When the Light Goes Times are tough for the iconic males of late-20th-century American literature. Rabbit is dead; Zuckerman and Frank Bascombe have prostate cancer; and now, after too… When the Light Goes Times are tough for the iconic males of late-20th-century American literature. Rabbit is dead; Zuckerman and Frank Bascombe have prostate cancer; and now, after too… 2007-03-06 Fiction Simon & Schuster
Book Review

When the Light Goes (2007)

LIGHTS OUT McMurtry's latest Duane Moore story disappoints
LIGHTS OUT McMurtry's latest Duane Moore story disappoints
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Mar 06, 2007; Writer: Larry McMurtry; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Times are tough for the iconic males of late-20th-century American literature. Rabbit is dead; Zuckerman and Frank Bascombe have prostate cancer; and now, after too many chicken-fried steaks, Larry McMurtry's Duane Moore — introduced 41 years ago in The Last Picture Show — needs a triple bypass. When the Light Goes, an aimless bummer of a novel, finds the depressive Texan impotent, but crushing on both his lesbian psychiatrist and a 26-year-old geologist with perky nipples. The book is slapdash in execution, larded with halfhearted sex scenes, and populated by stick figures, suggesting that the light from this once luminous series may have gone for good. C

Originally posted Mar 02, 2007 Published in issue #924 Mar 09, 2007 Order article reprints
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