“I am Johannes Verne and I am not afraid.” For Johannes, in The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour, life has started off differently than other kids. He grew up never knowing kids his own age and only participating in conversations with adults, mostly with his mother and father. By the time he was eight, Johannes was already thinking and conversing on the level of adults. Because his mother had passed away and his father was dying, they joined an emergency wagon train west, hoping to arrive in California in time for Johannes to meet his grandfather. Unfortunately, his grandfather still carried hard feelings towards his father. Johannes and his father stopped in the desert outside of California and started a life where the dry air could help his father live a little longer than the moist eastern air. Johannes and his father were soon tracked by the grandfather and by some miracle Johannes survived in the vast desert. He was protected by his new found Indian friends and by the people who rode west with him. Johannes joins Miss Nesselrode and she taught him many things about business. He continued to learn and soon fell in love with a girl named Meghan. Life continued to be extremely difficult and Johannes realized he had made many enemies by just existing. Will Johannes ever be truly free to do as he chooses or will he forever need to be watching his back from those that wish him harm?
I really loved this book by Louis L’Amour. It had tons of action to keep me interested along with the subtle love story within the plot. This novel in particular made me stop and think a lot about different aspects of the wilderness and how things and people have gone on before. I loved the main character Johannes and really enjoyed how the author managed to develop such a strong character through out the course of the novel. Johannes was full of integrity, intelligence, and initiative. He didn’t sit back and wait for things to happen- he met them head on, knowing what had to be done. I also loved the descriptions of the desert: Louis L’Amour managed to transform something generally thought of as ugly into a thing of true beauty and wonder. The novel really had an amazing plot and some very good morals.
Title: The Lonesome Gods
Author: Louis L’Amour
Format: Paperback, ebook, audio
Page Nos.: 560
Release Date: 1983