Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger

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Wayfaring Stranger begins in West Texas in 1934. At age sixteen, Weldon Holland encounters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker traveling with their accomplices after having just pulled off one of their notorious armed robberies. Weldon is smitten by Bonnie, but because of Clyde and Bonnie's duplicity and the disrespect they show his grandfather, Weldon ends up putting a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile. The story then jumps to 1944 and the Ardennes Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, where Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland saves his sergeant, Hershel Pine, from death by suffocation when he is buried alive in his foxhole under the treads of a Waffen SS Tiger tank. Weldon and Hershel survive the executions of the wounded by the SS and escape on a freight train deep into Nazi Germany. There, they stumble into an extermination camp deserted by the SS, and discover among the stacked bodies a young woman named Rosita Lowenstein, who is not only a remarkable woman but a relative of Rosa Luxemburg (known as "Red Rosa," whose mother's name was Lowenstein). Eventually, Weldon will make her his bride, and the three friends will return to Texas to seek their fortunes. But when Weldon, Hershel, and Rosita form a pipeline corporation, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart--one of the wealthiest men in Texas and a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific--and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare.
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IV27HUjg
Mar 16, 2015

Huge fan of Will Patton, excellent reader. Just can't get on board as a Burke fan despite several attempts.

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tinkymac
Mar 03, 2015

Terrific, gritty James Lee Burke at his best. Some passages are so well written they read like music.

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Localhostess
Dec 06, 2014

WHEW! I just finished this exciting yet massive story, and recommend it very highly. I loved the whole thing, but let me tell you, Will Patton just *shines* reading it. He infuses every chapter with depth-of-character. He does a wonderful job distinguishing the many voices. He's just a peach. RECOMMENDED.

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maipenrai
Aug 25, 2014

**** stars. In 1934, sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends with Weldon firing a gun and being unsure whether it hit its mark.
Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland barely survives the Battle of the Bulge, in the process saving the lives of his sergeant, Hershel Pine, and a young Spanish prisoner of war, Rosita Lowenstein,a woman who holds the same romantic power over him as the strawberry blonde Bonnie Parker, and is equally mysterious. The three return to Texas where Weldon and Hershel get in on the ground floor of the new oil business.
In just a few years Weldon will spar with the jackals of the industry, rub shoulders with dangerous men, and win and lose fortunes twice over. But it is the prospect of losing his one true love that will spur his most reckless, courageous act yet, one that takes its inspiration from that encounter long ago with the outlaws of his youth.
A tender love story and pulse-pounding thriller that crosses continents and decades of American history, Wayfaring Stranger is a sprawling historical epic full of courage and loyalty and optimism and good-heartedness that reads like an ode to the American Dream. **** I have been in love with the novels and characters ( especially Dave Robicheaux ) of James Lee Burke for 27 years. His novels hold a special kind of love and loyalty between men and women and men and their friends. Mr. Burke's characters will change from hard-boiled detectives into believers in the mysticism of history's ability to create awe in such forms as the sounds of a Civil War Army. I am amazed at the ability of this author to show love and honor that are deep and endless and turn around and create a character like Dave's friend Cletus who is an out-of-control, hard-drinking, wisea** who still always has his back. I have never been disappointed by his mysteries or novels. I believe he has grown in integrity and writing over the years as an author and a man. How can you not love a man who says: ?It has been my experience that most human stories are circular rather than linear. Regardless of the path we choose, we somehow end up where we commenced - in part, I suspect, because the child who lives in us goes along for the ride.? ?writing is like being in love. You never get better at it or learn more about it. The day you think you do is the day you lose it. Robert Frost called his work a lover's quarrel with the world. It's ongoing. It has neither a beginning nor an end. You don't have to worry about learning things. The fire of one's art burns all the impurities from the vessel that contains it.?

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