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Sackett's Land (Louis L'Amour Collection) Imitation Leather – January 24, 1982
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- Publisher : Bantam Books (January 24, 1982)
- Language : English
- Imitation Leather : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553062123
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553062120
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
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However, if you are going to start a work that is akin to the Icelandic sagas, you have to start somewhere as an anchor and this is an appropriate place and time. It is just not the best of the Sackett series. I would not skip it in favor for books later in the series, only know that better lies a little further down the road.
It seems that the new Paperwhite, or maybe the new Firmware, when you use wide margins, like I do, makes paragraphs almost indistinguishable. This was never true till a few weeks ago.
When I set the margins to narrow all is well. Paragraphs are properly indented. But I've been reading with wide margins for years because I read faster that way. It's always worked well in my Kindles till now. Now it makes reading very difficult.
Here's my original review, which I incorrectly applied to the book:
I bought this because I was reading it on another vendor's ereader and enjoying it but I wasn't sure I was reading a legal copy. I was really enjoying the book and I wanted to feel good about it and it seemed like something I might want to read again in the future.
However, on the Kindle version there is only a barely visible indentation at the start of a paragraph and no blank line between paragraphs and I was finding it very difficult to know who was talking and when paragraphs ended. It was bad enough I doubted I'd finish the book even though I was enjoying the story.
I got hold of the other copy on the other reader and went back to reading that. I did pay for the Kindle version so if the one I'm reading isn't a legitimate copy I don't feel bad about it. But I feel like I've been cheated a little since I paid for something that badly put together.
Anyway I'm back on the other reader and enjoying the book again. It's an unusual and interesting story. Enough so that I bought the first 3 books in the series on the Kindle. I hope the others aren't so badly formatted.
Never fear, the language used is modern English, not Elizabethan, and the tale is a rollicking good one. You know that our hero will prevail (in what L'Amour book does he not?) so the question is how. When this was originally published, books in the series that happened chronologically later had been written, so this is filling in the background to the Sackett family.
I still love the book, not just because of the notion that the coastline of the Carolinas is wild frontier, but because of the independence of the main character. Barnabas is a clue to the Sacketts in the later books.
The book reads as if written for young readers or those who enjoy being swept along without much regard to plausibility or depth of character, the two areas I found lacking. Barnabas Sackett was entirely too fortunate in his pick of playmates. Jublain, who without any lead-in, immediately becomes Barnabas' BFF. One would think Barnabas would at the very least ask him who he is and why he was helping. Why was Jublain's horse stashed in the woods? How did Rupert know where to find Barnabas in the fens? Questions without answers. Outnumbered and outgunned heroes always prevailed, escaping with mere scratches or torn shirt sleeves, and always finding the most perfect of hiding places.That the characters were a bit shallow is fine, though, with this type of story. The story is driven along by the plot and not any underlying subtext or angst pulling at the characters.
Regardless of the above issues, I enjoyed this fun and fast read.
This is the story of Barnabas, the grand-sire of The Sackett legacy, and how forces beyond his control wrangled the young man from the English fens to set him on the western path to America.
An evolved dime-novel with fast-paced action and a hero whose can-do attitude always helps him win. L'Amour never intended to write literary wonders but told stories reminiscent of campfire tales or oral folklore. Sometimes outrageous and requiring suspended disbelief, this is a foray into pure imagination of bygone times.
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