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Reilly's Luck: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1985

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised ed. edition (May 1 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553253050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553253054
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #354,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Val Darrant was four years old. It was a cold, snowy night as he was hustled away on a buckboards to be abandoned. But he did not die; he met Will Reilly. A gentleman, a gambler, and the best rifle shot in the West. Reilly was a man who knew the odds and played them. But what were the odds on taking in a frightened young boy?

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Val Darrant was four years old. It was a cold, snowy night as he was hustled away on a buckboards to be abandoned. But he did not die; he met Will Reilly. A gentleman, a gambler, and the best rifle shot in the West. Reilly was a man who knew the odds and played them. But what were the odds on taking in a frightened young boy?

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Yes, these were the words that I uttered as I put down this hunk of trash after having wasted my time trying to read it.
First you are expected to sit still for a four year old boy becoming an expert card dealer; then you are expected to sit still for an eight year old boy reading Faust. In between there is a lot of filler to do with an indian raid that goes sour, a scene in which Reilly pins an antagonist's hand to a table with a knife and then reads Tennyson's Ulysses to him. This is not to torture the man, you understand, but to better him. This Reilly ought to have his pretentious head blown clean off. THEN you are supposed to sit still for Reilly and his adopted son touring europe, where Reilly keeps himself in shape by "fencing, shooting, wrestling, etc." I suppose this is historically accurate, since this would be some nineteenth century type's backward idea of how to stay in shape. You know, like "I warn you, my good man, I am in perfect physical condition. I play badminton every sunday." But the reader is supposed to think that fencing and shooting are actually ways to stay in shape. Forget going to the gym and lifting weights, just have at those clay pidgeons for a while. The pounds will just melt away!
But seriously folks, this is one of those books Louis L'Amour banged out while high on model glue. To be avoided.
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This story is titled for the secondary character. It is a little unusual for Louis L'Amour to give the title to someone other than the main character, but it works really well in this book. The real character is a young boy who was born into a terrible situation. Things looked hopeless for him when he was abandoned by his cold and heartless mother. Good fortune smiled upon him when he found his new care taker to be a gambling man with savvy and character. Will Reilly raised him right and taught him the secrets he would need to be a successful man. After a terrible killing, Val finds himself wanting revenge. Slowly and surely it will come in it's own time. When it does, it finds that a hopeless boy has grown into a good man who is well capable of settling all of the issues at hand. Facing a cold hearted mother after all those years would be enough to upset anyone, but you'll have to read the book to find out how he handles it.
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Interesting story with different western characters from your normal western novel, L'amour's Reilly's Luck is a fun read. The internal struggles of Val Darrant's trials strengthen the twisting plots. Loved the reading Tennyson to those who don't appreciate poetry portion. Some closure was definitely needed for his mother though. That part of the story was just left up in the air. A fast read.
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First book i have read from mr l'amour and i couldnt stop reading it. iam hooked to his style of writing, great story about a young boy who is taken in by will oreilly. he is taught everything about life and more. many lessons to be learned in this book mr lamour has an interesting way of teaching his reader the important things in life. enjoy the book you wont be disappointed.
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I actually avoided reading this book for quite a while because I didn't like the name! But as it turned out later the book is easily one of L'amour's best westerns. It is one of those rare books which has a fine balance of adventure, action, romance and sentiment. Very, very enjoyable read!
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