Comanche Moon Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the immediate prequel to Lonesome Dove and while it does not rise to the qualitative heights that Dove does, it is great fun to revisit Gus and Woodrow again. In my replies to this review's questions, I amalgamated Gus and Woodrow since they are simply co-subjects of the story. The main issue in this book is a huge raid launched by a Commanche chief named Buffalo Hump into the settlements of the whites. McMurtry does a good job of keeping his fiction lifelike and avoids cliches and too pat endings.
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Plot & Themes

Story of personal feelings?    -   search for identity The enemy is...    -   Indians Kind of story?    -   adventure thru wilderness    -   getting revenge    -   lawman keeping the peace    -   defending against enemy    -   rescuing hostage(s)    -   hunting enemy    -   at war with enemy    -   rescuing/acquiring/defending treasure Love/Sex?    -   Conflict keeping two lovers from getting together Who is good, who is bad?    -   Whities good    -   Indians bad    -   Mexicans bad Who is tough/wimpy, smart/dumb?    -   Men tough    -   Women wimpy Misc Cliche Subplots    -   hanging?    -   prostitutes & poker in saloon Important story of horse?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Where does story take place?    -   Texas Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   falling off Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch    -   lot of descript of animal care Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   prison    -   fort/military installation Time book takes place in:    -   19th century Prairie?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Part of a series?    -   Yes overall quality of this book?    -   9 Person    -   rotating 1st How much gore?    -   9 () How much suspense/how unpredictable?    -   8 () How much action?    -   10 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Happy ending?    -   neutral How much dialogue/talking among characters?    -   8 () How much non-dialogue descript of thoughts & feelings?    -   5 () How much romance?    -   4 () Non-dialogue thoughts/feelings primarily about: (optional)    -   thoughts for/about others    -   thinking about puzzle/mystery/unknown    -   thinking about plan of attack    -   thinking cynical commentary    -   thinking about plan of action Kind of Series    -   Other Series Is book humorous?    -   Yes How much humor?    -   4 () If humorous, kind of humor    -   Dry-cynical    -   eccentric personalities    -   satire Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female anat. Minor characters feature lots of:    -   cowboys    -   Indians    -   businessmen    -   police/investigators    -   criminals    -   military    -   prostitutes


Saving others    -   Yes Saving others, risking:    -   life Saving others:    -   government/country/world    -   members of group Revenge    -   Yes Revenge:    -   of evil against good Revenge against:    -   enemy Revenge for:    -   loss of property/riches    -   killings Search for Identity    -   Yes Search for identity:    -   what group one belongs to    -   what profession one belongs to    -   who one belongs with    -   what one is meant to do Evading Responsibility    -   Yes Evading responsibility:    -   mentally--claiming not responsible Evading responsibility for:    -   hurting another emotionally    -   failing to live up to responsibilities    -   failing to treat another right Justice    -   Yes Setting things right for:    -   self    -   friends    -   ethnic group    -   humanity Setting things right by means of:    -   over the barrel of a gun Loss    -   Yes Loss of:    -   friend Loss causing:    -   anger    -   sorrow    -   search for recovery

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