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Posted December 4, 2011
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.
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Posted June 20, 2000
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!
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Posted July 7, 2008
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.
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Posted April 16, 2014
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!
Posted March 24, 2013
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?
Posted February 21, 2013
Posted December 9, 2012
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.
Posted August 4, 2012
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!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2012
Posted April 4, 2012
All the history involved is amazing the used book i bought before nooks or kindles were even dreamed of has a list of all the books .authors and places. Its a gret learning tool also. I just wish he could written the trilogy as planned im 25 and almost have all his books. Id be tyrel if i lived thenWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2012
The Walking Drum is an amazing historical novel. Louis L'Amour weaves some much history into the story that the characters take on a very real personna I love this book and it's author. You can't go wrong with The Walking Drum!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2010
I have just begun to read books by Louis L'Amour and this one was outstanding!
His western novels are very interesting and I was surprised at the depth of The Walking Drum as far as history is concerned.
Writing style is colorful and spell binding.
Enjoy novels most of all....short stories are not quite as interesting to me.
You also learn a lot from his writing and it does not 'insult your intelligence."
Posted December 8, 2009
A lot of people have asked me how I can stand L'Amour, declaring that once you've read one, you've read them all. While that could be argued about some points of his westerns, this book is different in every way except for his brilliant writing style that allows people to enjoy his books even knowing how they'll end. A treat for those who enjoy his books and a surprise for those who've stereotyped them!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2008
I'm a girl by the way. I had to read this for my ap world history class. This book keeps you interested in it and has so much adventure and history. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. You get so caught up in the book and also the historic info. Loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2008
Everyone says it's a great book, but it's taking me FOREVER to read it. Maybe it's cause I don't really like medieval stuff. I'm forced to read this book because of my Pre AP Language Arts class... I'm only in Middle school so this book.. I really can't comprehend it well... it kinda sorta took me 5 hours to read the first 11 chapters...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2006
This was and awesome book, I love all the information that Luis LAmour gets when he writes a book, this one has a whole lot more than any of the others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2005
This a great, swashbuckling historical epic! For those who know L'Amour as only a Western author, this book comes as a shock. He goes back to his French roots and produces a grand novel of a heroic, larger than life young man overcoming great challenges physically while developing intellectually. He does this in a little known period of history (1200 A.D.), giving great respect to the European Muslim and Middle Eastern worlds. Simply great entertainment from a master storyteller! I've wished many times he would have written at least two sequels.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.