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Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Now he guides his readers to an even more distant frontier -- the enthralling lands of the 12th century.

At the center of The Walking Drum is Kerbouchard, one of L'Amour's greatest heroes. Warrior, lover, scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous challenge, danger and revenge. Across the Europe, the Russian steppes and through the Byzantine wonder of Constantinople, gateway to Asia, Kerbouchard is thrust into the heart of the treacheries, passions, violence and dazzling wonders of a magnificent time. From castle to slave gallery, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess's secret chamber, and ultimately, to the impregnable fortress of the Valley of Assassins, The Walking Drum is a powerful adventure of an ancient world you will find every bit as riveting as Louis L'Amour's stories of the American West.

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Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Now he guides his readers to an even more distant frontier -- the enthralling lands of the 12th century.
At the center of "The Walking Drum is Kerbouchard, one of L'Amour's greatest heroes. Warrior, lover, scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous challenge, danger and revenge. Across the Europe, the Russian steppes and through the Byzantine wonder of Constantinople, gateway to Asia, Kerbouchard is thrust into the heart of the treacheries, passions, violence and dazzling wonders of a magnificent time. From castle to slave gallery, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess's secret chamber, and ultimately, to the impregnable fortress of the Valley of Assassins, "The Walking Drum is a powerful adventure of an ancient world you will find every bit as riveting as Louis L'Amour's stories of the American West.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (May 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553280406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553280401
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (420 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 3, 1999
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WELL, I WAS IN STATE PRISON AND I CAN TELL YOU. THAT THIS BOOK IS VERY EDUCANTIAL AND EVERY TEENAGER SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. ME AND ABOUT 1500 PRISONERS TREASURED THIS BOOK. IT WAS THE BEST, EVERY BODY HAD TO SIGN A LIST, AND WAIT IN ORDER LIKE GROWN MEN. THANK YOU.
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One word to sum up this book. Addictive. Totally, completely, amazingly addictive. I was up till 1:00 am because I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT! It just gets better with each reading. The period detail is fantastic. History teachers could certainly pick worse assignments although be warned, you may stand up your prom date because as stated before this book is impossible to put down!
Read it if you love any of the following:
History cool characters Love Swashbuckling Funny dialogue Fiendish villains (The guy at the end gets the prize as nastiest villain of ALL TIME)
Read it, you will never regret it although your prom date might.
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I was given this book for my twelveth birthday, and since then I have read it at least once a year. As a history major, I love to find books that reflect the truth of history in a beautiful and realistic way. Kerbouchard is a truly renaissance man who is on a quest to find his father, who may or may not be dead. In this quest, he travels mideval Europe, from the Christian lands of France to the Muslim lands of Spain and East to the steeps of Russia. What amazed me when I read this was that the middle ages were only the dark ages for western Europe; the Muslim lands were bright and alive and unoppressive. Kerbouchard's philosophy in life of learning for learning's sake is one I have adopted in my own travels through life.
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Wonderful Historical detail meshed seamlessly with an exciting story line. This is one of my all time favorite books. My dad started reading it to me every night when I was 10 years old, and it was this book that made me truly love history and urged me to love and learn languages. It's just an absolutly fascinating portrayal of 11th century life.
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This is the story of Mathurin Kerbouchard, a sailor/druid/horseman/student (most of all...lol) and defender of all that is good in Moorish Spain (Very interesting period in itself.) and elsewhere.

I find the story very similar to others that L'amour has done (some of them quite well) but this is the best. The all encompasing man view that he likes to have about his characters is even more interesting in this, where knowledge, if anything, is more of a tool even than skill with "a blade."

This will bring to bud within you a desire to read, to contemplate, to sit in a tea house in the streets of Cordoba and enjoy thoughs...to rage across a plain on a beautiful Arabian mare, characteristic of the most precious breeding of any age...decend deep into ancient underground staircases seeking an escape from hunters...even relish the taste of water on lips almost too long parched, believing (perhaps truthfully) that you have never enjoyed something more...Anotherwards, It's a good read! Nothing too heavy, it had much the same effect on me as the Harry Potter series: just wanted to read it, nothing more. There isn't a wealth of knowledge here, just enough to make it rather interesting.

Oh, yes, I particularly liked the part where the Bedouin boy speaks to Kerbouchard about the Syrian(?) camels. These are creatures much too forgoten in fiction. The camel is a creature just as worthy (or more) than a horse.

It's better than three stars, but four was a bit of a stretch...

Other recommended readings by this author: West from Singapore (Short stories about sailor/Captain "Ponga" Jim Mayo), The Haunted Mesa (about Anasazi mythology...very interesting.
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By A Customer on January 2, 1998
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The Walking Drum is the first historical fiction book that I've read. I was very impressed. I had read other books by L'Amour (the westerns), but decided they weren't my thing. When a friend recomended "The Walking Drum" to me, well... I cringed. But I eventually acted on faith. I am now a beliver.
The great adventures of Kerbourchard kept me in suspence all the way through. I would finish a chapter, and be too excited to see whay happened next to sleep!
Mr. L'Amour did an excellent job fleshing out the charecters as well as setting the scenes and moods. I enjoyed his attenton to detail, especially: the correct foods and titles of nobility. Geographical references were also a plus. I was able to trace in my head where Kerbouchard was traveling- enjoying the ride along.
I would recomend this book to anyone interested in culture, history, fiction and fantasy.
Excelent!
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By A Customer on May 5, 2000
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The classic L'Amour novel, unlike anything he's ever done before or since. For those who dismiss L'Amour as being a mere western writer this great book will change forever your opinion of him. It's filled with engaging charactors, facinating detail, and some of the best writing this wordsmith ever commited to paper. My only gripe is this; Back in the sixties when this book was first proposed L'Amour was faced with such resistance by his publisher that he shelved it for more than a decade. Originally it was to be the first book in a trilogy that would continue Kerbauchard's adventures. Unfortunatly L'Amour went on to that ranch in the heavens before he could do it. Still we have this one.
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