Dead Man's Walk (Paperback)

Author: McMurtry, Larry

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In Dead Man's Walk, the prequel to the bestselling books, Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo, McMurtry dazzles readers once more with the early adventures of two of the most memorable heroes in contemporary fiction--Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call. National ads/media.


Publisher Pocket Books
Mfg Part# 9780671001162
SKU 30107666
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0671001167
Release Date 5/1/1996
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.25H x 4.25L x 1.25T
Author Info
Larry McMurtry
The son of a cattle rancher, Larry McMurtry spent most of his childhood on horseback under the vast, blue sky of the Texas Panhandle. In 1958, he received a B.A. from North Texas State University and in 1960 an M.A. from Rice University. In 1959, McMurtry married Josephine Ballard. They had a son, James Lawrence McMurtry, and were divorced in 1966. McMurtry won a Stegner Fellowship to do graduate work at Stanford University, and then taught creative writing at Rice. His first book, HORSEMAN, PASS BY, was published in 1961 and was immediately hailed as the first great novel to depict the conflict between the Old West and the New West. This tale of an old-time cattleman and his unscrupulous stepson (made into the movie HUD) began what would become a string of literary and commercial successes for McMurtry. Many of his books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning LONESOME DOVE, have achieved best-seller status, and several more, including BUFFALO GIRLS, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, have been adapted for film. The major theme of most of his literary work is disillusionment with the myth of the West. McMurtry is also a well-known antiquarian bookseller (and collector), who has turned his Texas home town into an important center for used and rare books.
"This is a great book...Larry McMurtry, at his best here, is one of the finest American novelists, ever. "
"McMurtry has left himself plenty of room for sequels to the prequel; if that is his plan, I wish him well, because this book was great fun to read. It is now some 20 years since Larry McMurtry advised other Texas writers to stop writing about the lost Texas of legend and instead to chronicle the new, urban Texas. McMurtry set the example, in such novels as 'Terms of Endearment,' but the, wily devil, he doubled back on us and wrote the most sweeping and romantic western adventure of all. I, for one, am happy to cede the historical territory to him, and to allow McMurtry to bring Gus and Woodrow back to life as often as he likes."
"When it comes to contriving tests of manhood, Mr. McMurtry knows no master....['Dead Man's Walk'] is a stranger and a more ambitious book than its predecessor, ruthless in its disposition of characters, sparse and vivid in its creation of the inhuman landscapes of New Mexico and the plains....Mr. McMurtry's two novels, freestanding and yet linked, should surely earn an award of some kind, for carrying forward to their ultimate limit the themes and leather-tough atmospherics on which novels and films of the Texas frontier depend."
"...[I]t is a satisfactory foothill, with the grand old mountain in view....McMurtry has a fine time with youthful damnfoolishness, and so does the reader. The young Rangers are randy and daft, and ...coltish around women...."
"Readers who are looking for pure adventure will gobble up "Dead Man's Walk"--a wild and wooly read --from cover to cover.
"Succeeds marvelously...resurrecting two brilliantly conceived characters and delivering a rousing tale of the Wild West."
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Editors Note Struggling with the harsh frontier as young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call share life-changing adventures with deadly natural disasters, incompetent officers, cunning Native American warriors, and romance. Reprint. TV tie-in.
Editors Note 1 Struggling with the harsh frontier as young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call share life-changing adventures with deadly natural disasters, incompetent officers, Native American warriors, and romance
Editors Note 2 Dead Man's Walk is the first, extraordinary book in the epic Lonesome Dove tetralogy, in which Larry McMurtry breathed new life into the vanished American West and created two of the most memorable heroes in contemporary fiction: Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call. As young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call have much to learn about survival in a land fraught with perils: not only the blazing heat and raging tornadoes, roiling rivers and merciless Indians but also the deadly whims of soldiers. On their first expeditions--led by incompetent officers and accompanied by the robust, dauntless whore known as the Great Western--they will face death at the hands of the cunning Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump and the silent Apache Gomez. They will be astonished by the Mexican army. And Gus will meet the love of his life.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0528
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