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The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey

The Heritage of the Desert (original 1910; edition 1985)

by Zane Grey

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Title:The Heritage of the Desert
Authors:Zane Grey
Info:Pocket (1985), Paperback
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The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey (1910)



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You'll find heartfelt descriptions of the harsh, alluring deserts and canyons of Utah and Arizona. Originally published in 1915 the images still spring up with a vivid, crisp style that could only have been written by someone who had been there to be captivated by the stark beauty of it. The story is wrapped in the romance of the western tale of its time that gives glimpses of the goodness and perfidy of the people who lived there. Grey was a gifted author. ( )
  danhammang | Apr 1, 2018 |
Finally! A Zane Grey novel that I found exciting and interesting.

Jack Hare is found in the desert by August Naab, a Mormon, and some of his family. Naab is warned by fellow Mormon, Martin Cole, that he must stand up to local strong man, Holderness. Naab prefers to believe God will protect him and his family as long as he doesn't kill. Eventually Naab nurses Hare who is suffering from tuberculosis back to health and by hard work makes him strong and healthy as well as deadly with a gun.

Hare falls in love with Naab's ward who is promised to Naab's oldest son. She flees because she doesn't wish to marry the son. Later Hare searches for her and saves her from starvation. He brings her home where the wayward son has joined the rustlers and is now his father's enemy. The son is killed by Holderness and Hare kills Holderness. There is a nice touch where Hare saves a couple of the rustlers from hanging because they were kind to his fiance when she was a prisoner of the son.

In the novel, Grey seems sympathetic to the Mormons although his hero Hare refuses to join the church at the novel's conclusion because of the way Mormons treat their women which based on the story's plot would mean polygamy and abuse. ( )
  lamour | Aug 31, 2014 |
In the upper half of Grey's stories, emphasizing the spiritual and natural elements of the West. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765363135, Mass Market Paperback)

“They say I fell among thieves….I’ve fallen among saints as well.”

John Hare lies dying in the desert until he is discovered and saved by the kind and generous rancher, August Naab.  As Hare is nursed back to health on Naab’s ranch, he finds himself irresistibly attracted to Naab’s adopted daughter, Mescal.  But Mescal is being relentlessly pursued by Holderness, a man who is not to be trusted.  Hare is soon drawn into a web of adventure and intrigue over land, water, and the heart of a beautiful woman, all set against the sweeping backdrop of the Wild West.

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John Hare came west from Connecticut looking for health and adventure. In the Utah desert he found both--and a woman he had never bargained for. The Mormons found him running for his life, only minutes ahead of a murderous band of rustlers who had pegged him for a spy. The Mormons let him join their party, pairing him with a half-Navajo beauty. "Lay down with Mescal in the shadows," the Mormon leader said. "The rustlers will think you are sweethearts and pass you by." It worked. It worked too well. The Mormons always did have a gift for prophecy...… (more)

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