It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures - they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth.
There was Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past, and Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need. Two fiercely independent spirits, together they rose above the challenges of the Comstock to stake a bold claim on the future.
©2004 Louis L'Amour (P)2012 Random House Audio
I got this book after reading the glowing reveiws written on about it, as well as L'Amour's other works. I love westerns and L'Amour was high on my list so I felt it was time to give it a shot. The book is filled with charming characters, endearing scenes and some classic western action. However, the fact is the book is just not that well written.
The dialogue is extremely stilted and unatural. Things that should be be described in narration are instead awkwardly spoken by the characters. For example, when a charater's wife asks if her husband has shot a gun, the husband replies by saying "I have not. In England only the great land owners hunt." It is an instance where L"Amour is trying to explain to the reader why the character hasn't shot a gun. But the husband and wife are both from England, so wouldn't this information be common knowledge to someone who grew up there? It's dialogue that no real human would ever speak. The story also jumps around from place to place often before you really get solid feel for where the characers are. There is often little description of places beyond the most superficial detail.
I do not want to blast this book. L'Amour is a legend in the western genre and I respect what he has done. It's also clear from other reviews that he is much loved by many people. I want to make clear that there is a lot of good in this book and I can see why so many people love it. But I myself just can't get past the technically poor writing, especially when there are incredibly well written works in the western genre by authors like McMurty, McCarthy, and Guthrie.
This is by far my favorite western. A story of a young boy, through hard times, becomes a man. A wise man of honor & justice. My entire family enjoyed the story from beginning to end. The story even held the attention if my 9 yr old son. You will cry, you will laugh. You will feel the emotions of the characters. Well written, well read... A+ all around!
Too many to pick a fave...
If you like clean stories that keep you wanting more then read this!!!
Yes! Great read!
All Louis Lamour'e books
Makes you feel as iy are there!
All were great !
This story takes the main charactor to early California as a boy and how he met the girl as a woman he had saved as a man
If you appreciate character development and getting lost in a book, I highly recommend Louis L'Amour's Lonesome Gods.
It's another marathon of a book that you won't want to end.
1) Beginning of the novel when Grita and Val are kids and he is holding her close to keep her quiet while they are hiding and their mother's are being attacked. -- It literally set the stage for the rest of the novel.
2) Of course when Grita and Val get trapped in the mine and the whole town comes to help free them.
I am not a literary critic. I can tell you that if you are in the mood for a good old country cowboy western then this is a book you should enjoy. Good story, characters, plot, and a satisfactory ending. So saddle up, make sure you have your bedroll and victuals and get ready for some action. Enjoy, I did!!!
L'Amour actually threw in some real twists in this book. Even a key 'bad guy' was drilled by someone other than the star.
Singer did a good job in maintaining the different Characters with clear differences in his voice and presentation. He made the book more enjoyable.
As with some earlier L'Amour books (like The Walking Drum) he would get bogged down in too much details about things that the average reader would know nothing about, and really doesn't care about. There are times when it seems like he is just trying to let you know that he knew a lot. But even with that, this is a good read.
Comstock Lode has wonderful character development and a complex plot. It's about the struggle of a man with his past, who works hard and does well because of his persistence and good morals. It's a classic, one that will never go out of style, in my opinion.
This book is a classic L'amour read by an excellent narrator - I thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably listen to it again.
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