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Dead Man's Walk By Larry McMurtry Dead Man s Walk Dead Man s Walk is the first extraordinary book in the epic Lonesome Dove tetralogy in which Larry McMurtry breathed new life into the vanished American West and created two of the most memorable he

  • Title: Dead Man's Walk
  • Author: Larry McMurtry
  • ISBN: 9780684857541
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dead Man's Walk By Larry McMurtry Dead Man s Walk is the first, extraordinary book in the epic Lonesome Dove tetralogy, in which Larry McMurtry breathed new life into the vanished American West and created two of the most memorable heroes in contemporary fiction Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call As young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call have much to learn about survival in a land fraught with perils not onlyDead Man s Walk is the first, extraordinary book in the epic Lonesome Dove tetralogy, in which Larry McMurtry breathed new life into the vanished American West and created two of the most memorable heroes in contemporary fiction Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call As young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call have much to learn about survival in a land fraught with perils not only the blazing heat and raging tornadoes, roiling rivers and merciless Indians but also the deadly whims of soldiers On their first expeditions led by incompetent officers and accompanied by the robust, dauntless whore known as the Great Western they will face death at the hands of the cunning Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump and the silent Apache Gomez They will be astonished by the Mexican army And Gus will meet the love of his life.
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    1. Nate on said:

      Dead Man s Walk couldn t POSSIBLY be a apt title, as this book mainly consists of two things walking and dying This, the chronological first of the Gus Call stories, is a surprisingly harsh and brutal series of expeditions in the Southwest, usually involving hostile Mexicans, Apache and or Comanche The titular stretch of hostile ground in modern day New Mexico is so fucking desolate and uninhabitable that it was even used for the Trinity atomic bomb test in 1945 The aforementioned expeditions r [...]

    2. Jon on said:

      While it was great to read about Gus and Call again two of literature s vivid characters there seemed to be little point to DEAD MAN S WALK other than here s some Gus Call While LONESOME DOVE contains not only great characters and stirring developments, but also meditates on themes of change, age and regret, here McMurtry seems content to just revisit his two leads and kick them around the old west for a few hundred pages Most disappointingly, in this novel Gus and Call are passive characters [...]

    3. Dan on said:

      My review for those who do not want to read this book Hungry, thirsty, lost, hungry, thirsty, lost, hungry, thirsty, Comanches, hungry, thirsty, lost, hungry, thirsty, Mexicans, hungry, thirsty, walking, hungry, thirsty, walking.My Review for those who may This book, while entertaining, is rather repetitive I m not sure how entertaining it would be without having read Lonesome Dove first a clearly superior novel Strangely, both Gus and Call are bystanders rather than protagonists in this novel M [...]

    4. Carol Storm on said:

      I really loved this prequel to the Western Classic LONESOME DOVE In this story, Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae are not seasoned veterans in the Wild West of the 1870 s when the buffalo herds are gone and the Indian tribes nearly vanished Instead they are boys in their teens, inhabiting a post Alamo Texas where buffalo herds number in the millions and raiders of the mighty Comanche tribe can appear anywhere and inflict sudden death and unspeakable torture at any moment You might think [...]

    5. Bob Mayer on said:

      Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite books of all time And a rare case where the casting of the mini series was PERFECT I ve re read the book several times.Dead Man s Walk precedes Lonesome Dove timewise We meet many of the characters when they are younger While not as good as LD, it s still a great read.The long walk across Texas is fascinating I ve driven it in my Jeep, I was so interested in it Larry McMurtry is a master writer who has written a wide spectrum of books I don t want to give spoi [...]

    6. smetchie on said:

      What a let down Prequels blow I don t want to see my beloved, crusty, bad ass cowboy heroes as young, inexperienced, frightened, blundering, bottom of the totem pole, young ins any than I want to see Darth Vader as an insolent, surly, teenager It s not fun or cool or satisfying at all I wonder if I ll ever learn.

    7. Craig on said:

      Wow What a stinkeroo this turned out to be In fact, it sadly confirms the suspicions I had of McMurtry while reading Lonesome Dove which is to say he has incredible skill in drawing you into a rich, realistic, dusty Old West atmosphere but lacks the ability to create a well structured story Also, contrary to popular opinion, I feel McMurtry at least in his Western novels paints some pretty one dimensional characters.This book triples the meandering of Lonesome Dove, which incidentally I really l [...]

    8. Sarah Anne on said:

      This was the weakest of the series so far but it was still a good book It was great to see Call and Gus when they were green and fumbling and it was great to see Gus meet Clara Still, it didn t have the colorful characters that I loved so much in Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo I was actually wondering if he wrote most of this as a background before he even wrote Lonesome Dove just because it was so much less entertaining.

    9. Char on said:

      Some years ago, my friend Tressa finally convinced me to read a western and that book was Lonesome Dove It is now one of my favorite books of all time Recently, I signed up for Audible, to get a free audiobook, if I m to be completely honest , and when I went to cancel the trial, they convinced me to stay on for a reduced price.I agreed to it and immediately went book shopping Thanks to my lovely GR and BL friends, mostly I m looking at you Bark and Spare Ammo , I stumbled upon and recognized th [...]

    10. Twerking To Beethoven on said:

      To be perfectly candid, the only reason I picked this book up is I read Abercrombie s Red Country, loved it, and found out it was heavily influenced by McMurtry s The Lonesome Dove Series and Dexter s Deadwood among others, so I was like why not That being said, I know I m supposed to type something else and give out further details about this book BUT, given there are some sweet reviews out there, and I m not so good when it comes to reviews since I m way better at being either a spoiling or a [...]

    11. GoldGato on said:

      A man could perhaps and perhaps all day, and not find his way to the truth.I felt as though I walked across a very long desert by the time I completed this book The prequel to the great Lonesome Dove, this book required staying power Admittedly, I am not a big fan of westerns but McMurtry is a than decent writer so this book entered my collection But it exhausted me.That doesn t mean the book is hard to read Quite the opposite But the title is very appropriate Walking Lots and lots of walking W [...]

    12. CatherineMustread on said:

      The first in the four book Lonesome Dove series can also be considered a prequel, since it was published ten years after the third of the original trilogy, Lonesome Dove, though Lonesome Dove was the first to be published in 1985 This book follows a group of novice, inept and raggedy Texas Rangers, including Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae, setting out from San Antonio to Santa Fe, in search of victory and treasure Instead they find much trouble, tribulation, and torture from other Rangers, Native A [...]

    13. Joshua Gross on said:

      Like Lonesome Dove, there s a long journey through the whole book with a surprisingly short return journey There s also a prostitute trying to get to California and some evil and creative Indians This book, however, seemed like tragedy after tragedy on the open range, where everyone is always completely miserable or in danger Then things got weird and the book was suddenly over.

    14. Monkey on said:

      so far better than I expected Well, I m glad I read this first because apparently it blows if you ve read Lonesome Dove first.I quite liked it Feckless youths and scary ass indians Not at all the romantical style western I thought it would be.

    15. Christopher on said:

      The reader meets Captains Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call in the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Lonesome Dove as tired old men, ready for one last adventure after a life of Texas Rangering Here in Dead Man s Walk, the reader is reintroduced to them as young recruits to the Rangers Like Lonesome Dove and its sequel Streets of Laredo, this prequel is a hell of a good time McMurtry turns a guilty pleasure genre into a rich, capital L Literary experience Though the thorough characterization in Loneso [...]

    16. Jim on said:

      Dead Man s Walk is one of the best Western novels I have read, not nearly as deep as Cormac McCarthy sBlood Meridian or All the Pretty Horses but this is only the first McMurtry I have read, and I am delighted to find that there are so many to read.I am not very familiar with the Texas landscape, but reading this book makes me want to go visit Big Bend National Park and some of the other areas around West Texas At first I had a little difficulty separating the two main characters in my mind Woo [...]

    17. Steven on said:

      It was with quite a bit of trepidation that I gave McMurtry and his Lonesome Dove crew another shot If you read my review of Lonesome Dove you know how furious I was with the poor ending of that very, very long novel Also, I find McMurtry s head hopping narrative style rather annoying.However, McMurtry does such an amazing job of creating characters, and I was and still am in the mood for good Western reading that I gave Dead Man s Walk a chance I don t regret it.This is chronologically the firs [...]

    18. Keli Wright on said:

      I just finished Dead Man s Walk by Larry McMurtry It was written after Lonesome Dove but chronologically came before so I read it first when I was dating Mitch we talked about me reading some westerns so I had all ready bought this one and I finally got around to reading it At first I thought oh man this is ANOTHER GUY BOOK this reminds me of when Ryan and Chris would tell me to read books, except Mitch had never read this book but as I m slogging throught it, saying I think I can, I think I can [...]

    19. Molly Jae on said:

      Ahh, this is a great cowboy story It s the first time I ve ever read McMurtry who has written over 30 books, and I m excited to read Dead Man s Walk is the first in a tetrology which includes the Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove I think his writing flows beautifully, his dialogue is great and you can smell the sagebrush and taste the dry sand as he describes the West I imagine that his story reflects some truth of how the West was explored which means it is not a light hearted story I was f [...]

    20. Kyle on said:

      Dead Man s Walk is the first book in the Lonesome Dove series, and features three beloved characters Woodrow Call, Augustus McCrae, and Clara If you enjoyed Lonesome Dove, don t expect to find awe inspiring younger versions of Call and McCrae in this story Call and McCrae do not posesses great marksmanship, horsemanship, or tracking skills, they are not gifted with the ability to quickly learn Spanish, Apache, and Commanche, and they do not have great insights into the minds of Indians The two t [...]

    21. Mary on said:

      While not as good as Lonesome Dove, I still enjoyed this book this is actually the 2nd or 3rd time I ve read it I love the characters of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call who were first introduced in Lonesome Dove Dead Man s Walk is one of two prequels to Lonesome Dove Here we see Gus and Woodrow beginning their careers as Texas Rangers Their adventures in this book will leave the reader exhausted by the end There are some very gruesome scenes, but there are also moments of levity provided mainly by a [...]

    22. Kaye Stambaugh on said:

      I d recently reread Lonesome Dove, one of my all time favorite books, and wasn t ready to let go of the characters Dead Man s Walk is a prequel with Gus and Call as 19 20 year olds, anxious to be Texas Rangers I really liked the book BECAUSE I already loved these two characters McMurtry made clear why Gus and Call were so loyal to one another later in life, and we meet a young Clara, who I fell in love with, right along with Gus As in Lonesome Dove, the boys take a long journey filled with hards [...]

    23. Matt Cline on said:

      I agree with other reviewers that the characters are relatively one dimensional and the story is weaker here than in Lonesome Dove or Streets of Laredo, but found McMurtry s easy and whimsical prose satisfying nonetheless With this third novel in the series, Call begins to rise above Gus as the overall protagonist Curious to see how the two main characters will be treated in the finale, Comanche Moon I suspect also or at least hope that the story will arc from Dead Man s Walk such that, taking t [...]

    24. Scott Axsom on said:

      Another rollicking McMurtry Western, the first chronologically of the Lonesome Dove series A fun, easy read with maybe a little less allegory than I d have preferred but what it contains is quite good Excellent back story work regarding Gus and Woodrow quite delicious, that Would ve been 4 stars, if he d shaved about a hundred pages off of it got a little unwieldy toward the end and he had to bring in a deus ex machina to wrangle it all into the corral Still, all in all, a wonderful book.

    25. Karla on said:

      This was a letdown from the masterpiece that is Lonesome Dove The story didn t gel together that well, and the characters weren t nearly as well drawn I got a franchise feel from it, like it was just being written to give the fans Gus McCall stories, or simply to cash in.The opera singer s ploy to pass through the gauntlet was absurd It s really the only thing I remember vividly about it.

    26. Kimfu on said:

      EXCELLENT book It was extremely gripping I could hardly put it down My only criticism is that there were too many men in the story We need to hear about women s lives Caucasian women, African American women, and Native American women from this time and place I give Dead Man s Walk an 8 on a scale of 10.

    27. Amy on said:

      I decided to pick this up out of an overwhelming desire for Lonesome Dove to never end What an absolute stinkerI almost quit less than halfway through and now that I managed to slog through all 500 pages I regret that I didn t If you loved LD as much as I did, don t waste your time on this snooze fest, you ll only be disappointed.

    28. Kaustubh Dudhane on said:

      Wild west at its very best This was one of my best blind dates ever with books The book transported me completely to Texas and Mexico The description of the world is vivid The characters are simple folks with aspirations like us Moreover, the story is gripping with lots of action yet believable stuff.

    29. Ted Quisenberry on said:

      Can t help but love the character Call Gus but thought the book itself was a letdown Shallow plot and if you were not familiar with Lonesome Dove to begin with this book would not have held your attention and desire to finish.

    30. Erik Hanberg on said:

      McMurtry has such an interesting style of writing I liked this book Looking forward to going through all four in the series Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite books ever I ll reread it in order, since I haven t read since college and I have such fond memories.

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