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The books open up a whole new world for him. Like when Bendigo tells us a lion attack kept him bedridden for two whole weeks, then a few pages later we see him go horseback riding a mere week after said attack. Louis was trying to show the readers that at the end of they day, Benjamin will do what needs to be done without hesitation. View Printer Friendly Version. In between the great quotes, though, it felt like each turning point in Bendigo’s life was its own vignette and by the end it just didn’t feel like they added up to a cohesive whole.

Eventually, he follows her East and gets her to come back West with him. He’s alone in the world, except for his older married brother Cain who wants to set up a blacksmith shopbut recently widowed Ruth Macken takes Ben’s education in hand and starts him off on books from her library. Books were a rare thing in West especially when every ounce of weight on a wagon was need for the necessities of living. More than most of his books this one made me want to wander over to his place to talk about these folks over some campfire coffee.

It is better, sometimes, to simply feelto simply be. The tone this time is Homeric in its cadences, almost too self-consciously so: Bendigo Sackett comes west like so many others to find land and a place to build a place for himself and his family.

When young Bendigo Shafter and a ragtag bunch of travelers settle in the rugged Wyoming mountains, they quickly come to depend on a toughness and wisdom many of them never knew they possessed.

These stories make you want to go find these places and explore them. Louis L’Amour is prolific and I will be selecting another book from him. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. But the end was well wrapped up; he got the girl, the money, the landthe bad guy, However the ending became repititious and more about how wonderful the main characer was.


I didn’t find the story all that engaging, b Read this because of Louis’ autobiography ‘The Education of a Wandering Man’. When young Bendigo Shafter and a ragtag bunch of travelers settle in the rugged Wyoming mountains, they quickly come to depend on a toughness and wisdom many of them never knew they possessed. In Bendigo Shafter, the titular hero tells his own story of coming to manhood.

Probably, he figured his audience wouldn’t go for a novel that didn’t have tons of gunplay to offset the more realistic and mundane aspects of frontier life.

Bendigo Shafter is 6’2″, kind and gentle toward women, a hard worker who takes satisfaction in his labour, who understands the Indian and respects him, who reads Blackstone’s Law and Plutarch etc.

Bendigo Shafter

When young Bendigo Shafter and a ragtag bunch of travelers settle in the rugged Wyoming mountains, they quickly come to depend on a toughness and wisdom many of them never knew they possessed.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Ya, so Ben Shafter is probably a little too good to be true, but the book was very enjoyable nonetheless. Subscribe to this feed. The plots were nearly always highly implausible, relying on continuous fortuitous coincidences finding gold, meeting just the person one is looking for in the middle of the prairie or in a restaurant in a large city, bullets deflected by belt-buckles, etc which allowed the tall, strong-boned men accustomed to hard work and harsh landscapes to find their way into the hearts of beautiful, young women, usually with red-blonde hair.

Yeah, tha This book was deep on philosophy but light on plot.

National Book Foundation Homepage. They passed over the land just to get over it, not to live with it and see it, feel it. It bendgio shows how a young man can take the best or worst of people as he grows up.


Xhafter for a family read aloud book. Led by the beautiful and resourceful widow Ruth Macken, the settlers battle harsh winters, renegade opportunists, and the At what point does a group of strangers become a community? The depth of his research, the details and the lines that provoke thought and still stand true all tie together to make his stories live on. What could we have learn from the plains indians if they had had a written history, if there knowledge of healing and nature had been written down.

It is not to wait for supper of an evening or for bedtime or for a drink at a saloon.


Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. It is ranked up in the top 5 of his books that I like.

Please try again later. He has some great examples starting with his brother Cain, as well as a familiar name in Sackett Ethan and a whole host of others in the town.

Being told in first person, the story doesn’t make him an idealized caricature, just a man responding to his life course and making adjustments as events necessitate.

Paperbackpages. There was a problem adding bendigoo email address. Bwndigo won this in a goodreads giveaway and this is the first book I’ve read by the sbafter. Bantam Books Current Publisher: If this is the sam This is another one of Louis L’Amour’s epic novels.

Falling into it reminded me of why I love L’Amour’s writings; his intense appreciate for the Native Americans, this amazing continent we call home, his love of the earth and of his characters and with their strength and their foibles!

May 27, Jorgina rated it liked it Shelves: I found the main character a bit “too good to be true,” and the amount of violence a bit extreme. The Year in Literature: Highly engaging for young boys and men, with some for the women folks too.