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let me start by saying I'm normally not a western novel reader. The book was given to me as a gift along with a strong recommendation I picked it up with a "ho-hum" attitude, and was hooked before I finished the first chapter. It mixed some humor in with a masterfully written novel. It had everything one could want ... Action, suspense, romance, heroes, villainst, twists and so much more. The Author sets you right in the middle of an action packed novel, he stimulates your senses and makes you feel the action. When the story and the book ended ... It left me wanting more. Well ... MORE I got ... "Comanche Moon". Do yourself a favor get it
Although somewhat more discrete in Lonesome Dove (and even more so in Comanche Moon), McMurtry's penchant for visiting death and sexual violence upon the novel's more likeable characters is undeniable. This typically takes place without a corresponding amount of retribution for the villains perpetrating these acts--who too often simply fade out of the story like unresolved loose ends. If in Lonesome Dove all the brutal murders and rapes of the main characters--culminating in Gus McRae's--simply punctuate the story, DeadMan'sWalk is a plain orgy of this rather masochistic and facile way to arouse the reader's/viewer's emotions, while leaving them completely unappeased. It's like watching a brutal murder/rape show in which, at the end, the murderer/rapist is simply no longer talked about, and the cop just goes home, pets his dog and pops open a can of lager to a suddenly-jolly soundtrack. The end.
Let me be even plainer: if you want to spend 4 hours watching a bunch of impotent men and one woman walking through the desert, getting hit by the Comanches, the Apaches, the Mexicans and the French; getting killed one by one by sadistic Indians and imperial soldiers, getting picked off and scalped, getting hit by stray bullets for no other reason than to have yet another likeable character snuffed out, getting 100 lashes of the whip, getting shot by firing squad--only to be "saved" by a weird naked lady singing opera from a horse, you'll love this show.
And if you like endless promises of revenge by the main characters--promises that never materialize, as the "bad guys" simply fade out of the story--you'll doubly love it.
If you, on the other hand, sit through it waiting for SOME type of reckoning--I don't know, a shootout, even a punch-up from the "hero" (if there is one) to the myriad villains in this series, you'll be sorely, angrily disappointed. The villains simply *poof* disappear from the story, and we're supposed to smile merrily along because some b***ch with a British accent that we meet in the last 20 minutes of the show takes off her clothes and sings from a horse to save the remaining 4 our of 15 Texas Rangers (who come across as bumbling fools) from the bewildered Indians, then you, like me, will think this was a long and deliberate buildup to nothing.
Oh, but some bizarre prophecy about a lady on a mule bringing about the impending demise of the tribe's "old ways" ostensibly comes true (although it doesn't), and dumb and dumber get their girls at the end, so I guess that ties it all up nicely. Bah.
As someone who doesn't have a McMurtry fetish, I think this is just a plain bad story that feels more like a cheap trick than anything else.
If you've seen Lonesome Dove, you're going to want to see the pre- prequel, DeadMan'sWalk (the prequel being Comanche Moon, another outstanding movie). It tells the story of Woodrow and Gus when they were first starting out, and has an A-level cast, including F. Murray Abraham and Edward James Olmos, two actors I really love.
I just love almost anything that has McMurtry's imprimatur on it plus the portrayal of the Texas Rangers including their attire, horses' gear, guns, slang used and over-all appearance was just the best out of many Texas Rangers movies I've watched. Finally, the women were portrayed very well too in terms of their dress and mannerisms and the simple fact that back then they existed in a whole different environment than women today.
I just started watching the Lonesome Dove series in the story's chronological order witch starts with DeadMan'sWalk,and follows with Comanche Moon, Lonesome Dove, Return to Lonesome Dove and finally Streets of Laredo.
This is obviously a made-for-TV movie, from the production to the acting. It's just okay. Not great, not horrible. I have read the book and it is more gritty and brutal. The only truly brutal thing going on in this movie is Jonny Lee Miller's "Texas" accent. It is obviously a Scottish actor doing an American accent and also trying to nail down a regional dialect as well. He sounds like a bad Forrest Gump impersonator. It's so bad it totally took me out of the moment for the whole 3 part series.
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2016
Like all of Larry's writing this is another master piece. And I like the actors he chooses to play the parts it is like they stepped in out of the not so long ago past. My home for 50 years is located just 12 miles from the famous Doans crossing located near Vernon & Fargo Texas.