“Dead Man’s Walk” (1995) / Larry McMurty / 5.20.15

1 Aug

Dead Man's Walk, Larry McMurtryNot much to say about this one, other than that it’s just about as delightful as Lonesome Dove was. I’ll say a bit about its chronology. LD, and this book, are each part of a four-book series. McMurtry wrote them in the following order: Lonesome Dove, Dead Man’s Walk, Comanche Moon, The Streets of Laredo. Chronologically, they go in this order: Dead Man’s Walk, Comanche Moon, Lonesome Dove, The Streets of Laredo. I read the first-written (but third) one first and, in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have. But at that time, I hadn’t yet decided that I loved the characters enough to commit myself to reading all four.

Larry McMurtry 2Dead Man’s Walk took me back to the when Call and Gus were young men, and tells the stories I recall being referenced as long-ago memories by the older Call and Gus in LD. I learned in this book how and when they met many of the characters I became so familiar with in LD. Again, though, not much to say. You’ll just love it, especially if you enjoyed LD. I recommend reading the books in chronological order, though, so start with this one, and just trust that by the time you reach the Pulitzer-winning LD, you won’t regret having started the series from the beginning.

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