The Lonesome Gods

The Lonesome Gods

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws, and raised by Native Americans, Johannes Verne is strengthened by his love for two women and his ambition to survive on the Palm Springs desert.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Books on Tape, p2011
ISBN: 9780307737601
0307737608
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (15 hr., 4 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Strathairn, David

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Aug 13, 2015

The father had been reading to his son and left his copy of the Iliad open on the table. A passerby asked, "You are reading this?" "I have read it many times. Now I read it to my son." "But he is too young!" The man protested, almost angry. "Is he? Who is to say? How young is too young to begin to discover the power and the beauty of words? Perhaps he will not understand, but there is a clash of shields and a call of trumpets in those lines. One cannot begin too young nor linger too long with learning." The father continued, "Who knows how much he will remember? Who knows how deep the intellect? In some year yet unborn he may hear those words again, or read them, and find in them something hauntingly familiar, as of something long ago heard and only half-remembered." I have dared to condense one of the most touching scenes in all of Louis L'amour's works to illustrate the power of his storytelling: a dying man prepares his son for a life without him. "My friend," he said, "I do not know what else I shall leave my son, but if I have left him a love of language, of literature, a taste for Homer, for the poets, the people who have told our story--and by 'our' I mean the story of mankind--then he will have legacy enough." Westerns were about nation and empire building, and these stories had an underlying mythic structure that allowed the protagonist to accept responsibility and build community. The journey the hero takes is a circular one: to grow large enough to fill the needs of his or her community. The land was harsh and desolate, so people took only the best from their former lives, and amongst the tools they used to grow their community were the Bible, Homer, Plutarch, Shakespeare, and Blackstone.

Ohiofreebird Jul 28, 2012

Intriguing plot, memorable characters, and of course that undeniable western setting fir which L'Amour is best known! Well worth your time.

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He paused. "Each of you is a part of what is happening here. Do not think you can sit idly by while it grows to a great city, as it assuredly will. A city is made up of citizens, and citizens are so called because they inhabit a city, and if they will, can direct its destiny. Is it to be a place where only business is done? Simply a marketplace, or is it to be a place of beauty? The great cities, the remembered cities, are the cities known for their beauty." --Chapter 26

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