Dead Man's Walk Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the first installment (in character life-lines, not in writing) of the Lonesome Dove series. In it we are introduced to Gus and Woodrow when they are young men and just starting out on the path that leads, eventually, to the final volume, The Streets of Laredo. This book lays the foundations of the personalities and conflicts that dog the two men throughout the rest of the books. Quite good, and highly recommended though not as good as either Lonesome Dove or Commanche Moon.
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Plot & Themes

Story of personal feelings?    -   search for identity The enemy is...    -   Indians Robbery story?    -   a stagecoach Kind of story?    -   adventure thru wilderness    -   lawman keeping the peace    -   defending against enemy    -   rescuing hostage(s)    -   hunting enemy Love/Sex?    -   Main character has sex with a prostitute? Who is good, who is bad?    -   Whities good    -   Indians bad    -   Mexicans bad Who is tough/wimpy, smart/dumb?    -   Men tough    -   Women wimpy Misc Cliche Subplots    -   hanging?    -   prostitutes & poker in saloon

Main Character

Gender:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Where does story take place?    -   Texas    -   General West Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   ranch Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation Time book takes place in:    -   19th century Prairie?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Part of a series?    -   Yes overall quality of this book?    -   8 Person    -   rotating 1st How much gore?    -   8 () How much suspense/how unpredictable?    -   4 () How much action?    -   10 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Happy ending?    -   neutral How much dialogue/talking among characters?    -   8 () How much non-dialogue descript of thoughts & feelings?    -   5 () How much romance?    -   4 () Non-dialogue thoughts/feelings primarily about: (optional)    -   thoughts about society/group    -   thoughts for/about others    -   thinking about puzzle/mystery/unknown    -   thinking about plan of attack    -   thinking cynical commentary    -   thinking about plan of action Kind of Series    -   Other Series Is book humorous?    -   Yes If humorous, kind of humor    -   Dry-cynical    -   eccentric personalities Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female anat. Minor characters feature lots of:    -   cowboys    -   Indians    -   politicians    -   blue collar types    -   police/investigators    -   criminals    -   military    -   prostitutes


Saving others    -   Yes Saving others, risking:    -   life Saving others:    -   members of group Growing Pains    -   Yes Growing pains:    -   looking for sex    -   looking for independence    -   looking for boy/girlfriend Loss of innocence    -   Yes Loss of innocence:    -   caused by prostitution    -   caused by exposed to atrocities of war    -   causing hardening of character    -   causing cynicism    -   causing greater awareness of how world works Search for Identity    -   Yes Search for identity:    -   what group one belongs to    -   what profession one belongs to    -   who one belongs with    -   what one is meant to do    -   what one has been in the past Alienation    -   Yes Alienation from:    -   from friends Justice    -   Yes Setting things right for:    -   self    -   friends Setting things right by means of:    -   taking powers in own hands Loss    -   Yes Loss of:    -   friend Loss causing:    -   anger    -   sorrow    -   search for recovery

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