Books, Book Reviews & Stories: the connections and why it matters
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"Connections and Why They Matter"
Most of what happens in our life will spark a connection. Life connects with what has been found in books. Books connect with what happens in life. Use the connections to help you see more clearly. A love of reading and writing is what motivated the creation of this blog. Thank you for coming to the blog.
BJ's FAVORITE AUTHORS
This focuses on authors who have had a great deal of influence on our lives and also on the books that have been reviewed
Louis L'Amour said; "I think of myself in the oral tradition-as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of the campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered- as a storyteller. A good storyteller."
When L'Amour died he had sold over 200 million books and it is now well over 300 million. To ask what his influence was is redundant, considering these staggering sales. People liked him, obviously.
Critics said of his travels after he left home at 15, and his comments about all that he saw, and especially all that he read during that time, as just L'Amour taking a license to talk about whatever he wanted? This is pretty sad.
The book that really tells us about L'Amour is "The Education of a Wandering Man" For me reading it was a turning point in seeing L'Amour's real depth and becoming a fan. It also brought back much of what I had loved about reading and re started my own reading obsession.
Almost all of the other successful Western Writers say they were influenced by L'Amour one way or another had to consider him as they developed their own place in that genre. His plot approach and mastery of his genre is masterful.
L'Amour did more for the category of the Western as a distinct form of composition that brings its own special place in the full body of literature than any other author.