The Walking Drum

The Walking Drum

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by Louis L'Amour

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Louis L’Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Now he guides his readers to an even more distant frontier—the enthralling lands of the twelfth century.
Warrior, lover, and scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous

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Louis L’Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Now he guides his readers to an even more distant frontier—the enthralling lands of the twelfth century.
Warrior, lover, and scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous challenge, danger, and revenge. Across Europe, over the Russian steppes, and through the Byzantine wonders of Constantinople, Kerbouchard is thrust into the treacheries, passions, violence, and dazzling wonders of a magnificent time.
From castle to slave galley, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess’s secret chamber, and ultimately, to the impregnable fortress of the Valley of Assassins, The Walking Drum is a powerful adventure in an ancient world that you will find every bit as riveting as Louis L’Amour’s stories of the American West.

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Random House Publishing Group
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4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.06(d)
920L (what's this?)
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15 - 17 Years

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The Walking Drum 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Walking Drum by Louis Lamour is a very interesting story, one I haven't seen the like of yet. I really enjoyed it though, because it showed so much in the space of so little pages. The story takes you, and I say you because the entire book is written in first person, as in "I took the road" and it really draws you in, from the devastating loss of everything a boy knows to his quest for vengance, slavery aboard a ship, freedom and intellectual growth, to classic damsel in distress scenarios and daring swordfights, and countless brushes with death, all while showing a deeply philosophical side of how the people thought during these times. I know I am somewhat rambling, but it is hard to explain this book. Being that Im currently in AP World History and have learned much of the information here, I felt very comfortable with the story and surprised when things that I recognized from our AP textbook and even other information I had read or glanced over appeared right alongside Kerbouchard as he traveled from a pirate community to an intellectual powerhouse of Cordoba, and then to Europe, arriving in Paris, then to Keiv in the russian steppes and on to Constantinople. Watching him grow as the story progresses, and it does rather quickly, was very interesting and I was surprised when I finished the book that he had come all the way from a boy who didnt know what to do with himself. One of the interesting quirks I enjoyed in this book was that previous knowledge of history during this time isnt nessecarily needed; while you may recognize a few terms thrown around, like the Ummayyed and Abbasid Caliphates, or maybe that Cathay is another word for the Chinese, the author spends paragraphs on historical information that is revelant to what is happening in the story. For example, when Kerbouchard visited Paris the author went on about the history of learning in paris and how it had evolved, how students teneded to be poor, etc, and once you read it you had a better understanding of the situation and enviornment that Kerbouchard was in. These historical anecdotes really helped set the stage for Kerbouchard's travels. All of this simply goes to show how amazing this book was, I thouroughly enjoyed reading it and if you have the time (a day or two, at most) I would defintely recommend it. There was supposed to be an continuation of this story. Sadly, the author Louis died before he could wrtie the next books, so that makes this book doubly special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, it has every walks of life in it, love, adventure, education, you name it. I read this book about every 15 months!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book numerous times and every time I discover something I had not seen before.
Bill_Newman More than 1 year ago
I've read, and re-read, this book at least 3 times now. Each time I find something new. I wish Louis had written more about this era as well. I love his cowboy Westerns but I find even more interest in his historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Louis Lamour has been one of my favorite authors for a long time, and after I have read many of his books I noticed that almost all of his main characters are the same! Take the Sackett series for example, all his character say somthing similar to "I have a strong back and wide shoulders, I am tall for my age. And my father taught me use a sword." While the main character did say pretty much the same thing, he had a different personality than the Sackett's. Different to the point where I disliked the character for most of the story, but strangly I still wanted him to succeed... I thought the character was very arrogant, the way he assumed that every one would eventually do his will. The way he talked to some of the women he met should have given him a slap in the face. And the book would probably only be a few pages long if he didn't insult half the people he met. What I loved about the book is that you saw the character change, no other book i have read was like this in that sense. His personality changes similar to this Naive -> Heroic -> Eager to learn -> Arrogant -> Womenizer -> Humbled slightly -> Slightly arrogant -> Kind to a women (one) -> Heroic -> Than near the end he probably deserved to be slaped by this girl he was talking to but miraculously didnt, I guess women didnt get offended by perverts back then... Louis Lamour died before he could write the rest of the series. So we will never know hoe Mathurin's personality would have been in the end. But despite all I have said about the Mathurin having a bad personality I loved the book in most areas. I loved the time period it was set in, and like all Louis Lamour books it was fictional, but realistic. Although it was strange that pirates, bandits, and murderers were somwhat glorified in the book. And that Mathurin believed he could see the future. All in all it is one of my favorite books in my collection. Although the series wasnt complete it ended in a way that makes that okay. At least in my opinion, for the sake of not spoiling the story you will just have to read it yourself!
Bealsey More than 1 year ago
Loius L'Amour is a master storyteller and The Walking Drum is one of his best books.
Sam Titus More than 1 year ago
Different than louis usual work but his excellent story telling skills show through
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fourteen year old girl and this was my first Louis L'amour book. I read it over the fourth of July weekend and realy enjoyed it. The story was great and verry well written, you really get into the characters. Not only did I love the story but there was a lot of history in it too, I learned more about the time period from this book than you could probably lean anywhere else. An exelent book for all teens and adults.
Angie_Lisle 7 months ago
The story structure is a roller coaster - after Mathurin Kerbouchard's mother is killed, he begins the quest to find his father who is rumored to have been captured or killed in battle. Sounds easy but it ain't - his inquisitiveness sets him up against multiple foes that enable him to rescue several pretty ladies, all of whom help him reach his goal of finding out what happened to his dad. The writing style is reminiscent of the 60s and 70s (lack of punctuation, missing the word that, etc), with a strong masculine flavor. Historical information packs this novel but the story doesn't always seam up with it well; the information sometimes feels out of place and, at times, lengthy (though L'Amour fails to challenge Tolkien's lengthy descriptions). Would have been interesting to see L'Amour tackle this time period in a nonfiction piece.
Royzee More than 1 year ago
This is the most boring Lois L'Amour book I have ever read. He describes in detail every book mentioned to be copied/translated or whatever. Sort of like reading the phone book.
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BruceD More than 1 year ago
This novel is set during the period of the Assassins in Europe (The word assassin comes from the drug hashish check your dictionary etymology or an encyclopedia), when this group drugged and hypnotized young men and sent them off to knock of heads of countries if they didn't get what they wanted in terms of money or policy. The hero in this takes them on. Will he be the first to escape unscathed? Good story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down I loved this book and many of his others my personel favorite is "The Tall Stranger"!
Kiera_Cromer More than 1 year ago
AP World World History Review: A Great Read The Walking Drum was published in April, 28, 1985 by Louis L'amour. This is a fantastic story about the daring adventures of young Kerbouchard and his travels to find his father and seek revenge on the Tournemine, killer of his mother and people. The story takes place in the 12th century in Armorica, Brittany. In the beginning, Kerbouchard is weak, knows not what to do with his life, and has a strong wanting for knowledge, always wanting to fill his mind with what the world has to offer. Throughout the novel, he transforms into a scholar, physician, merchant, sailor, warrior, a lover, and acrobat. Kercouchard travels from a small pirate community to the prosperous city of Cordoba, Cadiz, Paris, Kiev, Constantinople, and more. During his travels he has many brushes with death and manages to win the hearts of many beautiful exotic women. Young Kerbouchard is a hero and it is widely portrayed and exaggerated in this novel. Louis L'amour has outdone himself in this swashbuckling novel. The story was written in first person. This gives a great perspective from Kerbouchard himself and allows the reader to understand what he is feeling and what his next move will be. Throughout the story, Louis crams in historical information of the region and the people of the time in great detail. This allows a better understanding of the story and really ties in the information that I have read in class so far. For example, he talks of fairs and the advantages it gave merchants and the attraction they gave trade. the information he has thrown around in the book allows a better understanding of what will happen in the next paragraph and really allows the reader to picture what's going on. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is interested in medieval reads. It certainly kept me on my toes and was nearly impossible to put down.
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Well written, kept me reading and I could NOT put it down!!! The story is also well researched, and a FUN read. I hated to get to the last page!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is amazing to see read such a grand, intricate and exotic adventure as this book. I grew up with La'mour and without question this is his pen at its sharpest. It's a shame he never followed up with the tale of Kerbouchard. It is a pulp epic in the order of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Harold Lamb and Robert E. Howard.
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