Jim Snow, Kit Carson, and one of Lord Berrybender's many illegitimate offspring make their way back to Santa Fe. But even they are unable to prevent the Mexicans from carrying the Berrybender family on a long and terrible journey across the desert to Vera Cruz. Beset by Indians and hounded by their Mexican guards, the Berrybenders endure all the horror of the Jornado del Muerto: the legendary Dead Man's Walk. The Mexican commander of the party falls in love with Tasmin, with unhappy consequences.
Starving, dying of thirst, they finally make their way to New Orleans, where Jim Snow has to choose between Tasmin and the great American plains. And after all her adventures, Tasmin must finally decide where her future lies.
Westward ho: listen to the rest of Larry McMurtry's Berrybender series.
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"As always, McEwan manages his own idiom with remarkable grace and inventiveness." (Guardian)
I thoroughly enjoyed this saga, all four books. McMurtry did not disappoint with great characters, tying in historical characters and events, and bringing the harsh reality of the frontier to life. Alfred Molina was perfect as well. I'm just sorry it's done.
This book is not readily understandable without the background of the earlier 3 in the series. Together they are a howl and a hoot combined. This one alone might not be so hot.
If this whole series is not a mini-series soon, or maybe I missed it, then it should be. It would have to be edited, naturally, but what a story. It is in the order of the "Lonesome Dove" but with many more interesting characters. I have enjoyed all of McMurtry's work and hope to see the English family on screen some time before long. Its on a level with L'Amour's "How the West Was Won".
This is every bit as good as Gus, Call and the boys. An adventure into indian country prarie with the english lord and his family, meeting historical figures of the frontier along the way. I am trying to think ok of a story to compare to this, but I cannot. well, I am familiar with the situation of being captured in Santa Fe by a crazy Mexican officer, then going on a journey across the frozen tundra as a captive, while people start dying from the rigorous conditions.. Berrybender and crew sees the Palo Dura canyon, and the Sin Killer's horse "walks on the clouds". Mc Murtry is a genious.
I was sorry when I had finished listening to the last book in the series and had to leave that world. I hope McMurtry will continue the series.
I really have to wonder if he wove in actual quirky happenings from the Old West along with his imagination.
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