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Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove #4)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  6,064 ratings  ·  252 reviews
The epic four-volume cycle that began with Larry McMurty's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Lonesome Dove, is completed with this brilliant and haunting novel - a capstone in a mighty tradition of storytelling.

Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call, now in their middle years, are just beginning to deal with the enigmas of the adult heart - Gus with his great...more
Paperback, 816 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published 1997)
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sckenda
Aug 04, 2013 sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children of the Llano Estacado
I don’t understand myself. I flinch whenever torture is portrayed on screen or in books. My knees buckle. I suppress a wave of nausea. If there must be a killing, let us be done with the deed as fast as possible and hope that the victim had it coming. Yet, reading “Comanche Moon,” I found myself galloping across the bloody plains dodging one mutilated body after another in this, the second chronological book in the Lonesome Dove series.

McMurtry understands our species' ghoulish fascination with...more
Kyle
Comanche Moon is the second book in the "Lonesome Dove" series, and it continues to provide the back story on the lives of Woodrow Call, Augustus McCrae, and several other major characters. I really enjoyed getting to know Call and Gus better, and to see the events that hardened them into the men that shined in the third, and in my opinion, the best book, Lonesome Dove.

Compared to the first book, Dead Man's Walk, I thought Call and Gus were older, more seasoned, and even less fearful of the Com...more
Tyler
By far the best of the Lonesome Dove sequels, and, for the first 2/3rds, the most purely exciting McMurtry novel I've read. It's a very typical McMurtry book, too, circling in on many of those same themes and character types that pop up in much of his fiction and nonfiction: meaningless, unromantic sex in the arid desolation of Texas; the fundamental inability of many men and women to understand each other, despite each being inherently sensible; the closing, or taming, of the American West; Mag...more
Carol Storm
Buffalo Hump, Buffalo Hump, Buffalo Hump! This magnificent warrior is not only a devastating action hero in dozens of scorching battle scenes, he's also a tragic hero worthy of Shakespeare.

Just like Shakespeare's kings, the last great Comanche chief is surrounded by legend and mystery. Like Richard III, he has a humped back which is both sinister and a sign of supernatural powers. Eerie prophecies surround him. Just as Macbeth can never be defeated till Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane, Buffalo H...more
Billcorcoran
Lonesome Dove is probably my all time favorite novel. This is one of the prequels and not quite as good but still a terrific read. I think it is the only one of the 4 books that can't be read entirely on it's own so don't start with this book. They were written completely out of order and I think the best way to read them is in the order they were published, starting with Lonesome Dove. McMurtry writes great characters and includes both humor and tragedy to great effect. It starts off a bit slow...more
Widespread
For me, and probably for many others, this series has been a shock to the system, but also a vital awakening to an Old West more horrible than we had imagined. But the beauty of these books is not in the horror; for that you can read Cormac McCarthy. McMurtry's gimlet eyed realism is leavened by a Dickensian heart, and his characters throb with immediacy.

I will take Larry over Cormac any day.
Trisha
A rollicking read!! And for those of us who got to know Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call in Mc Murtry’s Lonesome Dove this is a chance to meet up with them again, but this time as younger men. No sooner does the story get going but what they find themselves summarily turned into captains by their own thoroughly eccentric Captain Inish Scull (Bible and Sword!!) so that he can leave them on their own and head on south in pursuit of his huge horse, Hector, who had been stolen by th...more
Ms.pegasus
Jan 04, 2013 Ms.pegasus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in American history
The full moon was a harbinger of death to the settlers on the Texas frontier – the Comanche welcomed it's light to guide their fearsome nighttime raids. This is a book about death – the contemplation of endings rather than beginnings. McMurtry, in this prequel to LONESOME DOVE, seizes the opportunity to present a historical context, rather than merely a backstory, to his Pulitzer Prize winning story of Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae. He peoples it with a host of memorable characters: Capt. Ini...more
Megan Baxter
In Comanche Moon, Larry McMurtry has a deep sense of his characters and what they might do at any given moment. This often leads to scenes that ring true for the characters, but don't advance the narrative, or, indeed, subvert the narrative drive. This sprawling novel is not one of plot. It is one of detail, and character-driven meandering.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the...more
Mari
I have to rate this book five stars because it is about Call and Gus, after all. I am in love with those guys. No one can write dialogue like McMurtry (well, except maybe Pat Conroy), and he doesn't disappoint yet again.

Everything Gus and Call say is spare, witty, and sometimes profound. Recurrent McMurtry themes such as how cruel or merciful luck can be in determining our fate, man's love of adventure, the nostalgia for the frontier and the frontiersmen, and the idea of life as energy and movem...more
Dan Secor
The second in the famed Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove tetralogy. Filled with unforgettable characters and unspeakable actions. The book is a trilogy unto itself, following the Texas Ranger heroes and unlikely friends Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae.

Unfortunately, the romantic elements of this novel (which left alone outside of the tetralogy are memorable) suffer from consistency when compared to the third volume of the series (which was the first written).

Still, we are introduced to characters we hav...more
Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
I enjoyed this far more than Dead Man's Walk, but it misses the mark made by Lonesome Dove by a great deal. What could measure up to it, honestly?

The set-up seems to be the same: Indian nemesis, a supporting cast of eccentrics, and Gus and Woodrow trying to reach the last page alive. There's lots of blood, guts, and gore to wade through - funnily enough, I'm not into horror novels, but put the same violence porn into a historical context and I'm ok with it. There's a lot of it here, including a...more
Pete
All of McMurtry's books are peopled by the most fascinating characters in American literature. As far as I'm concerned, McMurtry rivals Dickens in his colorful characterizations and this book rivals even Lonesome Dove with great characters such as Famous Shoes, Blue Duck, Pea Eye, Maggie and the rest of the characters that enrich and complicate Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae's lives.
Beth
Absolutely loved this series. It was perfect for a new Texan, and it has made me hungry to learn more Texas history. The characters in the series are such real people to me now, and I am heart-broken to have to leave them. The novels capture the era of the Texas Rangers and the beginning of the settling of Texas and the West by Americans. There is a sense of the tragedy of the era of Native control of the land ending, despite the protagonists being the protectors of the settlers. The books manag...more
Steve
A word about this novel before I get back to the business of writing reviews of serious, high-toned literature. It must be apparent from my review of Lonesome Dove that I enjoy reading Larry McMurtry. I also finished Streets of Loredo recently.

I have a theory about Comanche Moon. Mere speculation actually. I suspect that Larry McMurtry read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy before undertaking this project and was swept away by it--so swept away by it that he allowed it to influence his own ende...more
Jeneden
Comanche Moon was sad in many places, gruesome in others, but ultimately lovely and satisfying. McMurtry's descriptions of the West at this particular moment in history really puts you there. He delves into the psychology of all of his central characters which allows one to consider what was ultimately a war, from all angles. You get a feel for what it was like to be Rangers, Comanches, other Native Americans, Military Commanders, Native Mexicans, a Free African American, Prostitutes, wives, you...more
Tom Torkelson
Great writing, as always from McMurtry, but obviously written to plug the gaps in the stories on either end. A bit tiring with all the references to Dead Man's Walk and Lonesome Dove.
Also, no real mission or destination as in both of the other mentioned books; a lot of bumbling from one adventure to another...
Tess Mertens-Johnson
This book is a prequel to Lonesome Dove.
This book had well fleshed out characters, and the characters were the book.
Texas Ranger Augustus McCrea and Woodrow Cull were the lead male characters. They commiserate about lost loves, father children and befriend Native American along the way.
Inish Scull, Famous Shoes. Guiding Call Buffalo Hump and McCrae round out the cast, as well as Maggie, in the good old boy western saga There were torture scenes that made me squirm with the “skinning” of others....more
Linda
I have read the first two sections of Comanche Moon and skimmed the third. I don't find the characters to be compelling, nor do I find that the novel gives the reader a real sense of place. I have not read any other of the "Lonesome Dove" books, and perhaps it was a mistake to begin with this one. Perhaps this back story would be more interesting had I already been introduced to the main characters. I have read other books by Larry McMurtry that I have liked very much--"The Last Picture Show" is...more
Cormacjosh
I began this 803 page novel on my summer vacation and just finished it today. At first it was a delight to be reunited with the characters from Lonesome Dove, a novel I adore and would put among the classics. Then gradually I began to realize that what my late co worker said about this novel when he read it in 1997 was pretty much true: “The original had literary value. ( Lonesome Dove ) The others were written to make money.” I mean, I know its a dime store western but I expected much more in t...more
Emilianna
Bottom Line:
AMAZING!!!

I know people say that Lonesome Dove is better, but I like the Comanche Moon plots more than Lonesome dove. Mainly I think because it puts more of an emphasis on the Comanches.
That and I like Famous Shoes so much!!!! He's just funny.
But it was good, it was my first Western and the movie is also very wonderful.
I think it should not be compared so hard to Lonesome Dove. Its a really wonderful book.
John
Dec 16, 2010 John rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that wants a mindless western epic.
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Mindy
I couldn't finish this book. Reading all the western banter was way too distracting. I think the personalities of the characters were also not very desirable. So I gave up!

Sorry Kelly , I REALLY tried to get into it and it just wasn't happening. It stayed in my car after I Renewed it from the library 3 times.
katy
I liked the book because I'd watched "Lonesome Dove" on Netflix and could picture Robert Duvall as Gus and Tommy Lee Jones as Call, the Texas Rangers featured in the story. Much violence here, mostly done by Comanches to members of other tribes and settlers in the Austin, Texas area before the Civil War. The settlers are in constant danger of kidnapping and death. There is also an evil character from Southern Mexico who tortures everybody he finds. By the end of the novel most of the hostile Co...more
Melissa
I enjoyed the story a lot, although it was a bit more violent than Lonesome Dove. I knocked a star off because I sometimes felt like the writing became overly graphic just for shock value. It was still really good though, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in reading an exciting Western.
Kaleb Day
I absolutely loved this book. This is a prequel in the Lonesome Dove saga and it did not fall short of my expectations. It takes place in Texas before the Civil War, when Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call were young Texas Rangers. They are made captains and later have to try and rescue their former commander who has been captured by a brutal mexican bandit while chasing a horse thief. The story is told from the perspectives of many different people, including some Comanche tribe members that go o...more
Lauren
Again, a good read, but it doesn't match up to Lonesome Dove for quality of story and character. Maybe it just pales because I read Lonesome Dove first. I'd still recommend reading Lonesome Dove before any others in the series.
Matthew Dexter
This one is pretty badass too...I remember a scene about an Aztec and someone being tortured in a cage in the sun, among other things.
Shawn
Best of the series. Yes even better than Lonesome Dove.
Michelle
Apr 07, 2009 Michelle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noone
Why, oh why, am I still reading this dreadful book. I think it is only because of my long-standing affection for the Lonesome Dove Series and the Captains that I continue on this, my own, dead man's read. Bible and Sword.
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Ok - I have now finished this beast. The book is broken up into 3 "books." I found the third "book" to be more interesting than the first two. The contrast between the Indians and the white men regarding the way of thinking and conversing with others and what each type of peo...more
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Among many other accolades he was the co-winner of an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain in 2006.

Larry McMurty was born in Wichita Falls Texas in 1936. His first published book Horseman, Pass By was adapted into the film "Hud".

McMurty went on to publish many more novels, a number of which went on to become movies as well as a TV mini-series.
More about Larry McMurtry...
Lonesome Dove Terms of Endearment The Last Picture Show Streets of Laredo Dead Man's Walk

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“Buffalo Hump knew his son was brave, but that was not enough. If a warrior lacked wisdom, courage alone would not keep him alive for long.” 6 likes
“The thing that Buffalo Hump was most grateful for, as he rode into the emptiness, was the knowledge that in the years of his youth and manhood he had drawn the lifeblood of so many enemies. He had been a great killer; it was his way and the way of his people; no one in his tribe had killed so often and so well. The killings were good to remember, as he rode his old horse deeper into the llano, away from all the places where people came.” 3 likes
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