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Where the Long Grass Blows
Where the Long Grass Blows
Author: Louis L'Amour
Canavan drifted down the valley and into a  shooting war. The big ranchers were rustlers turned  repectable. Now they were fighting with each other.  In the middle was a small spread and a woman.  Canavan had a mind to stay so he staked a claim. And  when the gun hands were gone he'd have everyth...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553281729
ISBN-10: 0553281720
Publication Date: 3/1/1985
Pages: 192
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Publisher: Bantam
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Canavan drifted down the valley and into a shooting war. The big ranchers were rustlers turned repectable. Now they were fighting with each other. In the middle was a small spread and a woman. Canavan had a mind to stay so he staked a claim. And when the gun hands were gone he'd have everything he wanted--the land, the water. . .and the woman.

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Canavan drifted down the valley and into a shooting war. The big ranchers were rustlers turned repectable. Now they were fighting with each other. In the middle was a small spread and a woman. Canavan had a mind to stay so he staked a claim. And when the gun hands were gone he'd have everything he wanted--the land, the water. . .and the woman.
Reviewer: E. S Winskill (Tacoma, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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No one's reviewed this, and probably no one will see this review! As much as any thing, this is probably a result of L'Amour's amazing productivity.
I came late to the Western genre somewhat by accident, at age 56. I think I have a detached view. I started with L'Amour, as perhaps most neophytes do, because he has so many titles out there and everyone has heard of him. His stories are good, as is this one; a tale of a man who comes to the lawless valley with a mission to establish himself and confound the villains while doing so. It has a couple of clear flaws, though, the main one being a seemingly tacked-on late bit about a smuggling operation. But it's sound, and of course the protagonist succeeds. L'Amour has good detail and atmosphere. He tends to have sentimental passages about the west, manhood, morality, etc. here and in all his books. Not that the subjects are at all questionable, but they tend to be in didactic passages in the protagonist's thoughts rather than arising from the art of the story itself.
L'Amour is a good starting point in the genre. He is a solid 3 to 3 1/2 star writer. This is praise, not condemnation. But there are many better Western writers to go for, while time's a wastin', Elmore Leonard for just one.


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