Monday, May 7, 2007

Book Buzz:-->Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry (1997)

"If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow...
Why, oh why can't I?"

The Geezinslaws
Western fiction, perhaps more than any other genre, suffers the most when characters are offered to the reader with nothing more than cardboard descriptions.

But occasionally, I stumble upon a western story that immediately pulls me in and leaves me wondering...measuring how I would have done...had I lived in those days. The kind of novels that make wading through the chaff worthwhile.
Comanche Moon by author (Larry McMurtry) is a 720 page wild west adventure.

Serving as a prequel to the greatest western novel of all times..."Lonesome Dove", McMurtry re-introduces us to the great tag team...Texas Rangers, Gus and Call.

With a small band of rebel Comanche Indians raiding small towns and terrorizing travelers crossing Texas, Gus and Call, (who have become almost mythical heroes in the region), along with a few other Rangers, must quell this problem by orders of their tough-as-nails Captain...who soon turns up missing himself.
Area Comanche Indians roamed
On their journey, McMurtry offers thrilling narrative describing the hardships of every day life mixed with the contrasting beauty of the land.

Make no mistake, Comanche Moon is violent...filled with some brutal torture and extreme cruelty, but it is off-set by an innocence men seemed to share when around women...respect men shared when around the cloth...and an honor men shared when amongst themselves.

Comanche Moon is a "can't put it down" book that captures the spirit of the wild west in a breathtaking manner. Good Stuff!


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whiteray said...

Thanks for the tip, Casey. I remember reading "Lonesome Dove" and marveling at it long ago. A tip back for you: check out Greg Mathews' "Heart of the Country" if you haven't read it.

whiteray said...

Correction: It's Greg Matthews, with two t's.

Casey said...

Alright! I'm logging the name down now. I'm always open to new reads! Thanks!