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The author of the book: Louis L'Amour
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Edition: Bantam
Date of issue: May 1st 1985
ISBN: 0553280406
ISBN 13: 9780553280401
Language: English

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In the mostly pagan, seafaring region of Brittany, a young Celtic man, Mathurin Kerbouchard, just a teenager, really, comes back home from a long, successful, dangerous fishing trip, off the cold waters of Iceland, the voyage was good, but he finds the family's ancestral house burnt to the ground, his brave mother, a Druid, savagely murdered, loyal servants butchered, animals and goods scattered to the wind, by the local robber baron,Tournemine, more bandit, than royal, who took advantage of Mathurin's father's absence, and reported death, Jean, a famous corsair, ( a polite name for pirate) the baron's bones shook, at his enemy's mere name , spoken, welcome to the late 12th century...The cub, as the baron's men, disparagingly call him, vows revenge, but first he must survive when a big marauder, coming back to get more loot, if any , and sees the boy pulling out a bag from the inside of a well, gold coins soon discovered, they struggle and luck remains with Mathurin, escaping from the merciless killer , to the beach close by, yet good fortune does not last, a band of lowly pirates steals his money there, and makes him a galley slave...The captain of the boat, Walther, an ignorant, fat, duplicitous, bloodthirsty, brute , knows little of navigating a ship, and still the Celtic boy, saves the raiders, after promises of better treatment, Kerbouchard, is made the pilot, by directing them during a sea storm, high waves and sprays on the deck, dark clouds above, rain falling down, frightening the untrained crew, not able sailors, indeed, back to the Spanish coast. Nevertheless the spoils of piracy are profitable, attacking unarmed, small merchant boats...An Arab princess from a prize vessel seized in the Mediterranean Sea, that the pirates want her, to be dispose quickly overboard, Mathurin helps rescue, from an inglorious end, think of the ransom he tells the greedy pirates, (besides Aziza, is too pretty and young) much more money, than the goods from the captured ship...Finally the bright boy, and fine pilot, still a pagan, future warrior and scholar, tricks the buccaneers into sailing to the port of Cadiz, in Moorish Spain, one of the gateways to the intellectual capital of the world, in 1176, exciting, captivating, boisterous, and prosperous Cordoba, they have many books, unlike Christian Europe, scholars are very much appreciated there. The city is full of libraries and coffee houses, the people inside, have every kind of discussion, freely, and stimulating thoughts, pervade. Kerbouchard, the seeker of knowledge, flees from his illiterate captors, studies with other students and scholars, learns , Latin, Greek, Arabic, Persian, in the city of Cordoba, becomes a translator of books, he falls in love with various, beautiful women, fights villains with his sharp sword, makes good friends and bad enemies, the years go by, but rumors spread, that his father is still alive, a slave in a valley of assassins in Persia, dominated by a mystifying tower, overlooking the rugged, mountainous land, the boy now a man must save him, it is his duty, Jean Kerbouchard ... but how ? He joins a large, well armed caravan of merchants, with a walking drum, constantly being beaten, on the vast steppes, full of unfriendly, fierce tribes, going east. An adventure that never lets the interest, wane, if you want to become better acquainted, with this virtually unknown era, the politics , customs, people, buildings, books they read, vicious rulers, in charge, this is the book for you, not exactly literature, but a fresh breeze from a stuffy, academic study.

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Ebook The Walking Drum read Online! 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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