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Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove) Mass Market Paperback – 12 May 2007


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (12 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671020641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671020644
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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On the wild Texas frontier where barbarism and civilization come in many forms, Rangers Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call are pitched into the long, bitter, bloody fighting under the command of Captain Inish Scull.

When Scull's favourite horse is stolen by the Comanches, he decides to track him down, leaving Gus and Call in charge. However, on their return to Austin, Gus is greeted by the news that his sweetheart is to marry another man and Call finds that the town's most notorious woman is desperate to settle down with him and become respectable. When Scull's wealthy wife demands that her errant husband be brought home, with feelings akin to relief the two men set off once more into the vast, untamed plains . . .

Comanche Moon, which follows on from Dead Man's Walk and prequels Lonesome Dove, follows Gus and Call in their bitter struggle to protect the advancing West frontier against the defiant Comanches, courageously determined to defend their territory and their way of life, and showcases McMurtry's strong affinity for the landscape and its inhabitants with a deeply felt lyrical intensity.

'A sprawling, picaresque novel' New York Times Book Review

'A monumental work that has few equals in current literature' Library Journal

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy Earle on 19 April 2011
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OK, first off this is not quite as good as Lonesome Dove, but it's not bad either. It charts Gus and Call's rise through the ranks of the Rangers and the changing times they're living in. Once again there's emotion in every paragraph and McMurtry never shies away from the less savoury aspects of those who lived in the west, whatever their race. There's brutality, beauty, poignancy, humour and pathos from the first page right through to the last.

If I have any major complaint it's that the third part (the book's divided into three sections) feels a little too rushed and jumps too far ahead of the preceding section. For all that, it remains a fine and rewarding read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Hughes on 25 Sep 2013
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As with the other books in the Lonesome Dove tale, its a great read, a true western. The four books together tell a truly memorable story of life in another era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Apache 55 on 18 May 2012
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I have just finished this book for the second time after first reading in 1994. The passing years have helped me enjoy it more this time as I appreciated a wider picture throughout the reading. What makes the book special is the authors ability to tell a story in every chapter which is evocative and connected with the bigger tale unfolding. It also presents the main characters in an excellent context at a different time in their existence enabling us to clearly picture the earlier development of people who would later be central to Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo. The mixture of humour violence and pathos is interwoven against a history portrayed inaccurately by many writers. McMurtery is a master at managing the pace of the book and the depictions of Call and McCrae could not be better scripted. A truly great read.
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The obvious problem with prequels is that you know what's coming later. Having prior knowledge of the fates of Gus, Blue Duck, Call et al, inevitably detracts from much of the potential tension in the narrative. Having said that it is still a ripping yarn, but the writing style is in some way more naïve than in Lonesome Dove, which also lessened the overall impact of the book for me. Definitely rates one star less than LD.
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Book as described and an excellent read. After watching Lonesome Dove for the third time the Mcmurty books fill a void.
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By mackemed on 12 Dec 2013
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really good book but suggest reading previous novels in series 1st to get the fullest enjoyment as characters enter and leave as it goes along & some have been killed off in earlier books but are referred to & mentioned in other books.
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By P. J. on 11 Sep 2013
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Recently introduced to the work of Larry McMurtry.

This book is well written and and has a great action packed story.
Recommended for Western fans.
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By Romy W on 9 Sep 2013
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Larry McMurtry is a wonderful writer- capturing not just the flavour of the West but with a talent for fleshing out even the most minor of his characters. I love the way he uses humour in sometimes unexpected ways. I came to his books through the 'Lonesome Dove' mini series with Robert Duvall as Gus McCrae and Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow Call. They were obviously the perfect casting choices because e reading the books chronologically starting with 'Dead Man's Walk' their characters leap off the page fully formed.

I am still reading this book- having caught the other prequel TV series [ including this one] I know what happens in the main but that doesn't spoil the book in any way. We have three men caught in uncomfortable romantic situations - Gus having lost his enduring love Clara- moved away & married- Call spending time with a pregnant Maggie but unwilling to commit not because of her profession but because he doesn't want to give up rangering & settle down and Long Bill returning to town after an Indian raid to find his adored wife 'spoiled' because of rape.

Read the books in order and give yourself a real treat- wonderful writing- great stories!
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