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The Lonesome Gods: An Epic Novel of the California Desert Paperback – January 1, 1984
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"Riveting reading." —The New Yorker.
"This is L'Amour's finest book." —California Magazine
From the Publisher
The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert. Strengthened by the love of two women -- Miss Nesselrode, whose mysterious past fires her ambitions for the future and Meghan, a willful young beauty -- Verne grows to become a rugged adventurer, a man strong enough to embrace the awesome power of the Palm Springs desert, and bold enough to stake a claim in the bustling world of opportunity that was early-day Los Angeles.
"Riveting reading." -- The New Yorker.
"This is L'Amour's finest book." -- California Magazine
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Top Customer Reviews
There was a good kung-fu ass-kicking left out, as well as a couple of gunfights to have won. This book could have been half-again longer, and much more enjoyable, had he developed his subplots more thoroughly and tied up the loose ends individually instead of just killing them off with a single gunfight. I've never seen Lamour crap a clinker like this book turned out to be. It's simply OK, when the rest are excellent entertainment.
The book is a page burner. 406 pages I read in 3 days. No boring parts. L'Amour again is a master at character development and beautiful scenery description. Also we get some nice history of early California and the ethnic groups that lived there in particular the big, powerful, huge land holding Dons of Spanish nobility decent. Lots of gun action and desert survival.
Ill just give a little of the book and not ruin it for you. We see our hero Johannes Verne growing up as a 6 year old with friendly Indians after his sick father is murdered in the desert protecting his young son. His father an experienced seaman wanted to take Johannes to his rich grandfather, a Spanish Don near Los Angeles( a small 3,000 person town but growing big).
Unfortunatly the Don lives in a weird world of ill perceived nobility. He hates Johannes father and Johannes. He thought the father was a nothing and did not want non noble blood to marry his daughter. He has Johannes father killed and Johannes left to die in the desert. The Don was a real jerk and an evil man.
Johannes grows up with Indian help and finds a beautiful young girl that he eventually will marry.
That's about enough to wet your reading appetite. Lots of action, fighting, back and forth plots to kill Johannes. Lots of villains and good friends. You wont get board reading this book. If you want to read a great western about a young boy's survival, growing to adulthood in a desert environment this is the book for you. Great reading and highly recommended. 5 stars
Location 3234 he writes," Knowledge is awareness, and to it there are many paths, not all of them paved with logic. But sometimes one is guided through the maze by intuition. One is led by something felt on the wind, something seen in the stars, something that calls from the wastelands to the spirit." also location 3249 on Kindle " For we who pass do not own this land, we but must use it, we hold it briefly in trust for those yet to come. We must not reap without seeding, we must not take from the earth without replacing."