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Comanche Moon Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1998

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (June 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671020641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671020644
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"McMurtry is one of our finest storytellers, and he's at his best here."--Kyle Smith, "People"

""Comanche Moon" has its considerable pleasures . . . a singular treat."--Michael Berry, "San Francisco Chronicle"

"Consistently entertaining."--Gene Lyons, "Entertainment Weekly"

"Almost impossible to put down . . . McMurtry knows how to deploy his most suspenseful episodes for maximum effect. he treats his large cast of characters with humor and respect."--Judith Wynn, "Boston Herald"

"[A] fine tableau of western life, full of imaginative exploits, convincing historical background, and characters who are alive."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"A monumental work that has few equals in current literature."--Thomas L. Kilpatrick, "Library Journal"

About the Author

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

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By A Customer on June 28 2004
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This book is wonderful. It's about the rise and fall of powerful leaders and the demise of the Indian way of life. My favorite part of the book is the end of Chapter 31 in Book III, when the great white snow owl flies near the face of Famous Shoes, the scout and tracker for the Rangers. Famous Shoes is more frightened than he's ever been before in his life because the white owl means death-the death of a great man. Gus's cheerful comment about the owl being a "right pretty" bird is priceless. I've read the end of that chapter quite a few times because it's so powerful...
"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!
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Let me start by saying I loved Lonsome Dove. I also enjoyed Dead Man's Walk. However, I could not finish this book. To me, it is not a big deal that there are historical inaccuracies. I do, however, mind that the characters are not true to their own history. Part of the whole Gus/Clara relationship is that he first met her when he was married, and maybe he would have been able to win her had he not been. You don't really see any of the wooing of Clara, no picknicks, no long conversations, etc. Clara comes out like a flighty silly woman, not at all the type of maid who would grow into the Clara of Lonesome Dove.
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.
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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. I picked it up and was stunned to discover that it was an additional installment to the series by Larry McMurtry. I had bought and read the other three and enthusiastically read this one.
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.
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Larry McMurtry is one of the best known American novelists alive, mostly on the strength of Lonsome Dove and Terms of Endearment. Lonesome Dove especially was well-recieved and made into a very good miniseries, back when they made good ones. Since, McMurtry has written a sequel to Lonesome Dove, and two prequels, of which this is the second. It attempts to follow the characters through the period ca. about 1850 up through the late 1860's. There isn't a coherent plot, instead the characters roam around for 750 pages, with much dialog and amusement, the occasional gunfight, and some gruesome torture.
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.
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