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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Comanche Moon

I finished reading Larry McMurtry’s ‘Comanche Moon’ which follows the Texas Ranger Captains Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae in their middle years. I’ve read reviews pointing out how haphazard the Lonesome Dove series is, but even the critics admit each book can be read with enjoyment and understanding by itself. In ‘Comanche Moon, McMurtry’s isolating and development of each character’s voice is amazing. Coupled with entrancing detailed descriptions of the Texas badlands interspersed throughout, ‘Comanche Moon’ is McMurtry’s best of series. I have never been a fan of novel landscaping minutia. McMurtry writes word pictures with enthralling technique. I know gritty westerns aren’t for everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to try one out, ‘Comanche Moon’ would be my recommendation.


Charles Gramlich said...

Were these published as individual novels and then collected? I have a really big book just called Lonesome Dove that I thought was the original book.

BernardL said...

Lonesome Dove was the first book in the series, Charles. Deadman's Walk and Streets of Laredo were the middle books. Comanche Moon is supposedly the last of the series. Lonesome Dove was my favorite until Comanche Moon.