Books: Moving On

ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GOING TO BE STRANGERS

by LARRY McMURTRY 286 pages. Simon & Schuster. $7.50.

Texan Larry McMurtry is much better known for the movies made from his fiction than for the books themselves. His first novel. Horseman, Pass By, became Hud; his third was The Last Picture Show.

That kind of dislocation usually happens in the careers of slicker authors who latch on to popular problems or write characters that turn out to be "parts." But McMurtry is not slick. He tends, in fact, to create indelible people and brilliant set-piece scenes. Nor can it be said that success has deflected...

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