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Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  9,078 Ratings  ·  381 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
Paperback, 816 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published 1997)
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Joe Valdez
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Comanche Moon is the fourth and final entry in a franchise spun from Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning western Lonesome Dove. Published in 1997, a tone of finality is absent due to the story taking place fifteen to twenty years before the events of McMurtry's magnum opus. His protagonists--Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call--are serving in a company of Texas Rangers charged with protecting settlers along the Rio Grande from Mexican bandits and those on the plains from the Comanche Indians. T ...more
Megan Baxter
Sep 26, 2012 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Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.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
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
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2011 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
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dan Secor
Jan 04, 2009 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
Jan 04, 2013 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
May 23, 2011 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
Nov 24, 2010 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
Dec 01, 2011 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
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
May 17, 2012 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
Sep 18, 2008 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.
Oct 31, 2010 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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Nov 21, 2013 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.
My favourite of the Lonesome Dove series, who could forget the chillingly evil Blue Duck?
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 12, 2012 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
May 03, 2012 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
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, abnormal
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
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.
Rob Shurmer
Same characters, but less skillfully crafted than 'Lonesome Dove'. The story-line is predictable and McMurtry dwells too much on gratuitous violence which at 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 prequel to 'Lonesome Dove') that all readers could see coming like a thunder-storm across the Great Plains. Also, one wonders if the character of I ...more
Bottom Line:

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.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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.
May 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mat Hiner
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loving this new genre im into!
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Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 3, 1936. He is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two essay collections, and more than thirty screenplays.

His first published book, Horseman, Pass By, was adapted into the film "Hud." A number of his other novels also were adapted into movies as well as a television mini-serie
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Lonesome Dove (4 books)
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  • Dead Man's Walk
“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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