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Riders of the Purple Sage (original 1912; edition 2010)

by Zane Grey, Mark Bramhall (Narrator)

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Title:Riders of the Purple Sage
Authors:Zane Grey
Other authors:Mark Bramhall (Narrator)
Info:Pinnacle Books (2010), Edition: Reissue, Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Collections:Your library, 2012 Read or re-read, Kindle Fiction, Fiction, Audio books
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, kindle, classic, American fiction, American literature, western, historical fiction, 19th century setting, 20th century literature, Utah, Mormons, revenge, rustlers, romance, Mormonism, homesteaders, ranching, polygamy, E&PV

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Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey (1912)

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    A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (TineOliver)
    TineOliver: Both books deal with views on Mormonism by outsiders at the beginning of the 20th Century. This recommendation is only for those who are interested in this aspect as the novels cover different genres.
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Vaguely pornographic in its blatant sensuality. A classic pulp Western that pits a religious Mormon woman against a hardened brute of animal magnetism. A ranger falls in love with the apparent ex- of a bad guy - a thunder storm makes him realize he has "a storm of real love" in his own "breast." "...I reckon you'd better call quick on thet God who reveals himself to you on earth, because He won't be visitin' the place you're goin to!" ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I finally got around to reading Riders of the Purple Sage. I'm not too sure what I think of it. It was an okay read, however, I could feel myself getting bored and I only carried on because I inherited a copy from my great-granny (I couldn't read said copy as it was falling apart hence the ebook).

Riders of the Purple Sage was an okay introduction to Western's, I suppose. It's the first one I've read. But, I'll probably need to read another to fully make up my mind whether their worth reading.

The descriptions were detailed and beautiful. I could really imagine both the Sage, Cottonwoods and the Valley. But, and this is weird to say, I think they are full on and overdone.

The story is told from the third-person perspective following both Jane and Venters, alternatively. These characters, as well as Lassiter and Bess, were okay, but I didn't particularly warm or connect to any of them. I didn't particularly understand what was happening to them most of the time.

I also felt the story was very slow paced with only small bursts of action. I thought a Western (from seeing the occasional film on TV) would have more action really. Again, this pace is probably due to the detailed descriptions.

The ending was also extremely abrupt and there was a horrible cliffhanger. I don't feel that everything was tied up as it should have been. But, apparently there is a sequel so I'm guessing a lot of the story will be wrapped up there. However, I doubt I will reading that anytime soon.

Overall, I'm glad I finished Riders of the Purple Sage mainly because it belonged to my great-granny. However, it is unlikely I will pick it up again.

This review and many more can be found at My Expanding Bookshelf. ( )
  MyExpandingBookshelf | Jan 18, 2016 |
Lots of Mormon bashing in this. I wish that the heroine Jane was a more realistic character. Her attempts to "save" the various men were annoying and after declaring that she would do anything to get the child Fay back, including marrying the despicable Tull, she then proceeds to agree to fly with Lattimore without a word about Fay! ( )
  leslie.98 | Nov 13, 2015 |
Utah, post-Civil War: Wealthy land owner Jane Withersteen risks losing it all when she disrespects the Mormon Church. Can her trusted rider, Bern Venters, and newcomer (and Gentile) Lassiter help protect her estate? More complications arise when Venters falls in love with the most infamous rider in the West. ( )
  andreaj607 | Nov 11, 2015 |
Zane Grey first published this Western novel back in 1912, and it has become the standard by which others are measured. I don't know that it would survive a politically correct editor today, but it remains a great and exciting read, with John Wayne-type good guys, some really sinister bad guys wrapped in religious privilege, and a strong and godly young woman as the protagonist.

Jane Withersteen has inherited a vast ranch with huge herds of cattle from her Mormon pioneer father. She is successfully managing the ranch and her employees as well as helping poor families wherever she sees a need. But the Mormon elder who has been courting her determines to break her financially when she rejects his offer to become one of his several wives.

Jane's help comes from some Gentile (non Mormon) Cowboys who are not intimidated by the Mormon leaders, though even they may not be able to overcome the many wiles of the Mormon leadership, which holds strong spiritual and psychological authority over the Mormon families who make up the community as a whole.

Greg's descriptions of the wild and rugged plains, high cliffs and deep valleys of Utah transport the reader back so effectively that one can almost smell the sage, feel the speed and power of the horses they ride, and the raw fear and excitement engendered by stampeding cattle. Oh, and there is a love story or two as well to enrich the adventure. Thoroughly enjoyed it and think you will too! ( )
  vcg610 | Jan 26, 2015 |
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[Riders of the Purple Sage]  A sharp clip-clop of iron-shod hoofs deadened and died away, and clouds of yellow dust drifted from under the cottonwoods out over the sage.
[The Rainbow Trail]  Shefford halted his tired horse and gazed with slowly realizing eyes.
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Told by a master storyteller who, according to critic Russell Nye, “combined adventure, action, violence, crisis, conflict, sentimentalism, and sex in an extremely shrewd mixture,” Riders of the Purple Sage is a classic of the Western genre. It is the story of Lassiter, a gunslinging avenger in black, who shows up in a remote Utah town just in time to save the young and beautiful rancher Jane Withersteen from having to marry a Mormon elder against her will. Lassiter is on his own quest, one that ends when he discovers a secret grave on Jane’s grounds. “[Zane Grey’s] popularity was neither accidental nor undeserved,” wrote Nye. “Few popular novelists have possessed such a grasp of what the public wanted and few have developed Grey’s skill at supplying it.”

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Set in Utah during the nineteenth century, tells the story of a Mormon woman caught between the persecution of religious zealots and several 'Gentile' gunmen seeking to lend her a helping hand.

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