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Dead Man's Walk (Lonesome Dove) [Hardcover]

Larry McMurtry
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Sep 1995 Lonesome Dove
The eargerly awaited prequel to Lary McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Lonesome Dove. In Streets of Laredo he bought the story to a head, giving us Woodrow Call in his old age; now, in Dead Man's Walk, he takes the reader back, to the days when Woodrow Call and his friend Gus McCrae were young Rangers, first confronting the wild frontier that will form their live. Danger, hardship,sacrifice, pain and fear test them to the limits of endurance; friendship, comradeship, courage and love give them the strength to survive and be cheerful against fearful odds.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition (Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068480753X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684807539
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McMurtry has published 21 novels (the best-known listed above). He also operates antiquarian bookshops in Washington DC, Texas and Arizona. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the real wild west 24 Jun 2002
By Anne
Format:Paperback
This book completely strips away the Wild West as we know it, thanks to all those Hollywood spaghetti western movies. It's a gruesome read in parts, but it's a gripping story of survival against the odds and the tragic waste of lives that was involved in what at times must have seemed a futile struggle to claim the West from the native Indians.
Forget reality TV, this book and it's sequels are the story of real survivors, ordinary men and women in search of the better lives promised to them in the new world, and the Indians trying to defend their homeland from the invaders. They were a pretty brutal bunch but one can't help feeling a certain sympathy towards them. They were not without their dignity and the white man who was not afraid of them was a fool.
McMurtry has a 'can't-put-it-down' style of writing with no frills attached. Read this book.
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"Dead Man's Walk" is one of those books that kept me glued to its pages, and there aren't many of such books. It is not one of those predictalbe - a cowboy rode into town, killed a few men, won the girl stories. It is a brilliant book probably as close to the truth as any, although at times the descriptions of scalping and torture make it a little bit gory. But it is also very sentimental, aspect which is represented by Matty Roberts and her growing feelings for old Shadrach. Often you cannot feel anything but sympathy for the characters, as they go from one hardship to another. The individual descriptions of each incident as they took place, evoke, I think the exact emotions which they are supposed to. When Woodrow and Bigfoot are forced to drink horse urine to survive, you know they have to, but you still feel just as disguisted with this act as the characters do. When Bigfoot is selected to be executed, one can only feel sorry for him and say out loud, that 'It's not fair! He's been with them from the beginning, he has to live!'. Gus McRae, when he wonders off whilst on duty, makes me angry for his disobedience, and all I could say when he got lost was 'Serves you right, for not listening to.' Both Caleb Cobb and Chevallie are poor examples of leadership, hell bent only on what they can achieve from these expeditions. Cobb's cool blood can be commendable, under some circumstances, yet I cannot but feel that he should have been hunged a long time before he had a chance to organise an expedition to Santa Fe.
Although I knew that the two main characters will have to survive their adventure, since they are the subjects of three further tales, at times it was hard to believe that they would. The suspense in some instances, e.g. who will draw the white colour bean, was immense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The West as it was 28 Jun 2010
By Shirley
Format:Mass Market Paperback
People who read this book will possibly be those who are familiar with The Lonesome Dove saga, and want to know more about the beginnings of the characters. If this book does nothing else, it takes away any notions that being a Texas Ranger was romantic and glamourous. It holds nothing back in terms of descriptions of torture and capture that people who lived in those times must have lived in fear of every day. The cruelty suffered by the indians' victims is graphically portrayed, and leaves nothing to the imagination. It does however hint that there were elements of this behaviour on both side, but its still shocking. This isn't a book that has a happy ending, but takes you through the early chapter of Gus and Call's early rangering life. It is however essential reading for any fan of Gus and Call, the ultimate rangers, and shows how they became the characters portrayed in future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than an Introduction. 10 May 2012
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I came to this book with some apprehension as I had already read the wonderful "Lonesome Dove". While it lacks the full power and maturity of the later novel, it was far from disappointing. It introduces Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call,but as in the later novel has its own cast of wonderful secondary characters, presented with colour and conviction and yet with the same restraint that is a powerful feature of "Lonesome Dove". The storyline draws the reader in, subjects him to some harrowing experiences but never relinquishes a tight hold on him. There is tension, pain, humour, sickening brutality alongside simple decency and humanity. A fine novel in its own right and an enticing introduction to its even finer sequel. A superior western. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 21 Feb 2014
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This book was excellent and in very good condition. I only wish I could buy a similar one of Comanche moon from the stock of ex library books. It was a great read and could not put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 13 Oct 2013
By Gilbo
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My first western in over 50 years of reading. Followed with Comanche Moon. Brilliantly written though the ending is a little far fetched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 25 Sep 2013
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The start of the great Lonesome Dove series, a down to earth account of life on the Mexican border around the time of the civil war.
Gritty and memorable. A must read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deasd man's Walk The Book 11 Sep 2013
By P. J.
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I have not read any books by Larry McMurtry that I did not enjoy.

This is another good read rom this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the American West in the 1800's.
This novel by Larry McMurtry depicting the Texan military expedition from Austin to Santa Fe, with disastrous consequences to the participants, is one that could be read by anyone... Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. D. Compton
4.0 out of 5 stars Family favourite
This was bought at the behest of my son who'd become interested in the story having watched the TV series Lonesome Dove. It's now been read by most family members
Published 13 months ago by G. M. Sidoli
5.0 out of 5 stars dead mans walk.
A very good prequel book for lonesome dove,gives a good insight into the main characters involved and life in the west.
Published 14 months ago by daniel francis hamley.
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love all these books - well written, historically correct fascinating read. Larry writes true to life
Read them all!
Published 18 months ago by kennelmaid
5.0 out of 5 stars For my husband
His favourite type of books! He loves Westerns, although not my taste in literature. But it keeps him out of mischief!
Published 19 months ago by Heather Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadman's Walk
Although I do not normally read "western" books I must give credit to this excellent prequel to the classic book Lonesome Dove.
Published on 11 July 2010 by Leonardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Walk
Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurtry, the prequel to the prequel to the great Lonesome Dove is a must-read for all those who have been captivated by the western classic. Read more
Published on 16 July 2009 by Mr. J. Powells
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