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Book Title: The Empty Land|
The author of the book: Louis L'Amour
ISBN 13: 9780553104455
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.65 MB
Edition: Bantam Books
Date of issue: October 1983
Read full description of the books The Empty Land:I think The Empty Land just tries too much. For a fairly short book, there are too many characters—it feels like hundreds at times; even minor bystanders like a couple of stagecoach passengers who never appear again are given full first-and-last names. There are so many villains and gunmen that it's a task keeping straight who wants what and who's working for whom and with whom (made a little more complicated by some people switching sides). The result is that nobody really has enough time in the spotlight for characters to be fully developed. It's written in a short, jerky style that moves quickly from one event to the next. Madge Healy was probably the most interesting character, but the love triangle was too much of a sideline to hold any interest. The only other character that I felt any kind of sympathy for was, oddly enough, the misguided young gunman wannabe Freeman Dorset.
Although I don't usually skip when I read, I did skim over the four-page fistfight. Not my cup of tea. On the other hand, the stagecoach trip was probably the best-executed sequence in the story. And L'Amour did create quite a fascinating opening for the book, though it seems like it would better suit a big historical saga than an average action-filled Western.
Read information about the authorLouis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".
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