In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.
From the Indians defending their land with unrelenting savagery, to the Texans attempting to seize and "civilize" it, and the Mexicans threatened by both, the reckless men of the untamed frontier make this at once a riveting adventure story and a powerful work of literature.
©2000 Larry McMurtry; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
The plot is not complicated, and not all that different from many other western adventure novels, but the adventures themselves are quite amazing. There is a lot of gruesomeness in this book. It makes me sad to think of the inhumane things we humans are sometimes willing to perpetrate against our fellow humans.
I'm sitting the fence right now as to whether I will read the other two books in this series (Lonsome Dove being the fourth book and the only other one I have read). McMurtry is a very good writer and from that standpoint I do want to finish the series. But the gruesomeness is a little overwhelming, and from that standpoint I don't want to finish it. I came to care about the characters in this story, and that made it all the harder to "witness" as it were, the evil that is so easily committed against so many good men and women. But either way, I have to take a break from the heaviness of this book and next read something a little lighter.
The narrator, Will Patton, is absolutely fabulous. Ok, his French suffered a little bit, but the only French character was in the book for just a short time, and we all got over it. Every other characterization was top notch.
This is a great story. I could not put it down. The narrator did a great job as well. I have already purchased the next book in the series and will look for more information the series from this author.
If you enjoyed Lonesome Dove and Streets of Loredo, this is very good to go back to how it began. Woodrow Call and Guys Macrae, two very well thought out characters.
I'm making my way through all of McMurty's works - Will Patton's narration of this book is of equal quality to the narrator for Lonesome Dove and you owe it to yourself to let Patton read this tale for you! Great, brutal, beautiful adventures of the West.
The ending gave me chills over and over again. The adventures are almost too grueling but you will come to love the characters too much to have the slightest chance to put the story down. Patton's narration was so good that I got lifelong crushes on two of the female characters he portrayed.
Dana Lemke "train lover"
Great characters...great story of a part of the wild brutal west. Narrator was outstanding . I felt like I was there. It makes me want to visit that part of new mexico.
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