Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger

Large Print - 2014
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"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. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Description: 625 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781410467768
1410467767
Branch Call Number: LP Burk
Additional Contributors: Burke, James Lee 1936-

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donnawm
May 13, 2016

I have read many, many Burke books and this is the only one I haven't enjoyed. I need to find a character that I like in a book, and that was missing for me here. I didn't finish it....

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dbarry111
Aug 26, 2015

Thus is my first read of Burke and I'm impressed. While the story felt meandering at times, the central character and his inner thoughts are compelling and help drive the plot forward. Look forward to reading other work by him.

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jonathan4300
Jul 27, 2015

This story left an effect on me, a story you will find hard to put down.

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JackPurcell
Mar 21, 2015

Burke has written a lot of readable books over the years, most of which don't have the scope or breadth of this one. I enjoyed it, read all the way through it, and respect the job he did with it. But I don't want to give it a standing ovation, just the standard, routine applause worthy of a nice read I don't regret spending the time reading.

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backstage1
Oct 14, 2014

I was barely able to put this novel down.
The characters were truly alive and traces of DNA from Heaven's Prisoners, The Carpetbaggers and Forrest Gump seem to course through their veins for better or worse. A life adventure with smackings of history and a mostly plausible plot make for a very absorbing read. Burke is a poet who can disguise is work as flowing prose.
One of the best I have read in a long time and possibly James Lee Burke's finest.

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candle
Oct 04, 2014

As many readers also do, I rate a book by the time I'm able to abstain from other duties to read it. Mr. Burke has always kept me reading . Despite a few minor flaws, this book has my highest admiration. He teaches us while entertaining us.

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Dalana
Sep 29, 2014

Too dark. Only read 50 pages

travers Aug 30, 2014

Great read. Mr Burke is always a joy to read

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Tentacle
Aug 18, 2014

Brilliantly written book shame about the ending. Also look out for a couple of mistakes that surely should have been picked up before publication.

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jazpur
Aug 17, 2014

James Lee Burke just gets better.

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