Monday, October 14, 2013

Book Review: Fair Blows the Wind by Louis L’Amour

The Story: A boy of the Irish nobility is the only survivor of the conquest of his family and their property, which forces him to flee to England. He searches for a way to make a living, hoping in time to become wealthy and be able to take back his family’s land. As his adventures carry him from England to the European mainland, and then to America, he will meet a colorful variety of friends and foes, including one foe who is determined, no matter how many years it takes, to kill him.

My Thoughts: While this book is written in an unusual way, with much of the book being a flashback after some early action scenes, it works for the story. The episodic way the story is written also works pretty well. I was amazed at how many interesting characters are woven into this book, which is less than three hundred pages long. There is, unfortunately, not a lot of depth, and the story weakens a bit towards the end, but since it’s so entertaining and well-written overall, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical adventure novels.

Content Overview: There is frequent mild violence as well as infrequent mild swear words and vague references to adult subjects such as sexual immorality. The hero seems to believe that all remotely civilized roads lead to heaven, but this at least makes him seek to live a moral life.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the review, Jonathan! Your thoughts and overview sound like they could apply to many of Louis L'Amour's books. I am planning to read this book this coming weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Faith! The one other L'Amour book I read was fairly similar, so I wondered if that was the case.

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  2. *sigh* I keep telling myself I need to read L'Amour--at least a few of them. I might start with this one. :)

    In other news, I wanted to tell you that I've nominated you for the fun and rather informal Liebster Award at my blog: http://transcribingthesedreams.blogspot.com/2013/10/liebster-award.html

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    1. I hope you write a review on your blog, if you do. :)

      Thank you, Kay!

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