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  1. says:

    I've been bamboozled Duped Hoodwinked Fraudulated Deceived I've fallen victim to tomfoolery Shenanigans Monkeyshines Nefarious antics What's that? Yes I do own a thesaurus Why do you ask?This tricky man Zane Grey fooled me into reading a book of the genre I swore I never would read the official genre of grocery stores and bargain racks everywhere capital R RomanceIt all began innocently enough For one thing this Riders of the Purple Sage is published by Modern Library It has been heralded as a foundation of the Western genre Its opening pages depict a woman being harassed by her Mormon patriarchs for cavorting with Gentiles Things look like they could get messy Then on the crest of a hill silhouetted against the setting sun appears the image of a man and his horse always disturbing for the bad guys and hopeful for the good guys This is Lassiter a gunslinger of the highest order and he's here to chew gum and shoot bad guys in the buttocks And he's nearly out of gum He's only got like two sticks of Juicy Fruit leftThis is not only a great start to a Western It is the start to a Western But what does Lassiter do? Does he shoot bad guys in the buttocks? No Does he shoot them in the head? No Does he shoot them in the penis? No For a gunslinger there is a distinct lack of shooting people in Lassiter's lifeWhat Lassiter does instead is fall in love And so does everyone else in the book That would be okay if Zane Grey did it in one of two ways 1 He could throw in some shooting Buttocks heads penises whatever Just give me some shooting 2 Or he could write really great prose that makes me have feelings for his characters and tricks me into thinking they are real peopleInstead Grey gives the reader scenes like this No did he listen to the rush and roar of the thunderstorm For with the touch of clinging hands and the throbbing bosom he grew conscious of an inward storm—the tingling of new chords of thought strange music of unheard joyous bells sad dreams dawning to wakeful delight dissolving doubt resurging hope force fire and freedom unutterable sweetness of desire A storm in his breast—a storm of real love That's the way characters in this book fall in love There are plenty of heaving bosoms but no real emotionsThus I propose a makeover for this book Following are a couple proposed cover designsIf those covers look good to you you will like this book Also there is something wrong with you


  2. says:

    SummarySage sage sage sage sage sage Mormon sage Purple sage sage sage and Gentiles sage sage sage sage and sage Sage Sage sage sage sage riders sage sage Sage sage if sage sage thunder Sage sage sage; sage sage sage sage Mormons sage sage sage sage sage sage shot sage sage sage sage And sage sageThere were some other words and stuff but really this book is about sage Mormons Gentiles and some other things are mentioned but the focus is on the sage The color of the sage the things in the sage the way the sage looks the way the sage feels the sage the sage the sage I took to counting the amounts of times the word 'sage' was used 237 This isn't a big book Do the math That's a lot of freaking uses of the word 'sage' Sometimes Grey would get clever and hyphenate words sage slope sage bordered sage riders sage brush but that doesn't trick me It still tastes the same no matter how you cook it Clearly the words 'plant' and 'shrub' were considered too dull for use in this storyDid you know the sage was purple? It was ALL PURPLE There was a lot of purple sage There's no other way to describe such a sightAll of this aside the story actually isn't so bad It's hard to muddle through some of the especially purple prose for lack of a better phrase like sage prose can only be purple but I was surprised that there's an actual story here An interesting one at that Wikipedia calls the story complex and I can't say I disagree I don't know Westerns very well I watched a lot of reruns of The Lone Ranger when I was a kid and harbored a weird kid sized crush on Clayton Moore as a result but that was pretty much it I don't like John Wayne Since we weren't allowed to play games as children that might have been remotely violent the concept of playing Cowboys and Indians was probably out of the picture As I got older the idea of reading a Western never appealed much to me and as an adult working in a bookstore I realized that those Longarm books by Tabor Evans are the male euivalent of Harleuin romances read by so many women Hel lo LONGARM that's dirtyAnd Louis L'Amour? SnoozeMy point here is that I have always expected Westerns to be sort of formulaic And boring Lots of guns and dust and prejudiced comments about women and their place in the worldBut then once upon a time about nine years ago I took a Greyhound bus from Pittsburgh to Memphis to visit my parents for Thanksgiving And on the way there or maybe the way back I looked up from whatever book I was reading at the time I know it wasn't a Western to find we were stopped in downtown Zanesville Ohio ZANESVILLE WhutThere wasn't much to Zanesville that I could see and I don't think than one person actually got on the bus at that point he might have been the sole person living in Zanesville for all I knew But here's the thing I decided after that trip and stopping for 5 10 minutes in the town where Zane Grey was born One day I would read a novel by Zane GreyOf course the minute I got home I put the thought out of my head because there were prettier shinier books that should be read Then a couple years ago I found this book in the clearance section and realized I had no excuses It had to be read So I bought it And then promptly forgot about it Because that's how I rollWhat matters is that I read it now I made good on my promise to Zane Grey and the entire town of Zanesville population 25K I always sort of thought this was his first novel but it turns out he wrote at least nine books before this one that this one happens to be his best knownDespite everything above I honestly did not hate this book It was actually a little exciting in parts in the same way I found The Lone Ranger exciting as a kid watching it on TV but I was so horribly distracted by the amount of repetition included I assume this is because Grey himself wasn't actually a writer to begin with according to my copy's introduction he was a dentist first only beginning to write at the prompting of his wifeI am interested to see how his writing in some of his other books stack up This particular book ended so suddenly another annoyance that I probably need to at least read the seuel The Rainbow Trail I'm not a huge fan of cliff hangers and this book has one And I'm dying to know if The Rainbow Trail has as much freaking sage or if Grey moves on to new words Like 'trail'


  3. says:

    Reading Zane Grey’s 1912 Riders of the Purple Sage is a little bit disconcertingExpecting a western and it is I also got an illustration of religious intolerance and prejudice Set in Utah in the 1870s the local political and economic powers that be are Mormon and everyone else is not Mormon Throwing around some big fish in a little pond clout the local uber Mormons make trouble for our damsel in distress and the archetypal clad in black loner gunman Told a little differently and this is a sensitive and revealing character study of group dynamics with organized religion as a change agent Told as it is and it devolves into a melodramatic soap opera I am reminded of Mark Twain’s funny descriptions of Brigham Young’s household shenanigans in Roughing ItAnd that leads to the second observation Akin to John Ford’s 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring John Wayne and James Stewart Riders of the Purple Sage is that most rare of westerns and inexplicably a chamber western Most of the action either takes place inside or in an isolated scene easily composed on a stage Much of the conflict is the relationships between characters It is a romanceAnd in a sense are not many adventure stories romantic? Change the names and settings and this could be a Japanese samurai story Change it some and it could be a story from the middle ages or a Byronic fugue set in Greece Or even a space opera set on some distant planetAnd further in relation to science fiction fantasy romances the language used and sentence structure were reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs which is somewhat understandable sense both Burroughs and Grey were writing in the early 1900s


  4. says:

    There are hundreds of novels written in the genre of American Westerns most of them written in the first half of the 20th century Riders of the Purple Sage may be the best of the group Many people will consider it dated and sterotypical but Zane Grey was a good writer and he captures with his words the stark beauty of the land and the essence of life in this ever changing landscape It's worth reading from the historical aspect and it has a romantic touch as wellReview revised Nov 2017


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    Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage is probably one of the most famous westerns ever written but despite its popularity since it was first published in 1912 the book may not hold as significant a place in the Canon of the American West for the simple reason that until 2005 many people had never actually read the book that Grey wroteWhen it was first published as a serial in Field Stream magazine the editors had trimmed much of the original manuscript When it was ultimately re published in book form much of the trimmed material never made it back Not only that but much of the book was actually re written by the publisher ostensibly to be palatable and inoffensive to gentle readers One could argue that the editors and publishers were simply improving upon Grey's tendency for purple prose and many people did apparently but essentially what it boiled down to was censorship a topic which is foremost on most people's minds here on Goodreads Thankfully Jon Tuska with the help of the Ohio State Historical Society in 2005 published a simple paperback version that restored as fully as possible the original uncut version of Grey's western masterpiece Much of the cut material had to do with Grey's criticisms of Mormonism and organized religion in general Never having read the bowdlerized version prior to this I can't make a comparison I have no idea what was added or changed in this restored version I don't think it matters though What matters is that the book that Grey wrote is what readers are reading with this edition and that's the most important partGrey was an incredibly prolific writer even if he wasn't a notably excellent one He wrote for pulps early in his career so most of what he wrote was paid for by the word He wasn't writing for awards He was writing to put bread on his tableYet there is something beautiful and dynamic in his writing His joy and love for the American West and unsullied Nature is evident in his descriptions of the wide open prairies and deserts and canyons of the Wild West His books are populated by dynamic lovable characters who live and love in the moment I daresay that Grey was the western's euivalent of Charles DickensROTPS has a carefully crafted convoluted plot of which Dickens would be jealous Jane Withersteen a proud Mormon woman is left the only heir to a vast plot of valuable land and a large herd of cattle a plot of land that Elder Tull the vicious leader of the Mormon church covets He also wouldn't mind seeing Jane added to his group of wives The man she loves the ranch hand Venters has been captured and sentenced to death on clearly trumped up charges by Tull's men but before the dastardly execution happens a lone figure on horseback rides into town It's Lassiter The notorious gunslinger and killer of men saves Venters inexplicably and returns him to Jane They are grateful but confused Lassiter wants to know where a certain grave of a young girl is Jane knows who he is talking about but she can't figure out for the life of her what Lassiter would want with the information She keeps it to herself Lassiter stays on to help Venters following the trail of a masked horse thief follows the rider into a secluded oasis in the desert a place he calls Surprise Valley After a gunfight he unmasks the masked villain only to find that it is woman the most beautiful creature he has ever laid eyes on He nurses her to health and tries to discover the secret of her identity It's no secret though that she has fallen in love with him And despite his love for Jane he has begun to have feelings for this girl who calls herself Bess Lassiter in the meantime has thoughts of settling down and those thought generally tend to involve JaneThis is such a ridiculous soap opera romantic story and yet it is incredible and I loved every darned bit of it Supposedly Grey wrote a seuel to this book and I reckon that I will search through hell and high water to find the darned thing


  6. says:

    Set in 1871 published in 1912 This story is far than a western adventure although it is surely that There are deep and tender relationships among the characters including impressive and moving portrayals of the two women who are central to the story There are also many matchless descriptions of the magnificent western landscape But what is most powerful is the scathing denunciation of the vicious Mormon practices of control exercised against anyone who stands up against the leadership particularly a woman If these descriptions are true and I have no reason to believe they are not it is a truly disgusting portrait How long did it take the Mormons to grow past that history or do remnants still persist? I am struck that the description of the Mormons in 1871 is like that of other controlling religions and cults in the past and today


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    This isn't really a review because the only thing I remember about this book is that I read it over fifty years ago Probably ought to read it again I'm sure it would be fun Better yet ? I now have two other books by Grey The Desert of Wheat and Western Union I picked them up a couple months ago when I visited The Country Bookshop in Plainfield Vermont just to see the place where a dear friend of mine now passed away had worked for many years The books were in a large bookcase outside the shop on a covered porch labelled Free Really Free It would be interesting to see what I would feel about Grey's writing style now that I've spent five decades reading scores of many accomplished and literary authorsPerhaps it wouldn't stand up to that five star vague recollection Previous review A Firing OffenseNext review Ghosts of BelfastMore recent review Previous library review New Hampshire Robert FrostNext library review It Can't Happen Here Sinclair Lewis


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    Reading a classic Western novel was a to do on my book bucket list I'm not sure why because I've never had a high opinion of TV or movie westerns After finishing Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey I can scratch classic Western off my list and add another 4 star book to the read columnOh yeah there is some cheesy over dramatic scenes in this book particularly at the end There is the courageous too good to be true heroine several men who want her beautiful sunsets and numerous mentions of the beautiful purple sage but somehow I wouldn't change an inch of type Perhaps its because I listened to the audiobook with a narrator who sounded like he could have lived back then or perhaps its just because this book was everything I thought a Western should be I don't know but I liked it Will I start reading Westerns? No I don't want to press my luck and ruin my good memories of this one40 stars


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    Lassiter is a very angry manHis sister and only living relative disappears from her home in Texas The only person he loves in the world Kidnapped?Who knowsbut the brother will search as long as it takes to find herSimilar to The Searchers film After years on the long weary road the gunman discovers the sister in an unmarked lonely grave in southern UtahThe former cowboy seaks revenge he has killed before he will againComplications occur when he meets Jane Withersteen a rich landowner he begins to stop hatingLassiter reputation scares the areas small townIt's controlled by a religious sect that doesn't like nonmembers The townsmen keep trying to kill him but he's hard to eliminateJane hires Lassiter to prevent her cattle and prize horses from being stolenDid I mention all the vegetation is purple in the territoryPurple here purple there purple everywhereThe inevitable showdown happenswith an uniue endingIs it paradise or death for the couple?


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    Unbelievably painfully sappy and over the top melodramatic some of which I hope was deliberate I've never known a male to write such slushy romance The characters are exaggerated to perfection as if there were a checklist to include every stereotype suitable for the Western genre His men are all men's men and his women are perfectly docile beautiful emotional idiots Though Grey is thorough in his scathingly hate filled portrayal of the LDS he apparently didn't have sufficient time or energy to research anything besides the title bishop Happily for him the release date coincided with an America eager to embrace a cultish description of Mormonism Even if Grey's portrayal were anywhere near accurate it is almost impossible to stomach his step by step description of budding romance written in such a primitive style it seems as though he's trying to explain it to a 10 yr old He does write some fantastically gripping racingchasing horse scenes and if he'd not drug the romance on and on I thought the plot was pretty fun too if predictable


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Riders of the Purple Sage

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Ud young heroine who's determined to defend her Utah ranch She stands alone against the villains who rustle and stampede her cattle until a stranger rides into the territory Notorious as the scourge of Mormon transgress. Set in 1871 p Magicalamity p

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Ors the stranger stays on to assist in the inevitable showdown and romance blooms amid the canyons and cottonwoods A classic of American frontier fiction Riders of the Purple Sage teems with color authenticity and thrills. Lassiter is a