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Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurtry
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Jan 27, 10

Read from January 18 to 27, 2010

Dead Man's Walk is one of the best Western novels I have read, not nearly as deep as Cormac McCarthy's Blood 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 more 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 -- Woodrow Call and Gus McRae -- but then that is because both were so callow at the outset. The short portraits of the Apache Gomez and the Comanches Buffalo Hump and Kicking Wolf were superbly drawn. I also liked the characterization of the Mexican officer who captures the Texas Rangers "invasion force." He grows from being a hateful martinet to a sympathetic character in a terrible position -- because of the inane and impossible orders he was given.

This is not a bad larry Murtry novel to start with. I look forward to the other books in the series.
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Lara I'm in the middle of this one and can assure you that Lonesome Dove is far deeper and superior to this one. You will really love Gus and Call's characters, and the story is much, much more moving. Dead Man's Walk is good, but the other novels are much better. So, there's a lot to look forward to. :)


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