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by Louis L'Amour

Western fiction from the classic author.
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ISBN: 0553140930
ISBN13: 978-0553140934
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Louis L'Amour
Publisher: Bantam (1980)
ePUB size: 1884 kb
FB2 size: 1728 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 609
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The memories are what I love most about this book. I remember my grandpa - a fan of boxing and wrestling - reading this book to us grand kids while my male cousins acted out the action scenes. They loved it. I did not. I disliked the main female character, Ms. Marjoriebanks, for being a snot-nosed brat (I refused to act her part). I was apathetic to the main male character, Jean Daniel Talon, because he doesn't feel complete (and that's probably why I don't like Marjoribanks either, L'Amour didn't bother to build her up to who she should have been). My feelings haven't changed much as an adult.

This book isn't finished. It feels like I'm reading a rough draft instead of a finalized novel. Maybe that's why my cousins enjoyed it so much, it's incompleteness allowed them to insinuate themselves as they acted out fight scenes, but it's hard for someone like me to read. I think about how much better this book could be, if it wasn't so bare.

As a child, my grandpa told me I was clever when I pointed out that the text is repetitive. I appreciate that memory. But I still feel like L'Amour skimped out. He used a lot of key words without giving a real description. He tells without showing.

The bones for a good story are here. L'Amour, acting out of character, missed multiple opportunities to work in real history; instead, he focused on this imaginary scheme he fictioned up and this scheme feels bare because it has no history to back it up. Like the main characters, the villains aren't complete either. We hear about them more than we see them. L'Amour doesn't build suspense for the big whammy he tells us about at the rushed ending.

I don't even know who to blame for it - L'Amour for pushing this through to publication or the publisher for letting it go to publication as is. If the estate of L'Amour ever gets around to publishing more of his work, the first thing they should do is hire a ghostwriter to finish fleshing out this book. I want to read that book in memoriam to my grandfather.
Even novels with great plots need second drafts. "Rivers West" starts out so promisingly it almost hurts reading the last 70 pages, when author Louis L'Amour becomes so obviously disengaged with his creation it becomes a matter of "last to leave turn off the lights."

It's 1821, and from the Quebec coast a young shipwright named Jean Talon lights off for Pittsburgh and what he hears are fresh opportunities making boats for the great rivers of the American West. Crossing a corduroy road at night, he discovers a dying British officer, recently stabbed, who tells him of a very bad man, one Jean later learns has plans to steal the fruit of the Louisiana Purchase from the new American republic. Before he can make up his mind about much of anything, events conspire to plunge Jean into the heart of the plot.

Right from the beginning, when L'Amour sets the scene with his description of "a ghost trail, a dark trail, a trail endlessly winding" to its atypically-set time and place (at least 50 years earlier and 1000 miles eastward of the usual setting for a L'Amour western), you get the feeling that the author was out to try something different. Using the idea of someone planning to steal the West away from the nascent United States draws your interest, even if the actual method of doing so is never explained. You forgive a lot with L'Amour, because you want what his readers might call the good parts, strangers becoming friends amid the sagebrush, fights to the death, and reminders of a simpler time. So when Jean is quickly befriended by a cheesy pirate character with a pegleg and "Argh matey" dialogue, you enjoy the Walter Scott spirit more than you mind the implausibility.

But the plot oddities keep coming, like friends and enemies Jean instantly recognizes without explanation. Worst of all is the female heroine, whose thorough obnoxiousness around the hero is explained away by one of his buddies suchways: "If you're going to have steam in the kettle, you've got to have fire in the stove."

The sketchiness of L'Amour's narrative gets in the way of your enjoyment most. He takes little time to fill in plot points that seem promising. There's a very cool steamboat that resembles a "great black serpent" on which the villain rides, but little is done with it, or for that matter, with the villain. At several points, Jean is cut off from his friends, episodes L'Amour too obviously uses to fast-forward the plot. There's a scene where Talon is befriended by some Omaha, but it goes nowhere except to show L'Amour's readers that he realized he was writing in 1975, when respecting Indians was expected of Western authors.

There are good moments here, particular in the scene-setting first half, and a reader with a fertile imagination can use it as a casting-off point for his or her own daydreamt adventures. L'Amour had a fine imagination, too, and it deserved better exercise than he gave it here.
This was a very good story. Some nice plot twist and a woman. LoL. Walking such distance is unheard nowadays. And I can't imagine walking so far but it was common then. Boating going up rivers where no one is on land for miles and miles with an occasional Native American around and no one else.
You will enjoy this story.
Louis L'Amour is always a first rate story-teller and this one is no exception. Set a little earlier in the frontier days than your typical Western, it is from a time period under-utilized by fiction writers for some reason. As always you get a dose of L'Amour philosophy with an excellent story. This one was always one my favorite L'Amour books.
A new twist not much shooting, but lots of twists and turns on a ship, month long horse race with a River ship, fist fights like only LAmoure can write them and surprises and switches through out. I enjoyed it, it seemed to read fast. Wished it could have lasted longer. I am about to run out of L'Amour books, I am on my 104 of his books now.
Louis L'Amour is a good writer, who's books are predictable and fun to read. If you want unexpected plot twists and bad guys to be heros pick another author.
This is another of many LL books that I forget and reread with pleasure. The end occurs quickly because I confuse it with others.
Another excellent read by Louis L'Amour! This is the first installment in the TALON SERIES. Read them all, as I have but a second or more times only makes them better!