I’ve decided to start doing posts based on what I’m reading. These won’t be reviews of the work, but just a general description about what the book is about. I will attempt to highlight certain interesting details or unique features of a book. The hope is for others to maybe read something that they find intriguing and then go ahead and discover a book that they may not have found otherwise.
So here we go with our first book by the great Louis L’Amour, originally published in 1958, Radigan.
Set in Northern New Mexico in the 1870s, this story follows Tom Radigan, a man who owns an expansive, yet remote patch of land where he runs cattle.
A woman named Angelina Foley makes a claim to his land, saying they have an old title, but Radigan doesn’t believe it, and knows too well that it’s some phony business.
There’s some different elements in the setting here. Winter and snowstorms in the elevated regions put characters in some troubling survival situations. It takes the toughest of men and women to survive.
Radigan is a stubborn man who doesn’t waiver throughout this story. It’s interesting how he is depicted as a man quite sure of himself, almost somewhat cocky at times, especially when dealing with his enemies. He’s perhaps a little unreasonable when he knows he’s right.
There’s quite unpredictable developments in this story. It’s not as straightforward as just a man protecting his land. Those are always stories I enjoy, but this one takes some different turns in the later half.
Radigan’s opposition being a woman certainly changes the typical Western dynamic too. Because of this, the resolution can’t be settled with a simple duel in the street. Or can it?