Riders of the Purple Sage (Annotated) LARGE PRINT

Riders of the Purple Sage (Annotated) LARGE PRINT

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By: Zane Grey

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Read the western classic that started it all.

  • Features an extended biography of the life and experiences of Pearl Zane Grey
  • LARGE PRINT Edition

The definitive edition.

Hop on board this galloping Western tale that touches on humanity, loyalty, religion and the conflicts of old-fashioned prejudice. Jane Withersteen is a young lady coming into her own within the confining limits afforded her within the polygamous Mormon church. She has a mind of her own, however.

When the church’s leader, Elder Tull makes his intention to take her as another one of his wives known, Jane is forced to come to grips with the inherent evil she has grown up turning a blind eye to. To this end, she turns to some of the church’s most rabid enemies as an unlikely source of aid.

With the church’s ruthless methods of dealing with dissenters being no secret, the stakes are high for those willing to show any signs of rebellion. Follow Jane as she wages a war for her very own salvation from the clutches of a sickly society.

She is accompanied by a handful of friends facing their own particular challenges with society’s prejudices. Will their blooming youth, adventurous spirits, unshakable loyalties, and irrepressible ambitions overcome the icy-hearted obstinacy before it’s too late?

What can one say about "Riders of the Purple Sage"? For as long as man has dreamed of the west, he has written about it or sought it out for himself. Yes, James Fennimore Cooper wrote about the "west". There were the Dime Novels and the Penny Dreadfuls of the 1800's written by such as Ned Buntline. Then an Easterner named Owen Wister created a character called "The Virginian" and Zane Grey had already written "Heritage of the Desert" but "Riders of the Purple Sage" would immortalize both the author and the genre of "westerns". From then on every "western" would be compared to this one. The ironic part is: Zane Grey never considered them to be "westerns"; they were romances, romantic adventures, romantic novels. And to be totally accurate, the word, "western" did not exist at the time this book was written; it did not come into use until 1927 at the earliest, so to insist Zane Grey was a "western" writer is suspect, at best. But "Riders of the Purple Sage" has everything a person has come to know and understand that belongs in a story of the west--the taciturn gunfighter; the woman in distress fighting a losing battle; great scenery; fast horses; and evil men. Yet "Riders" is more than that. It has sub-plots upon sub-plots that keep the reader wondering what is going to happen next, and this book "fills the bill". And, what most people don't know or realize today, Zane Grey wrote quite often from a woman's viewpoint, and does so in this book. At the time of Zane Grey's greatest popularity more than half of his readership were women, and he was published in such magazines as, Cosmopolitan, Colliers, and Ladies Home Journal. If you have never read a "western" I whole-heartedly urge you to try this one.

- troy_gomez

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