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The Lonesome Gods | [Louis L'Amour]

The Lonesome Gods

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1983 Louis L'Amour (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Riveting reading." (The New Yorker)

"This is L'Amour's finest book." (California Magazine)

What Members Say

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    Salvatore Guy 05-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    Loved this book. I really dislike the narrator. His voice is so plain and he does accents very bad. They ruin a fantastic book by using him. Makes me want to return the book and that is sad.

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    David 04-03-15
    David 04-03-15
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    "I love L'AMOUR"

    No better western writer . I can imagine what it must have been like to live in a time when our country was being born.

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    Christopher 02-22-15
    Christopher 02-22-15 Member Since 2009
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    "One of his best"

    A great commentary on human nature, self reliance, and the value of relationships. I enjoy all of L'Amour's novels, but I keep coming back to this one. Performance is excellent and certainly adds to the story.

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    L. Redford Fullerton, CA United States 02-13-15
    L. Redford Fullerton, CA United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Meandering, repetitive, disappointing"

    I've enjoyed most of Lamour's stories, but not this - it really needed a good editor! Sorry I wasted my time.

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    debra ZIMMERMAN, MN, United States 01-11-15
    debra ZIMMERMAN, MN, United States 01-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    This story is definitely worth the listen. You won't be disappointed. Louis L'amour takes you on a journey you won't forget. A story of a young boy, seeing tragedy at a young age, overcoming adversity and growing into a great man. Love it!!

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    alyxsheerheart 08-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up The Lonesome Gods in three words, what would they be?

    Survival, triumph, determination.


    Any additional comments?

    This will definitely be a book I read again. You have to love how L'Amour is able to develop characters and generate one hell of a story!

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    PAR-TEE 07-08-14
    PAR-TEE 07-08-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Mediocre at Best.."

    Too much philosophy not enough action... The story drags on and the constant philosophy lessons take away from the main storyline. Boring, drawn out, just a 500 plus page book that should have been 300 pages!

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    sharon 04-20-11
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    "the lonesome Gods"

    To Long To Boring. The best part of the book and the only reason I stayed with it was David Strathairn very good narrator. Played the different parts well. Oh Yes stupid ending. left ya wondering if you missed something but by the time you got to the end....who cared.

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  • Mark
    4/13/15
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    "Great story"

    Great story. Very entertaining and very well read. Would also recommend Last of the Breed by the same order and read by the same actor.

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  • Linda
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    "Old book but timeless appeal"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lonesome Gods to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is so much more fun in that David Stratham is simply superb at getting the characters personalities off to a tee!I like Louis L'Amour but have not 'read' him since my youth and now hearing it again as an older woman I appreciate his heroine characters even more.This is a rip roaring adventure yarn but he does handle the female protagonists extremely well. In this book and the seemingly cold Russian has become my role model haha.


    What other book might you compare The Lonesome Gods to, and why?

    I had just listened to Ride the Wind that reminded me of this Louis L'Amour book I read ages ago and so decided to get it and read it again.....so glad I did.One thing though, can't imagine why he did not go on to write a sequel to this it was all set up to do so the story in a way had only just started.


    What does David Strathairn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Already said how well he reads and he makes it such a fantastic journey with the clear characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A family saga of the wild west beginnings of Los Angeles and California.


    Any additional comments?

    Although usually read by men this is a wonderful book for young girls (of any age) to read and enjoy a true wild west adventure story but it is not just muck and bullets. Louis L'Amour is obviously a great admirer of women and his female characters have so much depth.Really try something different and you will enjoy the philosophy, action and chivalry in this book.

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