The Empty Land

The Empty Land

Louis L'Amour / Mar 31, 2020

The Empty Land For thousands of years the lonely canyon knew only wind and rain wild animals and an occasional native hunter Then a trapper found a chunk of gold and everything changed overnight In six days a tow

  • Title: The Empty Land
  • Author: Louis L'Amour
  • ISBN: 9780553253061
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • For thousands of years the lonely canyon knew only wind and rain, wild animals, and an occasional native hunter Then a trapper found a chunk of gold, and everything changed overnight.In six days a town called Confusion appeared and on the seventh it could disappear, consumed by the flames of lawlessness and violence On one side are those who understand only brute fFor thousands of years the lonely canyon knew only wind and rain, wild animals, and an occasional native hunter Then a trapper found a chunk of gold, and everything changed overnight.In six days a town called Confusion appeared and on the seventh it could disappear, consumed by the flames of lawlessness and violence On one side are those who understand only brute force On the other are men who want law and order but are ready to use a noose to achieve their ends Between them stand Matt Coburn and Dick Felton one a hardened realist, the other an idealist trying to dig a fortune from the muddy hillside Outnumbered and outgunned, Felton and Coburn can t afford to be outmaneuvered For as the two unlikely allies confront corruption, betrayal, and murder in an attempt to tame a town where the discovery of gold can mean either the fortune of a lifetime or a sentence of death, they realize that any move could be their last.

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      • Louis L'Amour

        Louis L Amour was an American author L Amour s books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print 86 novels, 14 short story collections and one full length work of nonfiction and he was considered one of the world s most popular writers.


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    1. I think The Empty Land just tries too much. For a fairly short book, there are too many characters—it feels like hundreds at times; even minor bystanders like a couple of stagecoach passengers who never appear again are given full first-and-last names. There are so many villains and gunmen that it's a task keeping straight who wants what and who's working for whom and with whom (made a little more complicated by some people switching sides). The result is that nobody really has enough time in [...]


    2. This book has given me a crisis of identity. I'm no longer sure that I don't like westerns. Though, I think perhaps I just really like Louis L'Amour’s writing. The opening passage of “The Empty Land” is captivating and makes some bold claims about a coyote that would have been harder for a lesser writer to live up to:“In Europe, Pope Gregory the Great had died, in Ireland the Golden Age of scholarship was at its height, and on the Continent the Merovingian kings ruled much of what is now [...]


    3. My dad loves all his books and I read over a hundred while staving off the night terrors when growing up.It is a strange fact about the old west, Indians, and the genocidal take over of the land now called the United States that fiction writing about them is often taken for truth (see Ward Churchill's Fantasies of the Master Race). The back of almost every L'amour novel lauds his knowledge of "how it really was" and the fact that he could've been one of the tough, honorable, lonely fighting men [...]


    4. The Empty Land by Louis L'Amour is a great book. Matt Corburn has been a wanderer his whole life and working for the law. He has gone from Boom town to Boom town and cleaning them up. He comes upon this one little Boom town called Confusion. He had cleaned up tough towns before but he did not even want to try to bring the law to Confusion. He was asked to sheriff and refused. But, even after he refused he realized he had no choice but to help, and helping my cost him his life. I liked this book [...]


    5. What is it about L'Amour's stories? I have yet to read one I didn't like. In The Empty Land, it's a story of three men who find gold and a boom town springs up in the matter of days, but it's on the verge of destroying itself through its lawless citizens. Enter Matt Colburn. He's as tough a man as the West could make, ready to take on the outlaws and thieves to make a town worth living in. I love the language L'Amour uses to describe people and places. It's like he lived in that time and is taki [...]


    6. To find gold, two unlikely allies must tame a Western town where some men's notion of law is a lynchman's rope. On the other side is a lawless element that wants the town wide open.



    7. This was my first western novel; I selected it mainly because the reader is the lategreat Edward Hermann, who does an excellent job as always. He even does an impressivevariety of voices (I think this book breaks the record for highest number of charactersin a relatively short novel!). The writing is fine, and L'Amour even brings up some thought-provoking concepts regarding violence, morality, and human character. This isn't a genreI'm "into," but I find that just about everything I read enriche [...]


    8. Det var bestemt ikke min bedste læseoplevelse med Louis L'Amour. Der var alle ingredienserne: store stærke mænd, guld, revolvere og slagsmål, men på en eller anden måde, var historien lidt tynd. Det er historien om hvordan en guldgraverby bliver til. Om den overlever afhænger af om de rigtige mænd kommer til byen og om der er guld nok i bjergene. Det er naturligvis historien om det gode mod det onde. Hvem vinder? Ja, det vil jeg ikke afsløre, for så er der jo ingen grund til at læse b [...]


    9. Every time I read a Louis L'Amour book I am struck once more by what a fantastic writer he was. This book reads like a classic Clint Eastwood western. A new town populated by some really bad guys and one honorable gunman decides to clean it up. The story is very fast paced and has a satisfying ending. If you like Westerns, this one is sure to please.


    10. One of L'Amour's more ambitious Westerns don't know that he pulls it off, mostly because by the end of the book the story he told became so pruned one wonders if he thought this one through enough (it begins in the 7th century). You could read the second half and frankly not miss much. Not bad, for what it is.




    11. Good story with the normal ups and downs of a LAmour novel. Little bit more of a twist in the love story angle and the sudden change in character of Laurie is a little difficult to grapple with.


    12. A pretty standard Western with the usual plot: good guy fights numerous bad guys, outdrawing and shooting many while only receiving minor wounds himself, wins the love of the heroine and the admiration of everyone else and goes merrily on his way.It was all I expected in the book which allowed a little escapism during a long airline journey and helped pass the time.


    13. Classic Louis L'amour. Also a great voice over for the audio portion. Loved the storyline, westerns don't come much better than this from the master of the genre.


    14. Imagine the pure luck of a man wandering the wilderness and just so happens to take a water break in the mountains only to discover a rich gold source. After the discovery Zeller went home to start a tavern and a family. Although tragic events result in their deaths he once again hits the wild frontier with a few foreign lads and goes to make a new life for himself. Unfortunately luck was not on Zeller’s side and he is ambushed by Native Americans along the way and dies in the attack. His frie [...]


    15. The book starts out talking about things of the past, such as old trappers and kings and such. Then it goes on to tell how an old trapper found a great mine full of gold. He had met up with three good men, Dick Felton, Dan Cohan, and Zeller, a Dutchman. The old trapper tells them about the mine and tells them where it is. Months later the three men found themselves at the mine, the old trapper had gotten shot by Utes and was no longer with them. They began mining and a couple days later they wer [...]


    16. The Empty Land starts out with one of the best attention-grabbing "teasers" I have ever read to entice the reader on:"In Europe Pope Gregory the Great had died. In Ireland the golden age of scholarship was at its height. And in the Continent the Merovingian Kings ruled much of what is now Germany and France. In Southeast Asia the little kingdom of Champa, now called South Viet Nam was locked in a life and death struggle for its independence with China and what is now North Viet Nam. It was the S [...]


    17. For those who think Louis L'Amour is just another western author, I offer the opening to this book: "In Europe, Pope Gregory the Great had died, in Ireland the Golden Age of scholarship was at its height, and on the continent the Merovingian kings ruled much of what is now Germany and France."In Southeast Asia the little kingdom of Champa, now called South Vietnam, was locked in a life-and-death struggle for its independence, with China and what is now North Vietnam."It was the seventh century, [...]


    18. Η άδεια γηΠέμπτο βιβλίο του Λουίς Λ'Αμούρ που περνάει στην λίστα με τα διαβασμένα, ακόμα ένα καλό γουέστερν. Πρόκειται για την ιστορία μιας νεότευκτης πόλης χρυσού, της Κονφούζιον. Η πόλη χτίστηκε στα γρήγορα δίπλα σε φλέβες χρυσού σε κάποια περιοχή των ΗΠΑ. Τα γνωστά. Βέβαι [...]


    19. A boom town springs up in the middle the wild west desert, full to bursting with miners, law abiding traders, and also the outlaws that smell the chance to make a quick buck. The opportunity to create a prosperous settlement is threatened by a gang of drifting thugs who do not think twice about using violence to get their way - killing a couple of Marshalls in the process.There is only one man who can take them on - Matt Colburn. A good hearted, 'street' smart man with a lightning fast draw. The [...]


    20. Matt Coburn is a realistic town tamer. He knows that if he pins on the badge and brings order out of chaos in the boom town of Confusion the good people will want to forget his actions and get rid of him. He also knows that if he turns away, the lawless element will put the town to the torch.Western - For thousands of years the lonely canyon knew only wind and rain, wild animals, and an occasional native hunter. Then a trapper found a chunk of gold, and everything changed overnight. In six days [...]


    21. In six days a town called Confusion appeared . . . and on the seventh it could disappear, consumed by the flames of lawlessness and violence. On one side are those who understand only brute force. On the other are men who want law and order but are ready to use a noose to achieve their ends. Between them stand Matt Coburn and Dick Felton: one a hardened realist, the other an idealist trying to dig a fortune from the muddy hillside. Outnumbered and outgunned, Felton and Coburn can’t afford to b [...]


    22. I love that underneath the excitement of the plot runs a debate over the the ethics of killing. Whether an antagonist "has it coming" or not, regardless of whether or not the killing is in self-defense, as the central character struggles to clean up the lawless boomtown Confusion, he works to do what his job demands while still answering to his own conscience as well as the moral expectations of others. This is what I love about L'Amour (especially his later books): there's more to these slim li [...]


    23. I just love Louis L'Amour, his westerns are great at showing you things and not telling you. His characters always have strong passion, a moral compass that they hold to and plenty of action.In this one a gunman who has always been on the right side of the law struggles with his identity. Wanting to leave the life of a known gunman and all its dangers behind he can't help but help clean up one last booming mine town. Will he be able to clean it up and if he does will he finally be able to escape [...]


    24. I'm not a big fan of westerns so much but it was Allie's choice for book number 8 in our reading project. It was really what I expected it to be. Fist fights and shoot outs, a couple pretty ladies and a lawless mining town. I founds some of the characters to be just caricatures. Was Laurie Shannon really so put off by the killing of a murderous thief? It doesn't make any sense to me and doesn't seem rooted in reality. Matt Coburn is a bad ass and you know he'll win in the end. It all seemed pre- [...]


    25. the book was about where Matt Coburn he was a character in the book and he had to clean up towns he knew what to do and how to do it he also knew who to kill and when to kill them but the odds were stacked up against him he was facing every kind of gunman knife artist drygulcher and tin horn there was and he was alone now he was sure of only one thing the gutters would run with blood before came to fonfusion


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