Book Reviews of How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won
Author: Louis L'Amour
PBS Market Price: $7.09 or $3.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553269130
ISBN-10: 0553269135
Publication Date: 9/1/1984
Pages: 256
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 29 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Louis L'Amour is always excellent reading.
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I read this book for my book club as a challenge to read a book from a genre I don't typically read. I had never read a western before. I was disappointed in this book, as far as my expectations for a western go. I was thinking there would be more adventure and not so much of a romance angle. What I liked least about this book was the structure of it. I wanted to know the story of Eve and Linus straight through, from beginning to end. Same with Lilith. I didn't like how I became interested in the characters and story line and then that part of the book was over abruptly and I didn't hear about that character until many years later and possibly just in passing. I did like how a lot of the action was buried in with other information.
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I love this book.The author is a great writer.I do not usually read westerns but my husband told me about this one.I think that it is very true to life. The Prescott's were well off farmers in New York.I think I would have stayed there.They took the Erie Canal to the Ohio River and put all their belongings on a raft.That was a mistake.The raft overturned and they lost many of their belongings and much more. Their daughter Eve Prescott married a man that she met and she proposed to on the journey Linus Rawlings. They farmed along the Ohio River for many years. The Prescott's' other three children headed west. The other daughter a talented singer Lilith headed west as one of the three and began a new life as a singer financed by her Ohio farmer brother-in -law.She decided to go all the way west and fell in love with Cleve whom she met on a wagon train. In was not in her plans to fall in love and get married but you can follow her and her relatives that go west and truly see the blood, sweat and tears it took to settle the west. I believe the details of this story are very true.

This is a beautiful brown copy.