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May There Be a Road: Stories

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Spirited American stories
Gathered together for the first time

From the coasts of Brazil to the borders of Tibet to the very heartland of America, May There Be a Road gathers ten previously uncollected stories that capture the magnificent scope and sense of epic adventure that epitomize Louis L'Amour classic fiction.

In these vivid settings L’Amour takes us into the pivota
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Bantam (first published May 2001)
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May 03, 2011 Greg rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Louis L'Amour fans
May There Be a Road is another in the growing collection of short stories written by Louis L’Amour in his early days. Most of these have been compiled by his son, Beau. As I understand it, this is to be the penultimate collection, with one more to follow. The included stories are clearly less polished than what he wrote in subsequent years, but you can see the unmistakable L’Amour style in them, and they carry the same themes of honor, courage, loyalty, good vs. evil, and unashamed manhood that ...more
This is a collection of stories that Louis L'Amour wrote over the years. Some of them were previously published and some were never published.
The title story tells of a young Khan in Tibet who leads members of his tribe over a treacherous mountain pass and a swinging bridge over a deep gorge. I has taken 4 years to rebuild the bridge, during which the tribe was isolated on a high plateau. The first trip over the new bridge is to claim his bride. However, when he arrives at his bride's home, the
Feb 07, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
Ten previously uncollected stories. Among the characters we meet here are a hard-living, hard-drinking freighter captain whose penchant for flying may change the course of World War II . . . A lonely frontiersman who unexpectedly finds himself the protector of two orphans . . . A boxer who accepts a gambler's payoff and then must fight to redeem himself . . . A detective willing to believe an unproven story in order to discover a painful truth hidden in a small town. And in the title story L'Amo ...more
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Feb 19, 2011 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
*** "May there be a road" is ten stories by Louis L'Amour with his classic admirable hero who combines brain and brawn under difficult conditions. The title account has Mongol-style villagers bravely staving off Chinese machine guns on a winter mountain. Other war action swoops over revolutionary Brazil. Detectives are strong, brave, smart, and in other collections. Cactus Kid, we know elsewhere as far-ranging Clay, fights for and lets go a Spanish senorita and her estate. "The Ghost Fighter" is ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Brian rated it it was ok
Shelves: western
May There Be a Road is a collection of previously unpublished Louis L'Amour short stories. The main character in each story was either a detective, western or boxer, although it didn't seem to matter very much as each story and character blended into each other.

There are some novels of Louis L'Amour that are fun to read, pioneer spirit and all, but I found each of these stories to be exactly the same; adown on his luck hero that does something redeeming and wins the girl.

I struggled through the
Kingsley Kelley
Dec 27, 2015 Kingsley Kelley rated it liked it
Entertaining short stories from early in his writing career that exhibit a solid knowledge of his settings and subject matter, and show the beginnings of the confident story-teller L'Amour would become.
Lee Button
Dec 27, 2015 Lee Button rated it really liked it
Louis L'Amour wrote more than cowboy stories. This is an enjoyable collection of short stories including 2 of his first 3. The characters are real and the plots believable. He must also have been a big fan of boxing.
Hayley Shaver
Aug 17, 2015 Hayley Shaver rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
This was a collection of shorts. I didn't like this as much as some of L'Amour's other books because he wrote about many things in this book that didn't interest me much, like boxing. many shorts were still very good.
Oct 23, 2007 Sheree rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book has detailed animated short stories. Very adventurous. It gave me motivation to go through the day. The characters that Louis Lamour writes about are very rough around the edges, heroic! It's a blast to read!
Ryan Mishap
Mar 08, 2009 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it
Shelves: when-i-was-a-lad
The auteur tries his hand at short stories set in various places around the globe, but they are just as bad as the rest of his drivel.
Fredrick Danysh
Dec 03, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories written by the late Louis L'Amour covering a wide range of setting. Good triumphs over evil if you keep trying. Very relaxing and easy to read.
Jeff Cadoff
Dec 25, 2010 Jeff Cadoff rated it really liked it
An excellent anthology of short stories. Try it as a sampler of L'Amour's works. Amazing depth and color.
Feb 19, 2016 Ron rated it liked it
A good collection of short stories, but not quite as great as his others.
I get a little tired of all of the boxing.
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Apr 22, 2016 Hugh Mcaloon rated it liked it
I thought that it was interesting to see how his stories evolved (From what I could tell, examples in this book range from his Early Days to his Mid-Career)
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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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