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Flint by Louis L'Amour
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Feb 24, 2011

it was amazing
Read from February 24 to 25, 2011

Whatever happened to The Western? Superceded by modern crime writing, no doubt.
This was a real return to form from the last novel I tried by Louis L'Amour (The Haunted Mesa), which I think he must have written in his dotage. This was a traditional, classic Western, and I enjoyed the portrayal of the scenery, the lava strewn mesas, the endless blue skies, the scent of the sage as your horse keeps you company in the painted desert, combining with the real men, the real Western girls who you admire nearly as much as your horse, and the timeless truth that a man has to do what a man has to do.
Although it often bordered on the laughably cliched, the effortless style carries the plot and the characters along, and you can't help but admire it. Is anyone writing like this these days in any genre? Maybe Elmore Leonard, and he started with Westerns too. I'd like to see a revival of The Western if only to remind people that seemingly simple storytelling is an art in itself, and it is through the Western that this tradition is best carried.
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