The Walking Drum

The Walking Drum

by Louis L'Amour


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Louis L’Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Now he guides his readers to an even more distant frontier—the enthralling lands of the twelfth century.
Warrior, lover, and scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous challenge, danger, and revenge. Across Europe, over the Russian steppes, and through the Byzantine wonders of Constantinople, Kerbouchard is thrust into the treacheries, passions, violence, and dazzling wonders of a magnificent time.
From castle to slave galley, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess’s secret chamber, and ultimately, to the impregnable fortress of the Valley of Assassins, The Walking Drum is a powerful adventure in an ancient world that you will find every bit as riveting as Louis L’Amour’s stories of the American West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816137374
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 01/01/1985
Pages: 588

About the Author

Our foremost storyteller of the American West, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and woman who settled the frontier. There are more than three hundred million copies of his books in print around the world.

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1908

Date of Death:

June 10, 1988

Place of Birth:

Jamestown, North Dakota



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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Walking Drum by Louis Lamour is a very interesting story, one I haven't seen the like of yet. I really enjoyed it though, because it showed so much in the space of so little pages. The story takes you, and I say you because the entire book is written in first person, as in "I took the road" and it really draws you in, from the devastating loss of everything a boy knows to his quest for vengance, slavery aboard a ship, freedom and intellectual growth, to classic damsel in distress scenarios and daring swordfights, and countless brushes with death, all while showing a deeply philosophical side of how the people thought during these times. I know I am somewhat rambling, but it is hard to explain this book. Being that Im currently in AP World History and have learned much of the information here, I felt very comfortable with the story and surprised when things that I recognized from our AP textbook and even other information I had read or glanced over appeared right alongside Kerbouchard as he traveled from a pirate community to an intellectual powerhouse of Cordoba, and then to Europe, arriving in Paris, then to Keiv in the russian steppes and on to Constantinople. Watching him grow as the story progresses, and it does rather quickly, was very interesting and I was surprised when I finished the book that he had come all the way from a boy who didnt know what to do with himself. One of the interesting quirks I enjoyed in this book was that previous knowledge of history during this time isnt nessecarily needed; while you may recognize a few terms thrown around, like the Ummayyed and Abbasid Caliphates, or maybe that Cathay is another word for the Chinese, the author spends paragraphs on historical information that is revelant to what is happening in the story. For example, when Kerbouchard visited Paris the author went on about the history of learning in paris and how it had evolved, how students teneded to be poor, etc, and once you read it you had a better understanding of the situation and enviornment that Kerbouchard was in. These historical anecdotes really helped set the stage for Kerbouchard's travels. All of this simply goes to show how amazing this book was, I thouroughly enjoyed reading it and if you have the time (a day or two, at most) I would defintely recommend it. There was supposed to be an continuation of this story. Sadly, the author Louis died before he could wrtie the next books, so that makes this book doubly special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, it has every walks of life in it, love, adventure, education, you name it. I read this book about every 15 months!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book numerous times and every time I discover something I had not seen before.
Bill_Newman More than 1 year ago
I've read, and re-read, this book at least 3 times now. Each time I find something new. I wish Louis had written more about this era as well. I love his cowboy Westerns but I find even more interest in his historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Louis Lamour has been one of my favorite authors for a long time, and after I have read many of his books I noticed that almost all of his main characters are the same! Take the Sackett series for example, all his character say somthing similar to "I have a strong back and wide shoulders, I am tall for my age. And my father taught me use a sword." While the main character did say pretty much the same thing, he had a different personality than the Sackett's. Different to the point where I disliked the character for most of the story, but strangly I still wanted him to succeed... I thought the character was very arrogant, the way he assumed that every one would eventually do his will. The way he talked to some of the women he met should have given him a slap in the face. And the book would probably only be a few pages long if he didn't insult half the people he met. What I loved about the book is that you saw the character change, no other book i have read was like this in that sense. His personality changes similar to this Naive -> Heroic -> Eager to learn -> Arrogant -> Womenizer -> Humbled slightly -> Slightly arrogant -> Kind to a women (one) -> Heroic -> Than near the end he probably deserved to be slaped by this girl he was talking to but miraculously didnt, I guess women didnt get offended by perverts back then... Louis Lamour died before he could write the rest of the series. So we will never know hoe Mathurin's personality would have been in the end. But despite all I have said about the Mathurin having a bad personality I loved the book in most areas. I loved the time period it was set in, and like all Louis Lamour books it was fictional, but realistic. Although it was strange that pirates, bandits, and murderers were somwhat glorified in the book. And that Mathurin believed he could see the future. All in all it is one of my favorite books in my collection. Although the series wasnt complete it ended in a way that makes that okay. At least in my opinion, for the sake of not spoiling the story you will just have to read it yourself!
Bealsey More than 1 year ago
Loius L'Amour is a master storyteller and The Walking Drum is one of his best books.
Sam Titus More than 1 year ago
Different than louis usual work but his excellent story telling skills show through
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fourteen year old girl and this was my first Louis L'amour book. I read it over the fourth of July weekend and realy enjoyed it. The story was great and verry well written, you really get into the characters. Not only did I love the story but there was a lot of history in it too, I learned more about the time period from this book than you could probably lean anywhere else. An exelent book for all teens and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of his best novels. The research that he does makes the story almost come alive. He was truly one of the best writers ever, and the greatest storyteller of the modern age
DragonFreak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the times of the Dark Ages, a man named Kerbouchard travels from his Druid land in search for his long lost father, presumably dead.Soon, Kerbouchard realizes that his quest is a most dangerous one. He makes counltess friends, but several deadly enemies and meets women of all kinds. He becomes many things including a scholar and a merchant. But what lies ahead will push him to the limits in this epic tale from Louis L'Amour.
Literate.Ninja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although (or maybe because) I grew up in the west, I have never been a great fan of L'Amour. So when my grandfather gave me this book, I was a little skeptical, even though he and I usually have similar tastes. But as I started to read it, I found that I really enjoyed it. The setting was 12th century Europe/Central Asia rather than 19th century America, and the characters were engaging. I couldn't wait to see what the the protagonist, Mathurin Kerbouchard, did next. That said, some of the scholarship was a tad wonky. You could tell that Mr. L'Amour had done research, but he'd done it out of outdated books. And Mathurin comes off as a bit unbelievable... Sort of a medieval James Bond. He travels from one end of the known world to the other, he defeats all challengers, romances all ladies, is a born leader, natural scholar, brilliant orator, etc, etc... after a while you start hoping he'll fail at something, just to see if he CAN. Still, I like the book quite a lot, and every so often I get the urge to re-read it, which is a good sign. Recommended for armchair historians, L'Amour fans, and people who like engaging narratives about super-humans. ^_~
PatBrooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the finest books I've ever read! Adventure in 12th century Europe with plenty of educational facts thrown in and an epic story with a larger-than-life hero. I've read it at least 6 times and will read it many more times before I die. You genuinely feel the story. A must for your go-to reading list.
nathanm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a Louis L'Amour fan and medieval history buff, this novel disappointed me. I love reading his westerns, and his mysteries are just as good. Going into them, I know they're going to be formulaic, cliched, with predictable characters. But they're a great escape from my academic reading.It's obvious he did a lot of research and reading for the novel, and he clearly must've visited most of the locations where the story takes place. However, many of the facts in the book are based on outdated scholarship, even during the time he wrote it. I don't blame him for not being able to keep abreast of new developments in Crusade and medieval history. Many current college textbooks have the same problem.The protagonist is simply too great for one human being. Not only is he a matchless warrior and a scholar, everybody can't help but be impressed by him¿especially the ladies. His athletic ability, skill with weapons, ease of learning languages, good looks, and yes, Druid-trained photographic memory, allow him to go from rags to riches¿several times. In situation after situation, he somehow loses everything, only to slowly rise up again to hobnob with the rich and powerful.One of the most annoying aspects of this book is the constant, often pretentious, name-dropping of ancient and medieval writers. He describes several well-known and less popular works, but many times, he does no more than list their titles. The only saving grace of this novel is L'Amour's masterful storytelling ability. For all its flaws, it was still a fun read.
mashcan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a western, it's about medieval middle east. Ali Baba and the forty thieves kind of thing. Interesting. L'Amour did his research. Also filled with more idiotic testosterone than one book should be able to hold.
lorenelambert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I've read it at least 10 times. One of the best main characters in historical fiction.
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Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved learning such unknown history while enjoying a great adventure story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth the read!!
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
The story structure is a roller coaster - after Mathurin Kerbouchard's mother is killed, he begins the quest to find his father who is rumored to have been captured or killed in battle. Sounds easy but it ain't - his inquisitiveness sets him up against multiple foes that enable him to rescue several pretty ladies, all of whom help him reach his goal of finding out what happened to his dad. The writing style is reminiscent of the 60s and 70s (lack of punctuation, missing the word that, etc), with a strong masculine flavor. Historical information packs this novel but the story doesn't always seam up with it well; the information sometimes feels out of place and, at times, lengthy (though L'Amour fails to challenge Tolkien's lengthy descriptions). Would have been interesting to see L'Amour tackle this time period in a nonfiction piece.
Royzee More than 1 year ago
This is the most boring Lois L'Amour book I have ever read. He describes in detail every book mentioned to be copied/translated or whatever. Sort of like reading the phone book.
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