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The Walking Drum by Louis L'Amour
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Aug 16, 10

Read in January, 2008

This book was a feast of cultural history research mixed with a hero's journey. L'Amour winds his wealth of information into the story well; I never really felt overwhelmed by extras.

Kerbouchard, the main character in this novel, is glorified beyond belief; even the name itself, apart from all glory won by the main character and his father, is said to have a certain ring to it. He is stronger, faster, smarter, wittier, more cultured, more adept at love and more manly than any normal man - and L'Amour makes a point of bluntly reminding you of this, often by simply stating it. If "perfect" protagonists bother you, you might want to steer clear. I personally felt the presentation of Kerbouchard and his features/abilities in such a biased light was reminiscent of heroic tales and mythos, and though it got pretty hillarious at times it didn't detract too much from the novel.
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