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The Strong Shall Live

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  587 ratings  ·  20 reviews
They came west to stay, risking their blood to dig the gold, ride the range, conquer the greedy, and carve out a legacy of freedom. Men honed by desert fires and edged by combat with fist and gun. Women tested to the limit of endurance by an unrelenting land. Now, in a long-awaited collection of his stories, Louis L'Amour tells of the real heroes of the frontier, the survi ...more
Leather Bound, The Louis L'Amour Collection, 145 pages
Published May 1984 by Bantam Books, Inc. (first published January 1980)
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This book is a collection of Louis L'Amour short stories that he wrote early in his career. I have read several volumes of his short stories and I didn't believe that it was his best work. This group of stories, however, I found to be very entertaining and engaging. If you wish to read L'Amour and want a place to start this would be a good choice.
Benjamin Thomas
This is a marvelous collection of western short stories by the immortal Louis L'Amour. As an example of the stories you'll find here, "Bluff Creek Station" is one of the shortest of the stories in the entire collection and yet it is one of the most inspiring. It begins with the main character knowing he is soon to die, shot through the spine by Indians raiding the stage coach station. His only purpose in living at this point is to warn the stage that is due in to the station shortly, striving to ...more
Linden Price
Not as good as it could have been.

The short stories in this book are also in other book of short stories. I don't like paying money for stories I have already read.
JoAnn Ainsworth
Collection of short stories. The last one was a tear jerker.
I liked Merrano of the Dry Country and Big Man best...
Eric Moote
Overall: A collection of short stories that all shadow a similar theme, the strong shall survive. I liked it.

I read this book on a round-trip flight. The short stories supply ample character development, and even though the plots are somewhat identical, each story has its own life and vividness. It is classic L'Amour through and through, so if you like his style westerns, then I would not hesitate to pick this collection up.
An Odd1
**** "The Strong Shall Live" collects seven short stories by Louis L'Amour that exemplify individual courage in the western frontier. Big, small, serious, light, every man is a hero against Injuns and rustlers. Humour starts with tall tales and catches one loner unaware in marriage. L'Amour was ahead of his time, seeing inside courage, opposing race prejudice. I feel better after being in his world.
Jeff Dickison
Another good book of short stories by L'Amour. Only three of these 7 stories are given publishing dates; two are from 1976 and one is from 1978. The others have unknown publishing dates. I agree with another reviewer who commented on the last story, "Bluff Creek Station". It is one of the best western short stories that I have read. Recommended to readers of western fiction.
Vincent Darlage
This was a good collection of stories. This was one of my dad's favorite books (and we laid a copy of it to rest with him), and I wanted to make sure I had read it. Louis L'amour writes a good story, and this collection is evidence of that.
Louis had me at the first line: The land was fire beneath and the sky was brass above, but throughout the day's long riding the bound man sat erect in the saddle and cursed them for thieves and cowards. Who knew, I'm now a L'Amour Lover.
This is a fantastic collection of stories, most of which I've read before. However, I'll be rereading this book for the inspiration and toughness of the characters portrayed in each story.
Fredrick Danysh
The Strong Shall Live is a collection of short stories about survival on the frontier in the face of many challenges. They are also about human character.
Wayne Hastings
Great collection of short stories. It's amazing to me how he can say so much in such a short format. He was a gifted man in his craft.
Peter Charleston
Nice western adventure but leaves you hanging at the end.
I don't have the leather bound, but the paperback.
Partridge Public
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Recommends it for: L'Am West PB
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L'Amour, Louis PB
A short story collection. A pretty good one.
David Reynolds
Love his short stories!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Louis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".
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