The Wonder Of The Wanderer

by Timothy Lusch

Learning On The Trail Of Life

Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour

The guy that wrote all those Westerns? Yep. That one. L’Amour wrote 105 books, mostly Westerns and adventure stories. Westerns, like other genre writing, aren’t for everyone. But if there is one book by Louis L’Amour that everyone should read, it is Education of a Wandering Man. In it, L’Amour writes about his own life adventures. He was a merchant seaman, Army officer, boxer, and mine worker. He traveled all over the world, often with little money, and keenly observed how other people lived. But what is most important about his life, and about this book, is how Louis L’Amour educated himself. He read. He never stopped reading. Wherever he went, whatever he did, he read. Once, he sought out a job as the caretaker of an old mine just so he had time to read. L’Amour had little patience for those who say they have no time to read. It is an excuse. L’Amour didn’t need a graduate degree to be a highly educated man. He certainly didn’t need one to be a writer. He achieved both because he walked in wonder at all of life and he never stopped reading.

“I have read my books by many lights, hoarding their beauty, their wit or wisdom against the dark days when I would have no book, nor a place to read. I have known hunger of the belly kind many times over, but I have known a worse hunger: the need to know and to learn.”