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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 just 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 suddenlyHe fires off a six shooter s worth of 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 just 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 suddenlyHe 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 did Rating 3.5 My dad loves all his books and I read over a hundred while staving off the night terrors when growing up.It is a strange fact about the old west, Indians, and the genocidal take over of the land now called the United States that 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 My dad loves all his books and I read over a hundred while staving off the night terrors when growing up.It is a strange fact about the old west, Indians, and the genocidal take over of the land now called the United States that 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 justifies the take over of their land with the old their time was passing illogic as if there wasn t an agent behind their passing Reading one of his novels, one gets the feeling he never did any research required of historical novels Details are always vague Little reference is made to historical events, ways of doing things, or period details that would lend credence to his imaginings His stories could just as easily been set on Mars for all the research that shows through his writing But Americans are already disposed to believing all this romantic Old West bullshit, so you don t have to try very hard When a writer taps into our national myths, they don t have to be accurate or true, because most of our national myths are lies already believed 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 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 partners 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 as 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 the varmint I ve actually said varmint so many times this last week because I m just that immature or two that it s become almost a non word, but do you know what I see when I think of varmint I 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 jacket says that L Amour s great grandfather or was it grandfather was scalped by a Sioux Indian there s just 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 the peoples here first, but the book doesn t really excuse that bad history, it just tells the story I ll be looking for another L Amour down the road, one of his originals this time More of a 3.5, but quite good,meat than the typical L Amour Sort of a quick version of John Jakes Bicentennial series, just focused on the mid to late 1800 s I was surprised to find out that L Amour just wrote the novelization of the screenplay, not the original story More of a 3.5, but quite good,meat than the typical L Amour Sort of a quick version of John Jakes Bicentennial series, just focused on the mid to late 1800 s I was surprised to find out that L Amour just wrote the novelization of the screenplay, not the original story ( Download Pdf ) ♶ How the West Was Won ⚖ 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 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 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 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. I know that there are people out there who have read every single one of Louis L Amour s books Most of them also probably fall into the category of people 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 cover.I m not that guy Before now, I ve never read anythi I know that there are people out there who have read every single one of Louis L Amour s books Most of them also probably fall into the category of people 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 cover.I m not that guy Before now, I ve never read anything by L Amour, or had any desire to There are just too damn many good books in the world to be wasting time on bodice rippers and ranch romances Having said that, when I found a copy of How the West Was Won in a pile of books inherited from my father, I decided to have a go at one of Louis books How the West Was Won was about what I expected from L Amour, but perhaps just a bitThe book was clearly a hybrid of movie script and standard L Amour fare But maybe because it channeled the 1962 film which I haven t seen , the book felt cinematic and a bit heroic at least in the style of an old Hollywood Western.Mirroring a Hollywood archetype isn t all that horrible, especially for a very short book You won t get any depth to the characters or nuanced motives from this book What you will get is a nice description of several generations of a family who went West and fairly readable segments describing their adventures 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, just 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 T 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, just 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 lotinternal 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 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 It 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. Another really enjoyable book It is one which follows the different generations of a family and their contribution to the West Fictional, but fun.