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Milt Gross Book Review: "Fair Blows the Wind" by Louis L'Mour
By Milt Gross
Mar 27, 2015 - 5:14:40 AM

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Fair Blows the Wind is the first Louis L'Amour novel I've ever read that took place in Great Britain, Spain, on board a ship, and on the East Coast, I think in South Carolina. Photo by Milt Gross
Louis L'Amour is one of my favorite authors, although he's been deceased since 1988.

All the otherbooks of his I've read have been Westerns. This one was about a young man, Tatton Chanery, (not his real name but an adopted one), from Ireland, who is chased and nearly killed by a bad guy and then works on a ship that goes to the Carolinas. Instead of dying after a storm-caused ship wreck, Chanery happens onto a small group who are themselves survivors of some type and are being hunted by another group.

Chanery meets Guadaloupe, a very pretty woman among the small group and eventually ends up back in Ireland on an estate married to her and with a couple of children.

"The house of gray granite sits in the hollow of a green hill with all the bay and the rocks below it. A strong walker may climb to where the old fort lies, its black stones made blacker still by the blood of those who died there, and all the burning of the fires that ate away its heart more times than one, yet each time by a son rebuilt," from the final chapter after Chanery has gotten home again with Guadaloupe and has had children.

Although I don't usually read stories of the Old World, this one held my attention from the very beginning. It ended differently from what I expected. I thought Chanery would end in the New World. Instead he is back where his roots are, Ireland.

That's a very short description of the story, which never lacks adventure and excitement.

I've found all of L'Amour's stories to be really interesting, including this one.

L'Amour literally "walked the land my characters walk," states a couple of pages about the author at the end of the book. "Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own family in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier," the explanatory pages continue.

"Every one of his more than 100 books is in print; there are more than 270 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors in modern literary history," the pages continue.

His bestsellers include, The Lonesome Gods, The Walking Drum (his twelfth-century historical novel), Jubal Sackett, Last of the Breed, and The Haunted Mesa, the pages continue. "His memoir, Education of a Wandering Man, was a leading bestseller in 1989," states those pages.

"The recipient of many great honors and awards, in 1983 Mr. L'Amour became the first novelist ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life's work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan," the pages state.

"As a boy growing up in Jamestown,North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family's frontier heritage, including the story of his great grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors," it continues.

He traveled all over the world, according to those explanatory pages. He "wanted to write almost from the time I could talk," they continue. He published his first full-length novel in 1953.

"Louis L'Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L'Amour tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam," this 2005 Bantam reissue states.

The 2005 cost of this paperback was $4.99. Amazon.com sells a Kindle Edition for $5.69 and a used or new hardcover for $0.14. That company sells a 1988 Mass Market Paperback for $0.14 used or new.

You cannot have my copy that Dolores found for free at our town recycling center. I plan to keep it permanently.


Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at lesstraveledway@roadrunner.com.

Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014


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