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Riders of the Purple Sage
Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel | Zane Grey
9 posts | 22 read | 7 to read
When Lassiter, a gunman with a reputation, rode into the Mormon village he found an angry mob. The object of their anger was the richest woman in town, who was unwilling to give up control of her spring water.
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terryduncan5719
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I read this book because of my book club. Thank goodness for book clubs! It is definitely dated. It takes place in 1915ish. Zane Grey books were made into TV shows and influenced movies and television long after his death. The author was excellent at describing Utah. The character development was a little over the top for me. Some of the relationship descriptions were a little confusing, but as I kept reading I figured it out!

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TheKidUpstairs
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#OnThisDay in 1872, American Western author (and dentist) Zane Grey was born in Zanesville (named after founder Ebenezer Zane). Isn't that zany? (Sorry, I had to) A major influence in shaping the mythology of the Old West, Grey wrote more than 90 books which were adapted into 112 films, and became one of the first millionaire authors. #HistoryGetsLIT

wanderinglynn That‘s so interesting. 7mo
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Johnanthonymiller
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I know these old Westerns seem corny by today's standards, but what a wonderful, wholesome story with vivid descriptions and plenty of twists and turns. Not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

Ruthiella My mom used to read his books. I have a Louis Lamour book on my TBR. Other than Lonesome Dove, I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a western. 1y
Johnanthonymiller @Ruthiella I read some Louis Lamour years ago, but this is the first western I've read in a long time. I actually bought a bunch of original Zane Grey on Ebay - the dust jackets are beautiful - and this is the first one I read. 14mo
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eris404
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Book 7. I was dubious about my 1st western. Written in 1912, I expected casual racism but was surprised by deep anti-Mormonism. The elders are kidnappers, murderers, & implied rapists. The protagonist, Jane, a wealthy rancher, is pressured by the elders into marriage to punish her willfulness. Jane loves her church, but also wants to do what‘s right, whether helping poor Gentiles or keeping her freedom. It‘s both hilariously bad & lovely in spots

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RJHowe
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This book was published in 1912 and is considered the start of the traditional western model. As I read I was surprised to discover the plot was built around two love stories and the historical Morman-gentile conflict. It has its fair share of overwriting, exaggerated dialogue and sexism, but it remains an interesting period price. The twist at the end was quite clever.

Bookwomble My Penguin edition had an excellent introduction which provide context for the themes of white slavery and distrust of Mormonism. Incidentally, it helped me to better understand the Conan Doyle's Holmes novels, A Study in Scarlet andThe Valley of Fear, which, I think, between them treat similar themes as Grey. It you've seen the film, Valley of thee Gwanji, I thought its premise of the lost valley similar to the ending of Purple Sage. 4y
Tonton I remember reading this a real long time ago; the title stayed with me though。must reread! 4y
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JulAnna
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I hope everyone enjoys Father‘s Day with their Dad this weekend! My Dad loved to read and always had a book ‘in progress‘. He enjoyed military fiction, history, and westerns. Pictured is a small part of his Zane Grey collection, with the tagged book in the middle. Miss you, Dad 💕

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Suelizbeth
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I don't have enough to read *hysterical laughter*. Curse you, Serial Reads.

Rachellynnwright Agreed! My physical books are collecting dust thanks to serial reader! 5y
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SerialReader
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Often called one of the most popular Western novels of all time and even the work that most shaped the genre. Jane Withersteen - alongside gunslinger avenger Lassiter - struggles against evil members of her Utah town.

This is the first of hopefully many Westerns I add to Serial Reader. I need recommendations for more!

SerialReader @LeahBergen Thanks! Added The Virginian. Don't have the rights to distribute The Ox-Bow Incident unfortunately. 6y
ValerieAndBooks My grandma was a big Zane Grey fan and had a lot of his books. I never tried reading any of them, though! 6y
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JordanGraft
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What's a girl gotta do to get a fancy rolling library ladder around here? 😋 #shortgirlproblems

BlueMonday42 Story of my life. 6y
MrBook Lol! Nice shelves 😊👍🏻! 6y
TheLondonBookworm Hehe I feel ya! 6y
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LauraBeth Love your shelves! I'm a tall gal so I always lend a hand to others for top shelf items 😀 it's the only thing useful about being tall... 6y
JordanGraft @LauraBeth you are a true saint! 6y
marixa We have step stools in every room lol 6y
Palimpsest Are those books behind you from the Folger Shakespeare library collection? 💜 6y
Megabooks Definitely some short girl problems over here! 🙋🏻🙋🏻 6y
Larnellmays Lol nice 6y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled My dream too! 6y
Laalaleighh I wish I had your hair skills! I spend hours attempting to get my hair to look like that and I either look like Shirley temple or one of those American Girl dolls about a year after purchase. There is nothing in between. 6y
MeganAnn Awesome shelves! @LauraBeth that's me too! At least we can do something good with our height... 😄 6y
Lola @Laalaleighh 😂😂😂😂 6y
Lola I know short girl problems-I am constantly asking people if I can "borrow their height" to get things for me that are out of reach. 6y
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