(How the West Was Won) [Download] ✓ Louis LAmour
review Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ Louis LAmourAs a euphemism for sex is probably the funniest thing I ve read in a while Straight from a mountain man s mouth sure but the way that this runs through the generations of the book was very amusing Towards the *very end the outlaw in this family recognizes distant kin because he mentions someone had see d *end the outlaw in this family recognizes distant kin because he mentions someone had see d varmint I ve actually said varmint so many times this last week because I m ust that immature or two that it s become almost a non word but do you know what I "See When I Think "when I think varmintI can t help it Without seeing the movie I m fairly sure that L Amour inserted some of his own knowledge and history therein this book a man who d been there done that he adds some interesting commentary regarding the Indians and other things relating them to other parts of history My book A Field Guide To The Birds Of Galapagos jacket says that L Amour s great grandfather or was it grandfather was scalped by a Sioux Indian there sust a certain amount of weight given to someone who was related to someone who was scalped That s probably as close as I d like to come to any bloody event anyway I m a right pansy about things like that Said in my best western
*voice It can t go unsaid that the West was really won by us running roughshod over *It can t go unsaid that the West was really won by us running roughshod over peoples here first but the book doesn t really excuse that bad history it Derailed just tells the story I ll be looking for another L Amour down the road one of his originals this time One of Western writer Louie L Amour s recognizable titles and rightly so this entertaining fictional history was first published in 1962Telling the compact fast moving story of a family of settlers from the 1840s to the 1880s L Amour covers a lot of ground and paints a portrait of the old west in grand scaleThis was clearly well researched by the author L Amour made an astute observation about the Western Native Americans comparing their horse culture with the Mongols and went further to opine that if the tribes had a leader like Khan they may have pushed the white men back east Tecumseh had come to early and uanah Parker too late While L Amour s collouy falls short of steadfast sympathy for the Native American s plight his is a compassionate narrative than might be expected Truth be toldust as his other works I have read Hondo Sackett s Land I have been pleasantly surprised by the minimalistic uality of his prose and the deft art with which he can blend introspective moments of thoughtful reflection amidst a vehicle clearly intended for an action loving audienceAnd that reader is not disappointed L Amour fills this novel with gunfights horseback chases and bear attacks The truthful legend of Hugh Glass is referenced several times the real life frontiersman who was the subject of Michael Punke s 2002 novel The Revenant A Novel of RevengeA good wester. Sowed the seeds of a nation with their courage and with their blood Here is the story of how their paths would meet amid the epic struggle against fierce enemies and nature's cruelty to win for all time the rich and untamed West. S books Most of them also PROBABLY FALL INTO THE CATEGORY OF fall into the category of who have rarely read a book written by anybody else I saw a documentary about something or other once wherein the documentarian interviewed a man who bragged that he had read every Louis L Amour novel at least ten times marking the dates that he d the read each book inside the front coverI m not that guy Before now I ve never r My dad loves all his books and I read over a hundred while staving off the night terrors when growing upIt is a strange fact about the old west Indians and the genocidal take over of the land "Now Called The United States "called the United States fiction writing about them is often taken for truth see Ward Churchill s Fantasies of the Master Race The back of almost every L amour novel lauds his knowledge of how it really was and the fact that he could ve been one of the tough honorable lonely fighting men he wrote about This is complete crap L amour was a seller of fantasy of lies and of ideals that white men like to think they possess He uses Indians simultaneously as noble warriors and bloodthirsty savages and ustifies the take over of their land with t I was inspired a couple weeks ago to pick up a western I remember stacks of Louis L Amour books around as a kid and thought he d be a natural choice for such a compulsion I had picked up a used copy of this book in great condition at Half Price Books and decided to crack it open I didn t notice until that particular moment that this book is actually a novelization of a screenplay for the epic movie by the same name If it didn t say that right on my cover I probably would have assumed that book came before movie Nevertheless I wasn t discouraged and figured that at least I d get what I was hankerin for and I d get a sense of L Amour s style Mission accomplished on both counts A multi generational tale spanning 50 years of history there was plenty Western to appreciate Indian battles outlaw battles saloons and gambling tough rugged and honorable men and the strong woman that supported them Each family member had their own vignette that showed a different aspect of expansion west from the rivers to the prairies to the Civil War and the Gold Rush I think my favorite by far was Cleve and Lilith s story that of a reformed gambler and a highly independent singing beauty It was easy to love that one because Lilith had so much character and vim she beauty It was easy to love that one because Lilith had so much character and vim she up with another single lady in a wagon train to head west proving that she didn t need a man or a traditional life she could find her own way A real highlight of the book for me was this running gag from the patriarch of the book Linus Rawlings And this isn t L Amour because I m pretty sure it s in the movie but Linus going to see the varmint. Ocean but left his heart and his home in the West They were women like Lilith Prescott a smart spirited beauty who fled her family and fell for a gambling man in the midst of a frontier gold boom These pioneering men and women. Another really enjoyable book It is one which follows the different generations of "A Family And Their "family and their to the West Fictional but fun The holidays are a perfect time to read Louis L Amour So I found this at the local library When I checked it out I thought the title seemed a little familiar ust like the classic movie staring Jimmy Stewart Debbie Reynolds John Wayne Gregory Peck and others and wondered how Hollywood could have used the exact same title Well it turns out that the movie IS exactly the same as the book I decided that this is one of the ultra rare occasions where the movie is MUCH better than the book The book had a lot internal dialogue which was interesting but the movie is such a classic that I found myself watching the movie in my head And surpriseafter some research I found that Louis L Amour based his book on the movie How disappointing A great writer like L Amour having to write a book based on a movie They euphemistically call it the novelization of the screenplay Time to go back to Zane Gray for my next Western hankering A sprawling book written with the usual L Amour skill The movie was a bit of a mess but the book was much cleaner if still somewhat messy More of a 35 but uite good meat than the typical L Amour Sort of a uick version of John Jakes Bicentennial series Encyclopedia of World History - Primary Documents Master Index (Volume 7) just focused on the mid to late 1800 s I was surprised to find out that L Amourust wrote the novelization of the screenplay not the original story Good ol fashioned shoot em up fun How the West was Won follows an ancestral family tree of folks through short story snippets of their lives as played out over the course of the United States western expansion L Amour develops characters ust enough to make you care if they survive the big moments of the 19th century such as the gold rush and the Civil War This is not brilliant prose For instance everything in Louis L Amour s world happens suddenly He fires off a six shooter s worth of shortcut adverbs because his stories are all about the action Hey these rootin tootin tales maybe ain t Shakespeare but sit back a spell let ol L Amour spin ya a heck of yarn and I promise ya won t be sorry ya didRating 35 I was prepared to give this book three stars until Zeb went West The first half of the book was a poor imitation of the movie The second half however is superior to the movie Once Zeb goes west L Amour takes over and offers us context Back Stories And Complexity That The Movie Could Not Explore stories and complexity that the movie could not explore truly feels like two different books What Jimmy Stewart gave us in Linus could not be beaten by L Amour but what LLA gave to Zeb Julie and Jethro could have been its own classic film I know that there are people out there who have read every single one of Louis L Amour. They came by river and by wagon train braving the endless distances of the Great Plains and the icy passes of the Sierra Nevada They were men like Linus Rawlings a restless survivor of Indian country who'd headed east to see the.