Comanche Moon Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1998
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In a book that serves as a both a sequel to Dead Man's Walk and a prequel to the beloved Lonesome Dove, McMurtry fills in the missing chapters in the Call and McCrae saga. It is a fantastic read, in many ways the best and gutsiest of the series. We join the Texas Rangers in their waning Indian-fighting years. The Comanches, after one last desperate raid led by the fearsome-but-aging Buffalo Hump, are almost defeated, though Buffalo Hump's son, Blue Duck, still terrorizes the relentless flow of settlers and lawmen. As Augustus and Woodrow follow one-eyed, tobacco-spitting Captain Inish Scull deep into a murderous madman's den in Mexico, their thoughts turn toward the end of their careers and the women they love in remarkably different ways back in Austin. What's amazing about McMurtry's West is that he sees beyond the romance. Neither his Indians, his cowboys, his gunslingers, nor his women act the way they did in either Zane Grey novels or John Wayne movies. Incredible beauty and lightning-quick violence are the bookends of his West, but it is the in-between moments of suffering and boredom where McMurtry shines. The suffering is poignant and heart-rending; the boredom tempered with doses of Augustus McCrae's sharp humor. Don't be surprised if you find yourself crying and laughing on the same page. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This prequel to the classic Lonesome Dove (LJ 7/85) follows Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae through their years as Texas Rangers as they create legends for themselves fighting the Comanche to open west Texas for settlement. For 15 years, the Rangers play cat-and-mouse games with Buffalo Hump, Kicking Wolf, and other chiefs as they pursue, attack, and retaliate their way through the Comanche wars. Ironically, Blue Duck, Gus McCrae's nemesis in Lonesome Dove, is Buffalo Hump's son, carrying on the tradition started by his father, even though father and son hated one another. Considered together, Dead Man's Walk (LJ 4/15/95), Comanche Moon, and Lonesome Dove create a monumental work that has few equals in current literature. Essential for all libraries.
-?Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"Famous Shoes realized then, when he heard Captain McCrae's casual and cheerful tone, that it was as he had always believed, which was that it was no use talking to white men about serious things. The owl of death, the most imposing and important bird he had ever seen, had flown right over the two captains' heads, and they merely thought it was a pretty bird. If he tried to persuade them that the bird had come out of the earth, where the death spirits lived, they would just think he was talking nonsense.
Captain Call was no more bothered by the owl than Captain McCrae, a fact which made Famous Shoes decide not to speak. He turned and led them west again, but this time he proceeded very carefully, expecting that Blue Duck might be laying his ambush somewhere not far ahead, in a hole that one would not notice until it was too late." A short time later the white owl was spotted by Buffalo Hump as he was preparing for his death.
The Indian characters were brought to life in this book. I was awed by them.
Who would have thought a western could be so much fun to read!
In this book the author hits the reader across the face with facts. He never mentions Clara's future husband without refering to him as "the horsetrader from Nebraska" which just gets annoying. (additionally, this doesn't jive with the impression I got from Lonesome Dove, in which he and Clara went out to make their fortune, settled in Nebraska and became horse traders. The fact that he has an existing horsetrading business in Nebraska and still hangs around Austin wooing women?) We hear about "Young Jake" which is okay, but "Young Deets" and "Young Pea Eye" just don't work. He never misses a chance to note Maggie's last name, which is an unknown in Lonesome Dove.
Nothing original happens with the main characters, and every plot turn is spelled out in Lonesome Dove. It feels very forced that in a period of just a few months (maybe a year) Call and Gus become captains, meet Jake, Deets, and Pea eye, Maggie tels Call she's pregnant, Clara gets married, and her parents get killed. Hell, those last three take place in the course of a few weeks.
The characters don't seem true to themselves, but pale copies.Read more ›
Comanche Moon is actually the second book in the series and takes up where Dead Man's Walk leaves off.
Comanche Moon is essential in that it provides much-needed connective tissue between Dead Man's Walk and Lonesome Dove. It brings Gus and Call back home after their failure in taking Santa Fe. It also paints much clearer portraits of important characters like Maggie, Newt's mother, and Clara Harris, the love of Augustus McCrae's life.
Especially important are the answers to questions that Comanche Moon provides about Blue Duck. But I'll leave you to the book to discover those for yourself.
No less than Lonesome Dove, Dead Man's Walk and Streets of Laredo, Comanche Moon is an incredible story in true Larry McMurtry style and, as already noted, is essential to the complete Lonesome Dove saga.
There are some characters who haven't been seen before, or who weren't in Lonesome Dove, anyway, and they provide some amusement. One, Inish Scull, is Gus and Call's captain in the rangers at the start of the book. He's a weird, strange character, and frankly should have been dropped two thirds of the way through the book when he returns to New England, or alternatively reintroduced to the plot somehow. His wife is even more outrageous than he is, and somehow is so annoying you're almost hoping the Indians get her and inflict some of McMurtry's patented unpleasantness upon her.
That being said, there's not much of a plot here, and there are conflicts with other books (notably Lonesome Dove itself). There's also the issue of history, and historical detail. It's as if McMurtry doesn't care, or doesn't know, and his publisher is uninterested too. So one character sings a song before it was written, another has a gun that hasn't been invented yet. The Civil War is almost an afterthought to the story. Frankly, Gus and Call would have been a lot more interesting if they'd gone east to fight in the war (many Texas Rangers did) and wound up at Pea Ridge or something. *That* would have been interesting.Read more ›
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This book needs to be made into a T.V. mini-series like the rest of the books. If you like Capt. Call and Gus this book is a must read. This book fills in the blanks. Get it. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by D. R. WATKINS Jr.
I saved this one until I went to the Grand Canyon, figuring to read about hard country in a hard country portion of the USA. It was a perfect setting for a magnificent read. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003 by nobizinfla
Comanche Moon is a typical Mc Murtry novel. More or less entertaining but with a totally predictable plot, a disdain for historical facts and some sadomasochism added for... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by Jose Luis Garcia
Comanche Moon is the seemingly lost fourth volume of the Lonesome Dove series. I actually encountered it on a used book sale rack at my local library. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003
This book is haunted by being a middle volume. Mr. McMurtry's writing is excellent but the story really goes nowhere. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by CC Coach Mike
Many reviewers in this section have already echoed my dominant feelings about this book...disappointment. Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Ryan
I have read all of his epic west books. I laughed to tears, almost cried at the sad moments... the emotions were rampant. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by Anthony Bascombe
This was the best book I've read by McMurtry, even better than Lonesome Dove.Published on April 6 2003