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Man of many frontiers,
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This review is from: Education of a Wandering Man (Kindle Edition)
This is one of the most surprising books I have ever read.For many years I accepted the idea that Louis L'Amour was simply a writer of popular Westerns, then, on beginning to read him, I realized what an under-estimation that was.
As Education of a Wandering Man quickly shows, Louis L'Amour was an author with a very exceptional understanding of human motivation and achievement, and a notable ability to bring it to the written page. In addition to writing with loving authenticity of the American West, he had an amazingly varied and voracious reading, much of it simply mentioned in passing, but sometimes with incisive comment, recording here a love affair with the world and its wealth of books.
He was, as he says, not just a writer about the Western frontier, but was interested in any frontier, geographical, historical, scientific, and those of the human imagination. "My first stories were not of the West, but of the Far East and the prize ring," he tells us. At the time of writing them, his daily reading was of Francis Bacon, Plato, Tolstoy, Kant, Herbert Spencer and Shakespeare, as his careful lists show..
This is one of the most "down to earth" books I know, full of encounters with people of all sorts, in all sorts of places, wise, quotable on almost every page. Louis L'Amour could be at ease with most people, from hobo to professor, and at ease with himself. On these pages he is highly congenial company.