At what point does a group of strangers become a community? When young Bendigo Shafter and a ragtag bunch of travelers settle in the rugged Wyoming mountains, they quickly come to depend on a toughness and wisdom many of them never knew they possessed. Led by the beautiful and resourceful widow Ruth Macken, the settlers battle harsh winters, renegade opportunists, and the destructive lure of gold. Through these brutally demanding experiences, young Bendigo is forged into a man. But when he travels to New York to reclaim the love of Ninon, his childhood sweetheart, Bendigo is faced with new challenges. Will hard-edged instincts, honed from years in the mountains, serve him in the big city? Does Ninon' s heart belong to the lights and glamour of the theater? And if his destiny deems it so, will he be willing to leave the community he toiled so long and hard to build?
Great read, my friend collects all his books, cannot put it down till finished. My friend is a bookworm and Louis is his very best author: HE LOVES HIM!!!
Another installment in L'Amour's voluminous history of the Sacketts, the Shafters, and others in their emigration from the British Isles to the Carolinas and West of the Mississippi. The tone this time is Homeric in its cadences, almost too self-consciously so: "There is a pleasure in working with the hands and muscles, a pleasure in the use of good tools, and I gloried in the grip of my hands upon the are and the smell of honest sweat and fresh pine wood." This is the way the novel goes, forever opening and elaborating in these rolling, dignified phrases. Young Bendigo Shafter is one of a handful of settlers who begin a nameless town in the far hills of Wyoming. He's alone in the world, except for his older married brother Cain (who wants to set up a blacksmith shop), but recently widowed Ruth Macken takes Ben's education in hand and starts him off on books from her library. Winter catches the settlers, but not before Ben has built widow Macken's cabin for her and has come to love the building of this hamlet. A large train of passing Mormons, who are starving, is put up by the settlers, although they haven't enough food even for themselves. Later, the Mormons repay. Meanwhile, Ben rescues a strange girl stranded in a cave, who turns out to be an actress and his life's love. Eventually, he follows her East and gets her to come back West with him. Feuds, Indians, harsh weather, a cattle drive from Oregon - all become rich homespun for L'Amour's paragraphs and finely woven storytelling. After last year's Fair Blows the Wind, L'Amour is further west - and much closer to his hickory-smoked home ground. (Kirkus Reviews)
Number Of Pages: 323
Published: 1st February 1993
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 10.8 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Type: New edition