But the land of learning has no boundaries neither here nor in the heavens We are guided by the lamp of curiosity the light of desiring to know Follow it Tosti Padget topic Difficulties in Writing pg 154 I have not the will to persist I tell myself I shall change but I do not I try to hold myself to a schedule but I am diverted by the flights and fancy in my own mind I dream of it want it talk of it think of it but I do not do it Writing is a lonely business and must be forever so and I am a social being I want and need others about me and the loneliness of my room is a hateful thing Richard Field topic character and persistence pg 156 and 157 He would say writing was not only talent but it was character the character of the writer Many are called he would say but few are chosen and it is character that chooses them In the last analysis it is persistence that matters Tatton Chantry topic Evil pg 185If men of goodwill would not step forward to war against evil then who wouldTatton Chantry topic Luck pg 192How often it is that a whim may alter the course of our existence How often the simple decision whether to go right of left when one leaves a doorway can change so much A man may turn to the right and walk straightway into all manner of evil and to the left in all manner of good Tatton Chantry topic Possesions pg 249 a man cannot be free until he has possessions and then he is no longer free but bound by them Tattan Chantry leaves Ireland after the British kill his father and burns down his home In London he becomes interested in trade and invests in a trading venture to the New World Marooned in the Carolinas and attacked by hostile Indians he has to survive and try to return to England The Carolinas provide a golden opportunity to achieve his dreams Louis L amour is very popular among the men in my family My father and both of my grandfathers speak of him with awe and affection and his books have a place of honor on their shelvesI in the other hand have never read a Louis L amour novel I started Walking Drum back when I was in high school but I didn t get very far into it the fault was with me not with the book I rarely had the patience to finish books in those days So I decided that it might be time to try L amour again I casually asked my grandfather what his favorite L amour book was mistakenly thinking that it would be a brief conversation Not so Apparently the man has been waiting patiently for the past 60 odd years for someone to ask him that uestion uietly biding his time until he could pass on the uniue magic that is Louis L amour Before long he had produced a stack of seven books Fair Blows the Wind being one of them for me to start with so that I could get a feel for what L amour is about Well there was no turning back at that point Fair Blows the Wind begins with Tatton Chantry being stranded on an island off the coast of the Carolinas Before long he comes across a group of shipwrecked Spaniards There s a pretty lady involved of course as well as some pirates and plenty of gold and silverThe bulk of the story however was in the form of a long flashback to Chantry s youth
In 16th Century Europe Tatton 16th century Europe Tatton throughout Europe learning from the various people he encounters a gypsy a Scottish warrior a playwright a Spanish nobleman etc The characters come in and out of the story abruptly and some we never hear from againThe last 30 pages were by far the most exciting The ending was abrupt but satisfying L amour managed to tie up all of the loose ends in ust a few pagesThis book was probably an odd choice for my introduction to L amour since it s not one of his typical works but I enjoyed it There s swashbuckling action witty dialogue and a touch of romance what can you ask for If you re a fan of Treasure Island or The Three Musketeers then you would probably enjoy this book Louis L Amour has almost outdone himself in this one It is capturing and adds interesting new perspectives from flashbacks The main character Tatton Chantry is a gallant Irish gentleman with a rogues skill set The book places him on the shores of wild America where he is marooned accidentally and thrust into a whirlpool of conflicting interests involving treasures maidens and political betrothals all the while recouning his earlier exploits in flashbackshaving been burned from his home by the English he sets out to make a fortune to buy back his homeland and rebuild his once prestigious home The book takes turns as he makes enemies friends and alliances continually travelling broad without a definite course but with a final destination He ranges all over the world in London Ireland Scotland a collection of Islands off Scotlands caost including the hebrides as a soldier a trader sailor and even a vagabondFinally he ends up in America where he must confront his oldest enemies and use all of his skills and abilities to escape the hornets nest he s in Filled With Great Desprictions And great desprictions and of battlesscenes and conversations thought provoking without being too complicatedand a truly captivating book Fair Blows The Wind would be a good book for nearly anyone to read I know L Amour is known for his westerns but my favorite books of his are his early American and European tales This book fit the bill The Walking Drum and Jubal Sackett are some of my other top Louis pick. Encounters a remarkable opportunity Suddenly all his dreams are within reach extraordinary wealth his family land and the heart of a Peruvian beauty But first he must survive Indians pirates and a rogue swordsman who has vowed to see him de.
Read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Î Louis LAmourThis is not one of L Amour s best works although it is engaging enough in parts To me it felt like he had a short story in mind then decided to expand it into a longer story by adding in background in a flashback In truth the flashback feels so much like a different tale than the initial story is fits into that by the time it is over you ve nearly forgotten the original taleTatton Chantry is shipwrecked on the coast of America in one of the outer islands along the Carolinas There he encounters various groups and learns of a treasure and then we are taken to Chantry s youth as he travels England and Scotland learning and growing trying to make his way Most of the novel is this flashback of Tatton s youth introducing the main antagonist and explaining where he learned his skills even fighting in a war in France While the stilted affected old fashioned language served well in Sackett s Land etc it feels a bit awkward here and doesn t flow as well as L Amour s usual style A bit all over the place story wise but once it gets going it s a very good readA story of the first Chantry in the Chantry seriesHis name is not really Chantry but since his family was a wealthy and of Royal blood in Ireland hunted down and killed his father made him change his name and helped him escape Ireland before he was himself murderedThe story itself starts in the Carolinas before they were settled and most parts of the East Coast were either Spanish or French Chantry is a sailing merchant and left on the shores of the New World after an attack from Native American tribe that killed some of his crewHe escapes and runs into a party of Spanish Dons who are escorting a beautiful young girl believed to be a princess from South America to be married against her will to a rich man in SpainThere is gold involved and of course the young princess as well who Chantry wants to rescueThe story goes back and forth from his time on the New Continent and how he escaped Ireland as a young boy and made it to AmericaVery good read lots of plot twists action bad guys etc that is typical of L Amour but I particularly liked the history and the day to day live in England and London as he dwelt deeper into the subject Definitely recommend No one can take away from L Amour s ability to hook a reader in the first few lines My name is Tatton Chantry and unless the gods are kind to rogues I shall die within minutesMy two companions are dead and those who came to this shore with us have fled believing me already killed Their boat bobs upon a gray sea flecked with the white of foam and soon they shall be alongside the Good CatherineI am alone I am left without food without a musket with naught but the clothes in which I stand and a sword I also have its small companion a knifeBut what man can claim to be alone when he holds a sword A man with a sword can bring a kingdom man can claim to be alone when he holds a sword A man with a sword can bring a kingdom Many a man has a fortune who began with no less and no I stand upon the outer edge of a continent and who is to say that continent cannot be mineBut first I must live and to stay alive I must be brave but than brave I must be waryCrouched at the base of a gnarled and wind racked tree I wait With Pounding Heart For pounding heart For will come now for me My two companions are dead and they must know that I am alone
*one against manyfair *against manyFair the Wind is the second audio release in the Talon and Chantry series but in time frame it takes place long before Borden Chantry 19th century American West because this one is set in 16th century and follows Tatton Chantry the first of the ChantrysAs you can see this one opened with a breath catching situation Tatton is marooned on the Carolina coast of North America natives are active he has little but a knife and his wits He encounters a party of Spanish and adventure follows but not before there is a long foray into his colorful past Chantry is an adventurer and looks for the big opportunity He has had to fight his entire life since the English murdered his family back in Ireland and he leads them on a merry chase to and fro over the British IslesLike many of this author s books there is a lot of detail about what the character thinks and believes about what he has learned and how the world works The philosophizing and memories of the past are sandwiched in his present Another typical trait is that Chantry is not content Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education just to make it through life and moan about his losses but he goes for the big chance and makes for an exciting and engaging underdog to root for He gets in so many tight spots but his wits and skill get him through along with the grit of a survivor I could sense how the author was setting this hero up to be the father of a family line and of a breed of men and women who would tame the frontierThe pace was uneven because of the flips into deep thought and exciting danger but I can t say I ever got bored Chantry is well developed but most other characters are left to speak and act in and out of his life with less development Some are friends some rogues and some are uite villainous Chantry has a roguish piratical sense of humor and I love how that shines through in his dealingsAs to narration work I thought John Keating was exceptional He carried the listener through several of those longer monologue passages and captured the essence of Tatton and the story His accent work was great Enjoyed my His father killed by the British and his home burned young Tatton Chantry left Ireland to make his fortune and regain the land that was rightfully his Schooled along the way in the use of arms Chantry arrives in London a wiser and far dange. Irst time listening to his narrationIn summary it s a bold adventure tale and was a pleasure to experience I definitely want of the series I would recommend this one not only to those who enjoy Western Frontier Fiction but straight up adventuresome historical fiction with great details and authentic 16th century feel My thanks to Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review 35 Swashbuckling adventure stars This book took me by surprise in how enjoyable it was I guess I m a typicaludge a book by the cover gal although I try not to be and the picture on my cover showed a man with a ship in the background I had always thought I preferred LL s woodsymountainsouthwest terrain located novels but this book proved me wrong in that I loved the sea fairing plots of LL s books I finished this book about a week ago and if my memory serves me correctly it is a book placed in the late 1500 s an age I hardly ever seek out to read about where the man becomes stranded on an island and meets up with a group of people also stranded Throughout his present day occurrences the main character recalls to mind his past and what steps he took to get him to this point When remembering his life he often would wonder if he fought such a hard life only to be stranded on an island to die Tatton Chantry The main character continually emboldens himself and recalls his goals and hopes This story was incredibly written as it took me on a ourney throughout the cabins and poopdecks of a ship to a tropical island to the pubs and taverns of england the moors of Scotland and Ireland the swamps of the Carolinas the highways of long ago and the stone castles of ancient descendants When Tatton was shivering cold from the rain and violent seas I too felt cold and in need of a warm cup of coffee when Tatton was starving in the woods and smells the faint wasp of bacon and a fire burning I too smelled it and craved for it LL did an amazing ob of taking me back in time and to a different world When someone says a book can take you anywhere I ll always think of this book A great read and I truly recommend Date Read 12 September 2010I read this book Fair Blows the Wind by Louis L Amour for a book discussion group I liked the story and the fact that it was not a western novel typically done by L Amour but one that takes place mostly in Europe before the population of North America A few things that I learned from this book 1 The influence that a father can have on a son especially a father who tries to provide a good education and example 2 The kindness of strangers can make a difference in one s life3 Hard training is reuired to develop great skill such as swordsmanship4 The pen is a powerful friend and a horrible foe5 In Louis L Amour books the good guy always wins in the endI have read several louis l amour books and read
*several louis l *Louis L books and seem to have a similar story line The story is developed along this format Boy has a rough childhood and has to grow up earlier than other boys Boy learns through studying books and the help of kind strangers Boy becomes a man Man ends up developing a hated enemy Man meets attractive women Man and women fall in love but never actually let each other know Eventually the man ends up killing the hated enemy Man and women marry and live happily ever after I would recommend this book to those who like Louis L Amour or those who enjoy a good action packed story uotes FROM FAIR BLOWS THE WINDTATTON CHANTRY Fair Blows the WindTatton Chantry Robert Vypont Topic Father teaching Tatton pg 62 I have never been to school My father was my teacher Ah A man of rare education no doubt He was that He read me from the writings of Homer when I was young and from Virgil too He taught me much of history and not of our country only but others as well We walked much together and he instructed me then We also talked with vistors Tatton Chantry and Robert Vypont Topic Books pg 70 What is the book I asked Maimonides You are a Jew I am English but one finds wisdom in all languages I read him often for he has much to tell He looked at me How do you know of Maimonides My father read him also We had many many books and my father would often read to me Sometimes we talked of them I have few books now but they are old friends to me Robert Vypont to Tatton Chantry Topic Wealth pg 71 Wealth Well perhaps It has its benefits but is an empty thing in itself Robert Vypont to Tatton Chantry Topic Happiness pg 71 I have education and once I had position Now I am nobody but I am happy Tatton Chantry topic Teaching pg 73 Only you could teach me that I said for cannot the teacher always teach than he knows Tatton Chantry topic Preparedness and Fighting pg 92 but my father warned me I would have enemies and to survive I must be prepared I hope never to fight I added in all sincerity but experience has taught me that wishing to avoid a fight will not always be enough Fergis MacAskill to Tatton Chantry Topic Savagery pg 120 No part of the world I m thinking has a sole claim on savagery There s a bit of it in us all given the time and place and circumstances Tatton Chantry topic Learning pg 134 and 135 He taught me some things He said there much to come but that is true always The well of learning is one that never ceases to flow and we have only to drink of its waters There are races and nations of men. Rous man He invests in trading ventures but on a voyage to the New World his party is attacked by Indians and he is marooned in the untamed wilderness of the Carolina coast It is in this darkest time when everything seems lost that Chantry.