Wanderer of the Wasteland
by Zane Grey
He Chose The World's Deadliest Land: To Die, Or To Live Again. . . Adam Laret, big, young and headstrong, ran from Ehrenberg to the banks of the Rio Colorado. He was blindly fleeing his scheming, gambling brother and the woman Guerd stole from him. But Adam's escape wasn't complete until Guerd, in the company of a sheriff, hunted him down. Then Adam committed the ultimate...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Pinnacle Books
(first published 1920)
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This was a very thoughtful exploration of what makes man noble and nature grand. It is possible (based on admittedly a very cursory understanding of the author's life) that the author recorded in this novel his ideal self, but never measured up to that ideal. I agree for the most part with his depiction of an ideal moral role model. It contains non-stop descriptions of desert landscape and philosophical musings that could not have been created without some serious time spent in the wilderness po...more
From the master of the western comes a novel full of romance and adventure. The story begins: Adam Larey gazed with hard and wondering eyes down the silent current of the red river upon which he meant to drift away into the desert. The Rio Colorado was no river to trust. It chafed at its banks as if to engulf them; muddy and thick it swirled and glided along in flood, sweeping in curves back and forth from Arizona to California shore. Majestic and gleaming under the hot sky, it swung southward b...more
Though totally outside of my normal reading genres, this classic Western is one of the most gripping novels I've read in a long time. Set in the old west and Mohave Dessert, it's full of all the tragic elements that make for great reading: love, lust, greed, betrayal, deception, revenge, honor and atonement. Zane Grey was a fantastic craftsman of the written language and should go down as one of the great writers of the 20th Century. I'm going to have to read some of his other works, as well as...more
The visual imagery in this book is amazing. The story is old fashioned the characters interact in old fashioned ways but knowing when it was written it works, just have to keep that in mind. Zane Grey is a wonderful writer and really makes you feel that you are walking in the dessert with his characters.
My father had this book when I was growing up. Last summer I ran across it at my brother's house and decided to read it (1924 edition). The characters and basic plot line are interesting, but the main thrust of the book is almost unending descriptions of the beauty, silence and ruggedness of the desert itself, becoming almost existentially philosophical (translation: BORING after two or three of these passages). Nonetheless, I was smitten by the overall impression, and when I found out that ther...more
Pearl Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. As of June 2007, the Internet Movie Database credits Grey with 110 films, one TV episode, and a series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater based loosely on his novels and short stories.More about Zane Grey...