The Lonesome Gods
“I am Johannes Verne, and I am not afraid.”
This was the boy’s mantra as he plodded through the desert alone, left to die by his vengeful grandfather. Johannes Verne was soon to be rescued by outlaws, but no one could save him from the lasting memory of his grandfather’s eyes, full of impenetrable hatred. Raised in part by Indians, then befriended by a mysterious woman, Jo
This book is nothing ...more
The protagonist is well developed, perhaps over developed. The evil that pursues him is absolutely abomiable but also quite reflective of contemporary selfishness and materialism. I would have lo ...more
The coming-to-manhood of Johannes Verne is reflected in the story’s setting: the mid 1840s, as Los Angeles grows from a sleepy Mexican town to a major West Coast trading center. Young Verne crosse ...more
There are some minor plot flaws, and the ending felt a little ...more
2018: 3.5 stars
My review back in 1996 was overly brief, so I read the book again. All of L'Amour's works are at my fingertips since this is one of the few authors that my father reads ... and re-reads. He doesn't have a favorite title. Does L'Amour still have a following? Or has the West been so diminished and civilized that these novels have become 'fossils.'
I sat very still, as befitted a small boy among strangers, staring wide-eyed into a world I did not know. I was six ...more
But that’s just about all that The Lonesome Gods is: an entertaining story. The characters are shallow and lack the distinctive attributes that make humans co ...more
Ahhh! I love Louis L'Amour books. I'm glad I had to reread this one again for a book club. It is one of my favorites.
There are many reasons that I enjoy his books. In this book I was drawn into the main characters and I feel their feelings. I feel that they are developed. I understand them...
I also love that the main character is always very well read. In every L'Amour books there's a list of at least 10 ...more
"Long since, I had learned that one needs moments of quiet, moments of stillness, for both the inner and outer man, a moment of contemplation or even simple emptiness when the stress coul ...more
"I am Johannes Verne and I am not afraid." ...more
Familiar names and landmarks like Palm Springs, the San Jacinto Mountains, Morongo Valley and, yes, the Mojave Desert take o ...more
There are a lot of characters and a lot of backstories that culminate in the end. Once I got everyone straight I enjoyed it. A basic cowboy story, coming of age, Indians, horse rustlers, shootings and a little romance. I enjoyed the 2nd half of the book more than the first half. And I learned a lot about surviving in the desert.
There was a lot good quotes from the book:
"We co ...more
He knew everything (it seems). I loved the descriptions of the desert and early Los Angeles. We discussed this yesterday with a group of scholars that we mentor, and it was a fantastic discussion. There is so much of value to be gleaned here. I will definitely read more of his work. ...more
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I did not know, and I told her so, but the question worried me. Should I know?
“There is time,” she said, “but the sooner you know, the sooner you can plan. To have a goal is the important thing, and to work toward it. Then, if you decide you wish to do something different, you will at least have been moving, you will have been going somewhere, you will have been learning.”