Always worth remembering I think that Laung Por Chah did not write books, and he was ambivilent at best about books. What is available are transcriptions of talks and conversations delivered extempore. and that to extrapolate a fixed view on any given subject is problematic. They were time. place, and person, specific.
Yes, that is very true. Sometimes I read his talks and they are so inspiring because of how much effort he talks about putting into the practice, but then I realize that it's pretty much impossible to do as a layperson. Still though, I can't help but marvel at his teachings, I rank them as among the finest talks I've ever read or heard, they're so straight to the point and simple and yet very deep, and I always delight when I hear one of his students tell a story about him, because they always show his great wisdom. On the topic of his attitude towards books, an interesting story I heard from one of Ajahn Viradhammo's talks was that Ajahn Chah told him to not read a book for five years! I get the impression that Ajahn Chah was not so much against books but that he felt westerners in particular depended too much on intellectual understanding and not enough upon the practice, or "reading their minds", as Ajahn Chah would say.
"The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice." - Ajahn Chah