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Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,977 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews

The second book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy, Comache Moon takes us once again into the world of the American West.
Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow Call, now in their middle years, continue to deal with the ever-increasing tensions of adult life -- Gus with his great love, Clara Forsythe, and Call with Maggie Tilton, the youn
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 1998 by Orion Books (first published 1997)
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There are two ways to read the Lonesome Dove series, and they're analogous to the ways you can watch Star Wars. You can start with the first produced, which fall in the middle of the story chronologically, then read/watch to the end of the story, then loop back around and meet back in the middle. That's the way I chose to go. Or you can read/watch from the beginning of the story straight through to the end. (Star Wars: no way! Lonesome Dove: as you can see later on, this is close to the way to g ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is chronologically the second book and that’s how I’m going through them, even though he seems to have written them in a relatively confusing order (I know Lonesome Dove was the first, but I have no idea what came when after that.) I definitely liked it more than Dead Man’s Walk! I think it has to do with the fact that we get a little more time to settle into the characters and also get a little bit of town living, whereas the first one was just Gus and Call trekking through a violent, hars ...more
Carol Storm
Mar 15, 2016 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given that this book is the final volume in the LONESOME DOVE series, (the last one written, but second in the series time line) I was surprised at just how enjoyable and poignant it really was. Where to begin?

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. Li
Dan Secor
Jan 04, 2009 Dan Secor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2012 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 24, 2010 Billcorcoran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2013 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Jan 02, 2012 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2012 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan Baxter
May 19, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
My favourite of the Lonesome Dove series, who could forget the chillingly evil Blue Duck?
Nov 21, 2013 Widespread rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 18, 2008 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 16, 2010 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that wants a mindless western epic.
Shelves: my-quizzes
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Catherine  Mustread
Book #2 chronologically in the Lonesome Dove series, though the last of the four books in the series to be published (1997). Covers the roughly 20 years in the lives of a band of Texas Rangers, primarily focusing on two captains, Augustus "Gus" McCrae and Woodrow Call and their efforts to fight the Comanche and also battles in their personal lives during the 1850-60s.

McMurtry's storytelling ability and descriptions of the rugged Texas life of the era is superb and keeps the story moving through
Jul 22, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Mar 19, 2015 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Audible book)
This book is very different from "Dead Man's Walk" the first book I read in the Lonesome Dove series. In my previous post about "Dead Man's Walk", you met the main characters in their late teens as they first become Rangers. The story in this book, picks up the main characters ten (10) years later. Both Cal and Augustus have grown up, but so has Texas and the Rangers. This is reflected throughout the story. You no longer see the impetuous, brazen, and immature young men. Instead, y
Dec 17, 2012 A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot – 4, Characters – 4, Theme – 3, Voice – 4, Setting – 5, Overall – 4

1) Plot (4 stars) – After his horse is taken by a famous Comanche thief, an old Texas Ranger captain sets off after him on foot only to end up in one of the most brutal Mexican bandit camps on the frontier. To me, that was the plot. Much more than the adventures of Call and Gus, the usual protagonists of the Lonesome Dove series. And I eagerly ate up the pages about the ornery captain, the clever Comanches, and the torturin
Aug 15, 2013 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2012 Jeneden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Symmons
In general, while I fancy myself a serious student of western history and novels that describe that ilk, I have found the Lonesome Dove group far too graphic for my liking. I understand that the real west and the conflict that existed between white settlers and their Native American counterparts often resulted in tragic, even disturbing consequences. The problem I have with the LD novels is these activities are spelled out in such explicit, thorough and frankly disgusting detail. I found many of ...more
Tom Torkelson
Feb 26, 2014 Tom Torkelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, read-in-2014
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...
R. Shurmer
Same characters, but less skillfully crafted than 'Lonesome Dove'. The storyline is predictable and McMurtry dwells too much on gratuitous violence which as times borders on the sadistic. The last 200 pages were more torturous than McMurtry's two-dimensional Indians, and mostly loped ponderously to an ending (or a beginning considering that this is a prequal to 'Lonesome Dove')that all readers could see coming like a thunder-storm across the Great Plains. Also, one wonders if the character of In ...more
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.
Apr 09, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my review of Lonesome Dove, the masterpiece of this saga, I recommended that the reader read Lonesome Dove first as a stand alone novel and then go back and read the others. Here, my recommendation is entirely different.

Dead Man's Walk and Comanche Moon are, in my opinion, companion novels. They are best read together because without each other, the story may feel somewhat incomplete or in some manner disjointed. When read together, however, McMurtry's purpose and theme becomes quite clear.

Mar 20, 2015 Neyly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice ... a good set-up for Lonesome Dove. We meet a young Pea Eye, Deets, Jake Spoon ... a young Blue Duck, half-breed son of Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump. We have the backstory of the doomed romances of Gus and Clara, Call and Maggie. We meet Newt as a young boy. As you can tell, I've already read Lonesome Dove so am familiar with the characters. Would I still rate the book 4 stars without Lonesome Dove as the precursor? Yes. Really I wish that I had read the books in chronological order: Dead M ...more
Betsy Larson
Feb 13, 2015 Betsy Larson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Famous Shoes is the best.
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Plot summary

Texas Governor Elisha Pease sends a small troop of Texas Rangers, under the leadership of Captain Inish Scull, in pursuit of the celebrated Comanche horse thief, Kicking Wolf. This bold Indian steals Scull's famous horse and takes it to the Sierra Perdida to give it to the notorious Mexican bandit king Ahumado, feared for the horrible tortures that he inflicts upon his victims. Scull, promoting McCrae and Call to Captains and instructing them to l
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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.

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
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  • Streets of Laredo

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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.” 8 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.” 5 likes
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