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Education of a Wandering Man MOBI ó Education of

Education of a Wandering Man [EPUB] ✻ Education of a Wandering Man By Louis L'Amour – From his decision to leave school at fifteen to roam the world to his recollections of life as a hobo on the Southern Pacific Railroad as a cattle skinner in Texas as a merchant seaman in Singapore an From his decision to leave school at fifteen a Wandering MOBI · to roam the world to his recollections of Education of MOBI :å life as a hobo on the Southern Pacific Railroad as a cattle skinner in Texas as a of a Wandering ePUB ´ merchant seaman in Singapore and the West Indies and as an itinerant bare knuckled prizefighter across small town America here is Louis L'Amour's memoir of his lifelong love affair with learning from books from yondering and from some remarkable men and women that shaped him as a storyteller and as a man Like classic L'Amour fiction Education of a Wandering Man mixes authentic frontier drama such as the author's desperate efforts to survive a sudden two day trek across the blazing Mojave desert with true life characters like Shanghai waterfront toughs desert prospectors and cowboys whom Louis L'Amour met while traveling the globe At last in his own words this is a story of a one of a kind life lived to the fullest a life that inspired the books that will forever enable us to relive our glorious frontier heritage.

About the Author: Louis L'Amour

Louis L'Amour was an American author L'Amour's books a Wandering MOBI · primarily Western fiction remain enormously popular and most Education of MOBI :å have gone through multiple printings At the time of his death all of his works were of a Wandering ePUB ´ in print novels short story collections and one full length work of nonfiction and he was considered one of the world's most popular writers Wikipedia.

10 thoughts on “Education of a Wandering Man

  1. Roslyn Roslyn says:

    I am fascinated with how much this man read And all the while he was making a living doing hard manual labor traveling writing he inspires me to try to fit in reading time He must have taken advantage of EVERY spare minute I love his wry humor and accurate descriptions of human nature

  2. Jim Jim says:

    I got this for free out of a wheelbarrow of books a neighbor put out so technically I didn't break my loosely self imposed ban on buying books before I reduced my TBR pile L'Amour says this isn't really an autobiography but is supposed to focus on how he educated himself He wanders enough to make it a pretty good if incomplete autobiography The byways are often interesting than the main story His education was mostly from reading wandering talking to people but he places an emphasis on the first I'd love to see a list of all the books he mentions but a Google search didn't bring up such a thing There is one in the back of the bookWhile most of the books he wrote were pretty simple he went to some pains to be historically accurate in some ways He certainly bent the rules a lot gun fights show downs than actually took place though Still they're fun books there are some that are fairly profound Two that come to mind are Bendigo Shafter A Novel The Lonesome Gods favorites of mine Both these protagonists grow up learning much the way L'Amour did he uses phrases in those novels often in this bookI didn't enjoy the last 13 14 as much as the first He repeated himself lectured I didn't care for that tone but still found interesting facts Too many of the books are just mentioned by title at times It would have been nice to know a bit about them I have read or attempted to read some that he mentioned His ability to read dry complex texts obviously exceeds my ownThe Wikipedia article on himhttpenwikipediaorgwikiLouisL% is technically accurate but lends a different slant than what I'm getting from this book It says eight years they skinned cattle making it sound like Louis was with all or part of his family According to him he wasn't He left home at 15 did come back to help his parents move from OR to OK but was otherwise out on his own Apparently he grew big early easily passed for several years older than he wasAn interesting tidbit from the move with his parents They stopped at a ranch where Louis had worked to spend the night he mentioned something about Butch Cassidy The ranch owner replied that Butch had dropped by a couple of days ago to swap a couple of tires for a saddle L'Amour explains that while the world thought that Cassidy had died down in Bolivia many folks in WY CO UT knew better that Except for the Pinkertons everyone liked him since his holdups never killed anyone I'll take that with a large grain of salt I read the bit through several times but could never decide if either L'Amour or the rancher were joking or serious There is very little evidence either way for the life or death of CassidyhttpenwikipediaorgwikiButchcaI've read both theories in other books tooOn the way home I was listening to the second section of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury A character says that one of the best things about books is that you can shut them when you need to think unlike the TV advertising of the book's world I got home read some of this book The epigraph to one of the chapters I read was A book is a friend that will do what no friend does be silent when we wish to think Will Durant the author of Story of CivilizationKind of neat getting the same sentiment from two such different sources within an hour of each otherI'd love to give this 5 stars but it was a bit too uneven for that It was a good book I'm glad I read it I'm fairly sure I'm not going to keep it though

  3. Melinda Melinda says:

    I looked at the number of books and also at what books they were; I had no idea he read so many classics many of them are in the Great Books set or are recognized now as great literature I have read hundreds of books but I don't think I've read anywhere near as many highbrow books I need to do the work tackle the harder and lesser known stuffI'm inclined to use this as an argument against the mindset that 'everyone needs a college degree' I recognize that now it's many many years later but the uality of your education doesn't depend on getting A's The uality of your education depends on knowing and applying true principles How are you going to learn truth if you only read pre digested textbooks? That's only getting the author's opinion Real education involves learning than one viewpoint and deciding for oneself what to believe

  4. Karen Karen says:

    I have only read two books by L'Amour but I really enjoyed them When I saw this book about how he educated himself by reading everything in sight I had to read it I have added several books to my TBR that he discussed in this book

  5. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    Several years ago I helped a dear old friend he died a day after his 102nd birthday in 2009 edit his memoirs He was not new to writing In his younger years he had produced an interesting series of essays about his love for the farm he had purchased and the horses he rode called River Hill Solilouy The Story Of An Illinois Farm It was published by the University of Illinois Press After his death I had it reissued as an ebook The book had a local following The book I helped to edit years later called Montana Montage Memoir of a Dude Wrangler was a collection of stories from his very early days as a trail hand in Montana It had considerable historical interest The last item that we worked on however The Diary of a Journeyman The Life and Times of the Past Century despite my best efforts became a litany a virtual list of the many friends he had had during his years as the editorial director for a large printing and publishing firm in Mt Morris Illinois that produced fraternal organization magazines He was afraid of leaving anyone out regardless of their importance It had the potential to be a fascinating study of changes in the printing industry but he was adamant in spending time mentioning people Clarence like L'Amour was self educated and never had much formal education He went on to become a wealthy benefactor of the local community college and its library of which I was the director I helped him self publish Diary of a Journeyman and Montana Montage but by that time he had outlived most of the people in Diary so the very limited initial market had dwindled even So it is with L'Amour's book Far from the action packed westerns that built a large following I'm but a lukewarm fan as I find much of his writing pedestrian this book borders on being merely a catalog of the books he has read over the years with assorted comments The writing in its short cadences with abrupt transitions reminded me so much of Clarence's final product it was eerie the only difference being that the subjects were books rather than persons It's very superficial and of only limited interest I fear I must admit to skimming it uite uickly That Daniel J Boostin one of my favorite cultural historians his trilogy The Americans Vol 1 The Colonial Experience which I read in the late seventies is enthralling history and brilliantly written speaks to his friendship with L'Amour than the book's content

  6. Caroline Caroline says:

    No choicer gift can any man give to another than his spirit’s intimate converse with itself Schleiermacher I would bet that Louis L’Amour would not be in the list of the first forty authors you might guess used a Schleiermacher uote as an epigraph for a chapter deep in his education autobiography And it wasn’t a uote he grabbed from A Speaker’s Treasury of uotes and Anecdotes either L’Amour read it among thousands of other works ranging from Homer to Aeschylus to Gogol to Marcian of Heracles to Montesuieu to Ssu ma Ch’ien to Blackstone to Somadeva He read deeply in literature of the frontier on every continent but of course most deeply on the American west Like anyone of his time he read some works that are best forgotten or have been superceded by subseuent scholarship But mostly he read to understand from people who lived in the time what everyday life was like so some of his obscure reading will always be valuable for that purposeL’Amour was a tough amazing man He left school at fifteen and spent many years knocking about the world working in mines on ships on docks in lumber camps and anywhere else a strong body and determination were useful He also boxed and boxing is a recurring theme in this bookBut he didn’t resemble very many other men in these environments He meant to be a writer from a very young age His father was a vet the house was well stocked with books and conversation centered around reading and boxing Throughout his traveling years he read voraciously in every spare second Sometimes he took breaks and lived on next to nothing so he could indulge in a spell of reading He also started writing poems and short stories Here the determination paid off as there were many years of rejections as he learned his craftThis is a tale of the education he provided for himself through reading and the accidental education he obtained through life lessons Not a full autobiography by any means it still includes episodes of near death in Death Valley fights in various tough spots riding the rails periods of persistent hunger during depression days between jobs and trials merely hinted at He kept his eyes open and tried to use every bit of experience to his benefit He is not romantic about his tough road; he wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else But on every page there are notes on what he was reading why and what he remembers of that author And he remembers a lot; the man had a prodigious memory He set books in places he had traveled from southeast Asia to Europe during WWII to every inch of the American West I put sticky notes at all of the places I thought I might want a uote for this review or to mark a book I want to investigate and the volume now has a very thick fringe of yellow ‘feelers’ that I can’t begin to sueeze in hereMany of the books I highlighted are listed in the chapters L’Amour uses to emphasize the stories and accomplishments of civilizations on continents that fall outside the usual education of Americans even today L’Amour died in 1988 and this book was copyrighted in 1989; I suspect he meant to edit it so can forgive some jump about chapters Even with my interest in literature in translation and the wide reading of my GR friends there were so many ideas to follow up on in these chapters For example Fifty years in both hemispheres or Reminiscences of the Life of a Former Merchantby Vincent Nolte who appears in Anthony Adverse The Travels of Lao Ts’an books about sea faring and markets of the Indian Ocean Black Sparta and other works by Naomi Mitchison There are lists of works he read while on the road from 1930 to 1937 except 1936 in the back of the book which are dauntingAnd the amazing thing is that he found many of these books lying about as he went from foc’sle to bunkhouse He comments that at least some of the men out there were thoughtful and well educated In addition he cites the Little Blue Books that were short small classic works a man could buy for a few cents and carry in his pocket He also haunted many librariesEventually L’Amour accumulated a library of 10000 books In the days before internet bookselling It included many very obscure works that he went to some trouble to obtain The introduction to Education is by Daniel J Boorstin L’Amour’s friend of many years who should know a well read man when he sees oneL’Amour cannot put sophisticated arguments into such a book which is mostly aimed at persuading others to adopt his voracious curiosity and devotion to reading in every spare second But he does periodically detour into ardent essays on why he believes Shakespeare not Marlowe wrote the plays why Custer is maligned at least to some extent and so forth There are also many chapters devoted to his love of the West its land and its peopleL’Amour says that he was not a writer of westerns but of books about the frontier wherever it was or is He set books in Appalachia Asia and Arizona but always on the frontier He looks forward to the frontier of space and is optimistic about man’s future Mostly he shares his passion for learning about everything one possible can during one’s time on earth either by listening carefully to people who were there during interesting times or by reading about them I truly enjoyed it

  7. Trace Trace says:

    I'll be the first to admit that it is a very limited audience that would adore this book as much as I did I truly felt like I had met a kindred spirit I would have loved to meet Mr L'Amour and discussed books which was his ultimate passion I wrote down several pages of uotes from his thoughts on books This book was essentially a list of books that he'd read along with fragmented thoughts on how they impacted him and things he'd learned from them He also told the story about how he obtained his wandering education To me it was fascinating I can't say that I agreed on everything he talked about but when discussing great books there will always be differing opinions it is enough to be sharing them and discussing them Louis talks several times about his loneliness in trying to find people to discuss books with On page 54 he says Loneliness is of many kinds and the mere presence and companionship of people does not suffice; and I could really relate to that I have yet to find a book club that caters to the kinds of books that I'd like to discuss and have had to rely on snippets of conversations here on Goodreads or within a leadership education group that I belong toThe bibliography at the back of the book where he lists the books he read each year from 1931 1937 is very impressive I hope to read even a fraction of the amazing works that he's read I closed this book satisfied to have met someone who values books as much as I do

  8. Rex Fuller Rex Fuller says:

    This is astonishing Yes Louis L’Amour was a western writer Here we learn he was that in the same sense that Eisenhower was a soldierL'Amour tells of his incredibly broad life experience beginning as a veterinarian’s son in the then still extant West in Jamestown North Dakota He soon discovered schooling was interfering with his education – because it insisted he read things he already had So he left uite deliberately to get that education by direct experience and reading He worked as a laborer lumber mover bare knuckle fighter miner and as whatever else he could do to earn a few dollars to finance his wandering As a merchant seaman he saw China Japan Indonesia and India All the while he was reading reading reading And he remembered much of what he read his eventual purpose being to pay the “debt of authenticity” an author owes his readersHis story of survival in Death Valley is just one experience that tells us he knew what it was likeWith complete confidence he writes of many places ideas and events for example “The basics of kung fu and karate came over the mountains from India or from the Buddhists of Khotan to China and Japan Bodhidharma a master of the martial arts as well as a wanderer in search of knowledge and a teacher brought his skills after much travel to the famed Shao Lin monastery Bodhidharma was a disciple of one of India’s greatest scholars Nagarjuna who originated the doctrine that became Ch’an in China and Zen in Japan In his wanderings Bodihidharma became known in China as Ta Mo; in Japan as Daruma He is often pictured as an old man with a twig over his shoulder from which a sandal is suspended”He read the histories of the great centers of learning at Shrivijaya in Sumatra and Nalanda in IndiaAfter becoming “familiar” with Morocco and North Africa and reading such books as Stanley’s works on the search for Livingstone and its seuel only then did he “begin to study Africa”He read Taras Bulba “one bitterly cold night in Paris” as a logisitcs officer waiting to fuel up as the Germans started the Battle of the BulgeThe books he credits as “valuable” is astounding and for those titles alone this book is worth havingEven beyond that his “education” is partly reflected in the Bibliography the list of books he read in 1931 through 1937He barely even mentions what would be for anyone else a fantastic achievement his screen writing for HollywoodLouis L’amour was a giant

  9. K. K. says:

    I loved reading about this man He was so much than just a western writer He had one of the largest private libraries in the country in his time But he was a very modest man and in his library his outward set of bookshelves moved to reveal an internal aet He didn't want to intimidate anyone Also I remember reading that some young person told him they wished they could skip their education and live a life like he did He told them that would be really stupid He said instead they would have to read 118can't remember exact # non fiction books a year to make up for their lack of schooling I don't think schools teach all that much now but that's the standard he set for himself and the education he gave himself His lists are what inspired me to begin recording what I read

  10. Jacob Aitken Jacob Aitken says:

    I cut my teeth on Louis L’amour’s “shoot em ups” They are good stories and I had read them as such Only on the second readings did I realize they were far they were wisdom literature L’Amour’s memoir is also a form of wisdom literature Whenever you read a major writer you are in contact with his own mind Reading George RR Martin likely puts you in contact with the mind of a demon Reading Samuel Johnson puts you in contact with the noblest of humanity L’Amour falls close to the latter categoryHe lived a life as exciting as his stories He dropped out of school in 10th grade because it was interfering with his education He worked everything from ocean ships to mining to boxing He was always readingHe gives a “writer’s take” on what books he read None of which is actually forming He just read when he got the chance I often get asked how I read so much Most of my reading like L’Amour’s is done waiting on people He writes “Often I hear people say they do not have time to read That’s absolute nonsense In the one year during which I kept that kind of record I read twenty five books while waiting for people” L’Amour 2One can’t really summarize L’Amour’s approach to books in one statement but perhaps he can get close Books teach you how to think Good ones anyway L’Amour was always reading the deepest books Don uixote Homer Sir Walter Scott Shakespeare However he only recommends his approach to learning once you can read 50 non fiction books in one year 85And there are some parts of the book that are just fascinating1 History is best taught through historical fiction I agree That’s all I read growing up2 The memory is a fascinating thing especially in the middle east Arabic scholars some of them anyway could recite their whole library books and the contents thereof 156 Jews could often recite the TanakhL’Amour teaches the reader the student of history to wonder We know that man has always been restless and searching for the next frontier Why do we think that the limits of exploration were Spain and India before Columbus? On a side note Nestorian Christians had churches from Syria to Japan before 1000 AD

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