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Oh, that is a wonderful book, and Mr. L'Amour is a good example to follow, I think. I, too, am usually a "forgiving reader" and if I don't care for something I just don't finish it, and usually don't write about it.


My grandmother loved his books (along with those of Zane Grey). I read a few and found that I liked them, too. Plus, a lot of people don't know that he had an interest in the middle east and the middle ages. My favorite book of his is The Walking Drum. You would love it.


Sherry--That's me, too! I can usually find something to like about most books even if I don't get on with some of them as much as I would like. And I don't feel too bad about setting a book aside that I am just not in the mood for--lots of books will pass through my hands until I find the one that I'll really enjoy--and anymore I know my tastes pretty well! :)

Denise--I had never considered reading Louis L'Amour before. I just assumed I wouldn't enjoy Western sorts of stories. I did read Owen Wister's The Virginian--was totally prepared not to like it, but in the end I quite enjoyed it. It created a lot of discussion as I read it for a reading club. I had no idea that he had traveled so much--or anything about him really. It sounds as though he led a fascinating life. I'll have to check out The Walking Drum now, too! Thanks.

Buried In Print

"spectacularly serendipitous" OH, I love that.


I've never read a L'Amour novel and I've always meant to!


This reminds me of Stephen King's On Writing. While I'm not King fan, I loved that book. So despite the fact that L'Amour wrote WEsterns it still sounds as if he had a lot to say about books in general.

Joan Kyler

I read this book about twenty years ago and enjoyed it. Aren't we readers always delighted to find other voracious readers and to find out what they've read?


Buried in Print--Serendipity in reading is a good thing, right? :)

Caroline--I should check out the King book, too. I read a few of his books when I was younger but am not sure much into Horror stories anymore--I bet I would like his book on writing, though. It sounds as though he had quite eclectic reading tastes!

Joan Kyler--It is always interesting to read about other readers' reading habits--I guess there is so much we can relate to! :) And it makes us feel like we're not so alone in our habits.


So glad you were able to find this book. I gave my copy away many years ago to my dad who was visiting and who found that he just couldn't put it down over the course of a long week-end.

I know I could easily find another copy online but it is just one of those books that I hope to find again -- serendipitously in a used bookstore. I have a small list of that kind of book -- it includes a wonderful old memoir of summer stock called Broadway in a Barn and Ilka Chase's memoir Past Imperfect.


I've heard of him, and seen shelves and shelves of his books at the library, but never read any. Westerns don't appeal to me much, either. Is this one a biography of sorts?


AJ--I was so excited to discover that my library had this, but I might just buy the ebook and load it onto my Nook to read at the gym! It looks like a fun and easy read. I do love books about books and don't read enough of them, though I seem to collect them. Now I am off to look up your other suggestions--both new to me! :)

Jeane--Yes, this is a memoir--it almost seems like a reading memoir flipping through the book--of his early years when he was traveling from job to job in the 1930s. It might also be interesting social history if he also talks about what was happening in the world at that time.


He sounds a delight! I so like the idea of being excessively charitable to authors - I think they deserve it, for having valiantly tried to entertain us.


Yes, indeed, I do think it sounds good.

I was first drawn to Louis L'Amour by a fellow passenger, a marine, on an airplane. He chatted across the aisle about the book he was reading and how much he admired L'Amour. I picked up one of the books, a random pick, and liked it enough to recommend to my book group. At the time, we decided to each read any one of his books, which led to an interesting conversation, to say the least. This books sounds so interesting, and, yes, I'm the same type of reader.

I have The Virginian and have wanted our book group to read it for some years. I think I've lost on that one, so, should just pull it out for myself. I believe it is said to be the book that defined the American Western stories and that Wister was a friend of Teddy Roosevelt.

I think that Tom Selleck bought the movie rights to most of L'Amour's books. I know he has made a few television movies out of a few. Just a tidbit to share.

I will have to look for this one!
I have read about 60 of his novels and really like his style of writing!


Litlove--I think so, too. It's nice to at least try and find something to appreciate about a book even if not all of them can appeal to all readers.

Penny--I love striking up conversations with other bookish-minded people--that doesn't happen all that often by chance like that, and how cool that you did try one of his books after the recommendation. I often will try a book that someone mentions to me, too, and have found lots of gems that way! I read The Virginian in a group situation. It was interesting to see the responses--not everyone liked it, but it certainly sparked a good discussion. I was surprised by how much I did like it. I think I knew that about Roosevelt and Wister--I think I must have read about him at the time. Didn't know that about Tom Selleck, though. I remember when I was young there were always Westerns on TV on Sunday afternoons!

If you enjoy his writing style and are familiar with his other books, you might well enjoy this one, too. It sounds as though he talks about his adventures traveling as well as the books he read--there are even reading lists at the back of the book.


My mom used to read Louis L'Amour books, but the only one I remember reading was Down the Long Hills, and I still have a copy of it! When I was in elementary school, our teacher used to read aloud to us after lunch, and DtLH was one of the books he chose. It's a very happy memory of one of my favorite teachers.

I love Mr. L'Amour's reading philosophy--he sounds like quite an interesting man.


Kathy--How cool. I have had never even thought of reading him and had never been exposed to his work, but I'm very excited about this book. Who knows, maybe I'll even read one of his Westerns at some point!

Liz F

I do love Westerns but then I was a horse-mad little girl growing up in the 1960's and early 70's when a lot of the classic TV westerns like The Virginian, Bonanza, High Chapparal and Gunsmoke were about so it probably isn't that surprising that my first crush was James Drury who played the Virginian (although to be fair I think I fell in love with his horse first!)
I haven't read any of Louis L'Amour's books despite the library still having a shelf of them, but he sounds an interesting man so I should probably remedy that some time!


I've heard of this book and I've heard it is rather good too. Nice find!


Liz--Your comment cracked me up. I never did get into horses when I was young. And Westerns never did appeal to me, but they were always on in my parents house when I was little--I grew up in the 70s/80s so we overlap! :) I'll start with L'Amour's bio, but who knows, maybe I'll try one of his Westerns eventually, too?!

Stefanie--It even comes with book lists in the back of the book--too fun to see what he was reading! I love books about books--I'm a complete pushover for collecting them, but much slower at reading them!

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