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Jubal Sackett Imitation Leather – January 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Imitation Leather: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553063030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553063035
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bantam Books proudly publishes the newest Louis L'Amour hardcover:

May There Be a Road

Available soon! --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

Wilderness explorer Jubal Sackett was the son of Barnabas Sackett, the first of that name to come to the New World. Jubal feared no man, nor backed away from any challenge. His fierce determination to blaze new trails took him across the vast savage North America continent where no white man had been before. Living and fighting among the Indian tribes, Jubal Sackett forged a legend as powerful medicine man they called "Ni'kwana, master of mysteries." And with Itchakomi, the proud Natchez princess, he walked the path of courage that future Sacketts would follow. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

"I think of myself in the oral tradition--as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of a campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered--as a storyteller. A good storyteller."

It is doubtful that any author could be as at home in the world re-created in his novels as Louis Dearborn L'Amour. Not only could he physically fill the boots of the rugged characters he wrote about, but he literally "walked the land my characters walk." His personal experiences as well as his lifelong devotion to historical research combined to give Mr. L'Amour the unique knowledge and understanding of people, events, and the challenge of the American frontier that became the hallmarks of his popularity.

Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier." As a boy growing up in Jamestown, North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family's frontier heritage, including the story of his great-grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors.

Spurred by an eager curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons, Mr. L'Amour left home at the age of fifteen and enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, including seaman, lumberjack, elephant handler, skinner of dead cattle, and miner, and was an officer in the transportation corps during World War II. During his "yondering" days he also circled the world on a freighter, sailed a dhow on the Red Sea, was shipwrecked in the West Indies and stranded in the Mojave Desert. He won fifty-one of fifty-nine fights as a professional boxer and worked as a journalist and lecturer. He was a voracious reader and collector of rare books. His personal library contained 17,000 volumes.

Mr. L'Amour "wanted to write almost from the time I could talk." After developing a widespread following for his many frontiers and adventure stories written for fiction magazines, Mr. L'Amour published his first full length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953. Every one of his more than 120 books is in print; there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors in modern literary history. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.

The recipient of many great honor and awards, in 1983 Mr. L'Amour became the first novelist to ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life's work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.

Louis L'Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L'Amour publishing tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam.

Customer Reviews

The reader was excellent and the story was great.
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This is an interesting point of view for real early American history.
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Louis L'Amour is one of the greats in western fiction.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow! I really enjoyed this book. The character of Jubal Sackett was very well developed and set in a historically correct period. I found myself walking in his footsteps as he went further and further west. The story arouses the explorer instinct in all of us. I intend to read more of the Sackett sagas.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on December 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have yet to read many of his books, but I must say that all of Lamour's books are great. Jubal Sackett is a special character. I appreciate that Lamour spent more time on this book (or at least made it longer than usual) in order to give us a full scope of Jubal's transcending years in his migration to the west. The Sacketts are successful because they are well learned in many a trade and they don't take things for granted. They nurture their friendships when they can and comfront their enemies just as readily. You feel this story, you root for the characters and you feel as though you are among them. I guess this is more of a mountain man book than a western, but it still sets the setting for the Sackett's pushing west. A great book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Labuda on February 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A very good story. I would have liked to know more of what happened before it ended. I found out that there are 3 books in the series that I needed to read before this one so I ordered them today. I would recommend this series to my friends and family.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on July 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of a young man who is sent Westward by his father to find a new home in the valley of the river named The Tennessee. Jubal travels by foot and is tracked by a Native American early in his journey. They become friends and decide to travel together. Through their growing friendship the reader learns of traditions and beliefs of a variety of tribes.
The narrative, written in first person, often has a poetic lilt that reminds me of "Evangeline."
"Endlessly wound the river along its timbered banks, brushing the roots of leaning trees, heavy with foliage. Dead trees, uprooted far upstream, were a danger to birchbark canoes, and at no time dared we to relax. Around each bend, and the twists and turns were many, might lie enemy Indians or some obstruction to rip our bottom out."
Native customs enrich the narrative. Describing Jubal's attempts to communicate with members of another tribe, L'Amour writes, "We had fumbled together a way of speaking. We knew some Cherokee...although Indians who knew the language of another tribe were rare..."
L'Amour's love of classical literature and books seeps into his writing like a vein of mineable golden prose, saturating it with abundant information on a myriad of subjects. It makes the history he writes far more interesting than it might have otherwise been.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Louis L'amour has crossed the line, and written a western novel, that anyone who reads will love. The story of a proud, and determined American pioneer. I wasn't able to put the book down until finished. The surprise ending gives one last burst of excitement, just when you thought it was over. A must read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jubal Sackett was always one of my top 5 favorite books because of it's humanly unimaginable whirlwind of words that puts you the closest to actually being there. I read the detailed 341 page book in only three days and after it was finished I felt as if I had just learned to speak a new language. It seems to be a sketch with words used as lines and the final picture is simply a detailed masterpiece of understanding human behavior.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Adcox on December 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the greatest novel I have ever read(and reread and reread and ...). Louis is arguably the best Western novelist there is. Of his works the Sackett stories have always been my favorites. Of these I love the first books. I can get more into the early frontiersmen books than any others. Just like cowboys of today feel they "should've been born a hundred years ago". I can imagine the cowboys of a hundred years ago felt the same. To be the first white man to see a new land, a land empty of anything but its native inhabitants. Some of which are friendly some of which are definitly not. To explore these unknown places for the first time would be an enormous priviledge from God. That is what this book is all about. I can not count the number of times I have read it and I enjoy it just as much every time. This is quite possibly my favorite book of all time. Any one who has not read this book is missing a great adventure sure to keep you pulling this book off the shelf over and over.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 5, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
The unabridged presentation of Louis L'Amour's Jubal Sackett will thrill listeners of Westerns: a wilderness explorer crosses a savage continent to become a legend among Indian tribes as a powerful medicine man. The story has many involving twists and turns.
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