Dead Man's Walk

Dead Man's Walk

Book - 1995
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In the prequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, young Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae confront the perils of the western wilderness, from the Rangers' ill-fated attempt to take Santa Fe to their desperate trek across the Jornada del Muerto. 500,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Here at last is the eagerly awaited story of the early days of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, the heroes of Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Lonesome Dove.
In Streets of Laredo, McMurtry brought the story ahead, giving us Call in his old age; now, in Dead Man's Walk, he takes the reader back, to the days when Gus and Call - two of the most beloved figures in American fiction - were young Texas Rangers, first experiencing the wild frontier that will form their characters. We also meet Clara Forsythe, the spirited, unforgettable young woman whose effect on Gus McCrae is immediate and unshakable.
In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet twenty, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under the command of Caleb Cobb, a capricious land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren, empty landscape of the great plains, 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.
The untamed frontier, and the reckless men who live there - the Indians defending it with unrelenting savagery, the Texans attempting to seize and "civilize" it, and the Mexicans threatened by both - are at the heart of Larry McMurtry's extraordinary new novel: at once a riveting adventure story and a powerful work of literature.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1995]
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780684807539
068480753X
Branch Call Number: WEST McMurty, L 200.3 1995
Characteristics: 477 pages ; 25 cm

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JackPurcell
Oct 16, 2016

Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call [Lonesome Dove] as young men join the Texas Rangers. By a fun bit of trickery with time and history McMurtry involves them in the Texas Santa Fe Expedition of 1841 which in this rendition ends as the Mier Expedition.... Don't attempt to get your history from this one, but it's an amusing revisiting of the two later heroes of Lonesome Dove before the ever dreamed of renting pigs.

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