Zane Grey is a true legend. His bestselling novels have thrilled generations of readers with heart-and-guts characters, hard-shooting action, and high-plains panoramas. Zane Grey is the genuine article, the real spirit of the old west.
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
Even the wild purple wastland falls into jeopardy when a gunman named Lassiter and a rich homesteader names Jane Withersteen join forces--and fates--to take on an entire violent town.
"Spare the boy!" whispared Jane.
"You can't save him now," replied Tull, stridently.
The restless movements of Tull's men suddenly quieted down. Then followed a low whisper, a rustle, a sharp exclamation.
"Look!" said one, pointing to the west.
Jane Withersteen wheeled and saw a horseman, silhouetted against the western sky, come riding out of the sage. He had ridden down from the left, in the golden glare of the sun. An answer to her prayer!
"Do you know him? Does anyone know him?" questioned Tull.
His men looked and looked, and one by one shook their heads.
"Look!" one of Tull's companions whispered hoarsely. "He packs two black-butted guns--low down--they're hard to see--black agin them black chaps."
A classic of western stories. If you like westerns and haven't read it do so
Lassiter was a gunman with a reputation as black as his clothes---and a mighty vengeance to fulfill.
Lassiter was a gunman with a reputation as black as his clothes-and a mighty vengence to fulfill.
Jane Withersteen was a homesteader on the Utah frontier-the richest woman in the Mormon village of Cottonwoods.
But that fortune was in danger. The Mormons wanted her to marry Elder Tull-and they had more in mind than the good of her soul. They wanted control of Amber Spring, the precious water that gave verdure to the wild purple wasteland.
When their methods of persuasion turned dirty, jane found it hard to defend herself against the entire town. But that was before Lassiter rode in, strapped on his famous guns and stood up to the angry mob.
A classic Western of the Old School. Very readable.
multiple voices make this abridged book extra enjpyable-a classic western story
It's a wonderful classic of life in the wild, wild west.
Zane Grey's great classic western - the gunman Lassiter and Jane Withersteen, a rich homesteader, join forces to take on the whole violent town.
I had never read Zane Grey. Assumed it was formulaic and probably very sentimental. Pleasantly surprised. Lots of action and good description of Western landscape.
Classic old school western.
From back cover: In Riders of the Purple Sage, the most famous novel of the American West, Grey creates a hero of epic proportions, a villian of legendary evil, and a world in which the landscape is rendered with such force that it seems to experess thoughts and feelings, to become a character in its own right. Indeed, Riders of the Purple Sage derives much of its depth and power from passions whose forbidden and overwhelming nature cannot be expressed by human beings and are therefore embodied in the natural world.
No book has a better claim to have invented the myth of the American West.
It is 1871 in Cottonwoods, Utah.
This is the story of te gunman, Lassiter, and the Mormon rancher, Jane Withersteen.