Smoke from This Altar (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jun 3, 2009 - Poetry - 96 pages
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Smoke From This Altar, a book that has become legendary among Louis L'Amour readers, is the very first book L'Amour ever published. It appeared, to great critical praise, for sale only in Oklahoma bookstores more than fifty years ago. Since then it has become the most sought-after L'Amour title of all, with the few circulating copies from the small print run commanding top dollar from rare book collectors. Now, at last, it is being published nationally in this beautiful keepsake Bantam edition.

It was in Smoke From This Altar that L'Amour first gave public voice to his now-celebrated spirit of wanderlust. Like the short stories in his classic, million-copy-selling Yondering, and his best-selling memoir Education of a Wandering Man, the poems in this book are inspired by his experiences and memories of his journeys across oceans and continents. It is vintage L'Amour storytelling--in verse--about nature, the land, and the people who loved and braved it.

Smoke From This Altar begins with a newly written introduction by his wife Kathy in which she discusses the special place this work has held in the L'Amours' lives. In concludes with twenty previously uncollected L'Amour poems selected by his family.

Impassioned, adventurous, heroic, and humorous, Smoke From This Altar is unique L'Amour writing, to be read and enjoyed again and again.


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Review: Smoke from This Altar

User Review  - Eddy Allen - Goodreads

cc: Smoke From This Altar, a book that has become legendary among Louis L'Amour readers, is the very first book L'Amour ever published. It appeared, to great critical praise, for sale only in Oklahoma ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roger - Goodreads

L'Amour transports you into the lonely and beautiful places he has visited in these poems. They show his facility with words and his love of the frontier. The mystery in nature is only partly received ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION by Kathy LAmour
OUT OF THE OCEAN DEPTHS SOUNDLESSLY MOVING
SMOKE FROM THIS ALTAR
HONGKONG HARBOR
WORDS FROM A WANDERER
IN BUDAPEST
IM A STRANGER HERE
WITHOUT THIS LAND
THE SEA OFF VANUA LEVU
IF THERE IS BEAUTY
SHIP ACROSS THE SKY
McVEY
I CAME TO CREATE
LINES TO A SEASON
I SHALL GO BACK
I HAVENT READGONE WITH THE WIND

LIFE
BIOGRAPHY IN STONE
AN EMBER IN THE DARK
NOCTURNE
WINGS OVER WAVES
A HANDFUL OF STARS
WINTER
SECRET PASS
BANKED FIRES
NORTH CAPE
TO YOU JEANNINE
DECADENCE
LOVE OUT OF SEASON
AFTER TOMORROW
YACODHAPURA
STEPPE
TO GIORDANO BRUNO
THE WEARY ONE
HILDEBRAND
ENCHANTED MESAS
MY THREE FRIENDS
IN AN OLD TEMPLE
IN PROTEST
QUESTION
A WAIL FROM A PULPETEER
OLD JERRY
PICTURE
CALL OF THE TROPICS
THE GLADIATOR
THE PIONEER
TRANQUILLITY
TWILIGHT
FOREST PEOPLE
WINTER WINDS
LET IT SNOW
THEN CAME SPRING
RAIN
MUTATION
TO ONE WITHOUT FAITH
ROSE OF MEMORY
LET ME FORGET
ABOUT LOUIS LAMOUR
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About the author (2009)

LOUIS L'AMOUR (1908-1988) was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He left school at 15 to travel the world. While in his thirties, he began writing novels about life on the Western frontier. His first big success, "Hondo", was made into a John Wayne movie. L'Amour wrote 100 books in all, which sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and several short stories.

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