The problem with nearing the end of a good book is that you are driven to keep reading. Yet, sometimes you dread for the story to be over. I guess this only happens when the book is uplifting, edifying in some way. This book is. It tells the story of a young boy who loses his only remaining parent, his beloved father, on a wagon trip to California. The father is killed by his maternal grandfather's henchman who then plot to leave the boy to die in the desert. But they underestimate him. He survives and grows into a strong, virtuous, educated man who must face these enemies again. He is self educated, learning by reading, listening, watching. So much of the story led me to ponder how to educate my kids, and how to raise a man.
|This is the cover on my copy...I love the parasol lady....it looks like a 70's made for TV movie.|
These books helped me define what a real man was. And how a woman should be treated. Louis L'Amour's heroes were always striving for virtue, though they weren't perfect. They respected women, loved their country, and fought to do the right thing no matter how difficult.
As you can tell. I am a fan. I highly recommend reading at least one Louis L'Amour. Not all his books were westerns, in fact, one of my favorites is the tale of a 12 century warrior. And many are kid friendly books. D is listening to two of them on tape. He has War Party practically memorized by now!
And about my dilemma....keep reading and face the end of the book...the good news is that you can always read the book again 20 years later. This is my third time tackling my Louis L'Amour collection. I think I will read this one next.
UPDATE: Here is one of the great quotes from The Lonesome Gods that made me ponder education:
"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." . . . The Lonesome Gods