Last Of The Duanes Zane Grey


Published: 1998


313 pages


Last Of The Duanes  by  Zane Grey

Last Of The Duanes by Zane Grey
1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 313 pages | ISBN: | 5.53 Mb

Wow! There is a reason why this story, previously published as The Lone Star Ranger has gotten a lot of praise over the years. It is full of gunfights, nasty desperadoes, and morally ambiguous outlaw heroes--the typical stock characters and incidents that pop up everywhere in modern western novels. But wait, the story first appeared in magazine form 100 years ago.Most of the Zane Grey books that I have read have been problem books, in that many had major themes that were as important, if not more important, than the plot.

For example, The Vanishing American - horrible deal that the US gave returning American Indian veterans of WWI- Code of the West -- contrasting moral views between an old-fashioned boy of the Arizona Mogollon Rim country vs. an invading flapper from NJ (IIRC). These are not what 21st century folks would think of when they hear the name Zane Grey.Last of the Duanes is far more typical of what a novice Grey reader would expect. It stars hero Buck Duane, who epitomizes the Darwinist, survival of the fittest hero found in so many of Greys later novels.

He is an outlaw who survives by honing and using his skills as a gunfighter. Thus, this particular novel involves more gunfights, mass killings, etc., then any of the Grey novels that I have read so far. (Perhaps the much later Arizona Ames is the exception.) Greys style is relatively compact, almost terse, more contemporary to our times than his. Missing are the magnificent descriptions of the countryside prevalent in Riders of the Purple Sage, Light of Western Stars, and even Wildfire.

(Maybe Grey was far less impressed with the Tex/Mex border country than he was of the Southwest four corners area. I personally love all that flowery Mogollon Rim descriptive stuff.)In summation, I recommend Last of the Duanes as good starter Grey action novel, particularly for those who find long descriptive passages fiercely old-fashioned.

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