Book Talk 10/20/17

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Book Talk…10/20/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Lost Treasures of Louis L’Amour Beau L’Amour. Netgalley. Oct. 2017.

 

Exploring the creative process of an American original, the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures project will uncover the hidden history behind the author’s best known novels . . . and his most mysterious and ambitious unfinished works.

In this first collection, Beau L’Amour presents many never-before-seen manuscripts. Using his father’s handwritten notes, journal entries, and correspondence, along with his own memories, Beau uncovers how and why they were written, as well as speculating about the ways they might have ended.

These selections celebrate L’Amour’s vision and virtuosity, including the first seven chapters of a powerful novel about the Trail of Tears, a chilling Western horror story, and a tale of the American Revolution featuring a character related to L’Amour’s well-known Sackett family. At the other end of the spectrum are classic adventures, such as The Golden Tapestry, set in 1960s Istanbul, as well as several uniquely different attempts at what would have been the most profoundly intimate of all of L’Amour’s novels, a saga of reincarnation that stretches from a time before time, to the period of Alexander the Great, and on to Warlord-Era China.

Illustrated with rare photographs and copies of handwritten notes, this book reveals the L’Amour you have never known, his personal struggles as a writer, and the contest between mortality and a literary legacy too big for one life to contain.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.
 
In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, will also be released as a Lost Treasures publication, followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

 

This was an intriguing glimpse into a legend’s work. You got to read twenty stories with various chapters for each, never finished, but you could tell would’ve been masterpieces if they were. I particularly enjoyed the western horror story. This has been a genre I’ve been fascinated by for some time and I think Louis L’Amour really had something with this story. There were westerns and historicals, action, and adventure to name a few, each story with a story behind them as told by his son in memories and research and the notes Lous L’Amour kept.

I personally think from the samples, Louis L’Amour could’ve wrote in any kind of genre and sold well. The stories behind the stories were as interesting as the tales themselves. Give this a read, you’ll find a lot to like!

*****

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