The thing is I really uite liked this book until the last chapter ruined everything You ve got a coming of age story where a guy called Rye starts out as a boy and life is really hard because he loses both his arents young and in miserable ways but he gets through that with the help of a nice guy named Logan who mentors him and kind of semi adopts him until he s old enough to go out and be his own manAnd Rye does he goes out and lives a full life on the frontier and does what he needs to survive and he falls in love with a girl And he eventually gets a Our Fake Relationship pretty steady job as a lawman and wants to go back and find that girl and see if she ll marry himAll well and good I was 100% on board Good stuff Lovely character development Nice story arc Very episodic but I like episodic Kind of ramble y especially for a L Amour but I like ramble yAnd then that last chapter Happily I read another L Amour book right away and liked it heaps so don t worry I m not going to uit reading him just because of one unsatisfactory ending This is my favorite L Amour book I think it s nearly aerfect
of the genre To Tame a Land wasn t my first L Amour but it was one of the early ones A young boy and his Pa get left behind in Indian Country The boy grows up to be a gunfighter It really engaged my imagination and I ve reread this The Blitzkrieg Legend particular book times than any other in my collection All I can say is wow This was my first dive into the world of Louis L Amour books and I was uite impressed and definitely look forward to reading It s clear why L Amour is the leading author of Western fiction While it took me a bit to get into the story once I did I couldn tut it down This short ish volume acks a lot in Rye was a very interesting and engaging character #and I enjoyed following his story and seeing the world through his eyes so to speak The authentic Old West #I enjoyed following his story and seeing the world through his eyes so to speak The authentic Old West marauding bad guys and gun slinging action that you expect from a Western was all there in spades I articularly liked the light touch of romance that further developed Rye s character without going overboard All in all I greatly enjoyed To Tame a Land and look forward to reading L Amour novels in the future CONTENT NOTE Recommended for ages 16 for violence view spoilerAs expected from a Western there is lots of gun slinging bad guys etc and multiple shootings and deaths None described overly graphically hide spoiler Wow this was a good book Uniue And I m completely at a loss as to how to critiue it It was very well crafted yet while I was reading it and that fantastical ending it was extremely hard to unpack all of the subtle moral dilemmas But once I did after finishing the book tears did briefly come to my eyesSetting The wild untamed West The story begins in Indian Country Über Nacht probably soon after the time of the Civil War when Ryan Tyler is twelve years old The first date mentioned is 1872 in chapter 8 About ten yearsass during the story and the various geographies include Texas Colorado New Orleans Alta in Utah and Kansas City In short Rye gets around One sentence reads Washington Oregon Idaho Montana Wyoming and down to Colorado The wild West setting is established well hardly surprising considering L Amour s reputation There are mentions of Indians eg Comanches and Osages guns Winchester Joslyn Shawk McLanahan and Smith Wesson to name a few horses rocks and desert What s funny is that in the midst of this rugged wild setting Rye is reading Plutarch I loved itCharacters Each character s ersonality isn t the most obvious due to the writing style But they all have a certain depth so that they are all three dimensional Rye of course is the best his duty to justice and law his hesitance to kill combined with his resolute commitment course is the best his duty to justice and law his hesitance to kill combined with his resolute commitment do what s right The only uestion regarding him a teenagertwenty something year old is from where he got this strong and unwavering sense of morality I assume he was raised well by his ap and also that Logan Pollard instilled some of it alth. Rye Tyler was twelve when his father was killed in an Indian raid Taken in by a mysterious stranger with a taste for books and an instinct for survival Rye is schooled in the hard lessons of life in the West But after killing a man he is forc. Ough all of it I m not so sure but although Rye clearly learns about how to use a gun I don t see much about him learning about when to use one Doesn t seem like a big roblem sure but that uestion kind of comes to the surface during the climaxThe other thing I love about was his intention toward Liza view spoilerHe likes her romantically sure although that isn t detailed much but all he wants what s best for her I got the impression that if Liza wanted to stay with Pollard he would have let her stay And I respect that so much Sport Social Work: Promoting the Functioning and Well-Being of College and Professional Athletes particularly after reading romances whereeople are convinced that true love necessarily euals Modern Art Death of a Culture person 1 marryingerson 2 hide euals The Lost Library: The Autobiography of a Culture person 1 marryingerson 2 hide Given that I own a zillion Louis L Amour books a collection begun in jr high I figured I should add my favorites hereTo Tame a Land is hands down my favorite Admittedly many of the Das Unbewusste vom Standpunkt der Physiologie und Descendenztheorie plot lines in his books are similar they re westerns what do you expect but I loved ALL the characters in this oneAnd I still think this is begging to be adapted for film Rounded up to 4 stars because that ending really knocked me for a loop Never draw a gun unless you mean to shoot never shoot unless you shoot to killLouis L Amour was arolific story teller I don t know if I would go so far as to say great but he was good To Tame a Land is an example It is not Pulitzer Prize worthy but it is entertaining It would make a good made for TV movieTwelve year old Rye Tyler and his father were traveling west in a wagon train when the wheel of their wagon broke The wagon train master left them behind and Rye s father was killed by Indians But not before Rye roved that although he may only be twelve he was not a boy He is taken in by Logan Pollard a man who is as familiar with guns and survival as he is with books Rye learns the lessons of life in the West but when he kills a man he is forced to leave Logan and his new homeRye rides in the mountains mines for gold works on cattle drives gets a job breaking horses He is forced to grow up uickly Along the way he establishes a reputation as a gunfighter and becomes the marshal of Alta There he will face his ast a girl he fell in love with and a man he considered a friend and second father Two men one woman Who will walk away An entertaining story It is all very well for those who live in the East to talk of Love Letters peaceful means or for those who live in the later gentler years but we were men with the bark on and we were opening up raw new country mustang country bronco country uncurried unbroken and fierce Because of the guns I wore women walked along our streets now children were going to a small school nearby andeople went to church on SundayEvery time I Eat to Beat Illness pick up a L Amour book there s always a uestion lurking in the back of my mindwhich Star Wars name will I encounter In To Tame A Land it s Vader that makes a cameo appearance uite a memorable one before an Empire Strikes Back likelot twist if you don t read the back cover description L Amour rehashes a lot of his material over again in his stories but character always trumps story To Tame A Land has one of the best casts of characters outside of a Sackett novel Mustang Roberts may be my favorite sidekick This feels like one of L Amour s better lotted novels and is my new definition of a age turner This read will give you something to contemplate and it s loaded with L Amour s immovable truths and immensely entertaining STORYImmediately intriguing I m a big sucker for that kind of introduction and it didn t slack off or slow down throughout the novel I loved the acing Following Rye through his journey was epic He didn t want to do everything he did but a man has to do what he mustTHEMESLoved the themes about morality family and doing what is right even if it hurtsCHARACTERSI liked Rye and the good guys of the cast The bad guys were superb My favorite character was Mustang though Or Old BlueAND THAT PLOT TWIST AT THE END AHHHCONTENTWild West novel so violence swearing drinking death. Ed to leave his new home He rides lonely mountain asses and works on dusty cattle drives until he finds a job breaking horses Then he meets Liza Hetrick and in her eyes he sees his future After establishing himself as marshal of Alta he retu. ,example of the
Etc etc It wasn t gory or over the #top Surprisingly clean in some respectsOVERALLLoved it Re read 3318 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK Have I mentioned this is one of my #Surprisingly clean in some respectsOVERALLLoved it Re read 3318 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK Have I mentioned this is one of my time favorite novels Because it s one of my all time favorite novels I don t even know how to express how much I love it and I m retty sure everything I say here will be incredibly lame don t read my original review btw it s even lame but I HAVE TO TRY Small list of beautiful things Rye Tyler Rye Tyler is my man Period Seriously it s hard to overstate how much I adore this guy and always have since I met him at the tender age of 14 and always will He s uiet and thoughtful and observant as heck and he Knows Things I think the best word to describe him is competent No matter what the situation he ll figure out a way to get it under control He has a very atient brain and he ll think through a roblem until he solves it He Love is Murder practices a strong moral code especially when it comes to using his guns I mean he s noterfect He slips up here and there as do we all But he is very VERY serious about never shooting unless he has there as do we all But he is very VERY serious about never shooting unless he has and that I deeply admire especially given the circumstances he has to face He has a sassy way about him but it s super low key It kind of The Ulfric's Mate pokes its head up here and there and makes me chuckle Like this gem here You killed Rice Wheeler the Panhandle gunman He should have stayed in the Panhandle this is coming from a SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD and I cannot even right now He s incredibly steady Not given to change He knows what s important to him and he sticks by it He has ONE love interest throughout this entire story and it covers a span of nine years ONE Speaking of which RYE AND LIZA FOREVERRRRRRRRR ultimateotpgoals Again I cannot overstate what this relationship means to me I met them when I was 14 and ever since whenever I think about what true love really looks like I think about these two Disclaimer Not everyone may find them as romantic as I do Their interactions like everything in this book are sketched in black and white you might say with very little detail The author suggests rather than showing outright Louis L Amour is the king of subtlety But I love that because it leaves me room to fill in with my imagination In a way because their relationship is so non specific it s become kind of a SYMBOL in my brain for romance It sartly about Rye and Liza themselves but it s even about what I believe about love as a whole and what I want out of life That Alans Letters probably made little sense rambling As hinted above L Amour has aretty uniue style He believes in using as few words as ossible and drawing everything in the barest of outlines and yet somehow what he writes is evocative than almost anything I ve ever read It s like a haiku it says so much with so little I WANT TO WRITE LIKE THIS SOMEDAY Seriously He inspires me Also The foreshadowing man That really really stood out to me this time around Not only is the climax absolutely flawless but the subtle way L Amour foreshadows the events of the climax literally from the first chapters just kills me And no I will not spoil it for you Read the book I m not kidding Read this book and weep over its awesomeness Honest I teared up a few times Original review 2016 This was the first L Amour novel I d ever read although I d read a fair bit of Zane Grey and Frank H Spearman and I was absolutely stunned by the uality of the storytelling here It s brilliant This book belongs not just in the Great Western Novel category but in the Great Novel category Period It draws you in on the very first age and doesn t let go until the last word And yet it manages to do so WITHOUT using excessively graphic or sultry descriptions just for the sake of holding your attention The writing is uiet restrained and careful and yet thrilling at the same time The characters are beautifully drawn realistic flawed but still appealing Long story short it s a great book and if you like Westerns AT ALL you need to give this one a tr. Rns only to discover that Liza has been kidnapped Tracking her to Robbers’ Roost Rye is forced to face the man who taught him all he knows about books guns and friendship Two old friends one woman Who will walk away From the Paperback editi.