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Forlorn River

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  151 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Ben Ide is a failure in the horse trade because he loves horses more than money. A few bad deals have turned the world against him. His greatest adversary is his father, who thinks Ben good for nothing.Determined to show what he is made of and what he can do, Ben pursues a herd of wild horses. The herd leads him directly into danger: cattle thieves with connections in high ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1926)
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Aug 11, 2015 Sharanne rated it really liked it
Now I'm trying to find the sequel to see if Nevada gets a happy ending too! It was a little bit predictable, but I loved that the setting was an area I visited last summer and my new favorite quote, "you bet I would not take him fishin'," is a great way to measure a person's character.
Feb 11, 2015 Sally rated it liked it
Life in the Old West. A father is disappointed in his son and casts him out. The son creates a new life for himself and gathers faithful friends. Then the love of his youth returns after being away at college and an evil man has become his fathers partner and has spread lies about Ben. To win his lady love , he must clear his name and make good of his life. Many people believe in him and that is essential to his belief in himself. It is a hard won battle, but he does win. The language is flowery ...more
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Nov 11, 2012 Tom Kepler rated it really liked it
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Forlorn River and its sequel, Nevada, are my two favorite Zane Grey novels.

I find these novels brimming with Grey's loving descriptions of frontier wilderness. They also maintain Grey's tradition of simplifying characterization to maximize the epic qualities of all people trying to lead good lives in the face of evil.

I like to escape into these novels--and it's easier with these two novels in particular because the cultural biases present in Grey's lifetime are not as prevalent in these novels a
Apr 16, 2012 John rated it it was ok
It was a decent enough story, but I found Zane Grey's writing style to be just too much for me to really enjoy the book. The relationships in the book were all so melodramatic! The Indian character, simply named Modoc, was straight from Central Casting. He seemed to have supernatural abilities as a tracker, he often communicated in sign language, and when he spoke, it was usually something quite wise and contained the phrase "heap big..."
The most distracting part of the book was that Grey seemed
Ben Ide is a wild horse hunter in northern California, who has had his reputation tarnished by rumors that he has become a rustler. An outcast from his family, his only friends are Modoc, an Indian he helped rescue, and a mysterious man that goes by Nevada.

When Ina Blaine, Ben's childhood sweetheart, comes home from being away at school for four years, she finds everything changed. Everything that is, her feelings for Ben. However, Ina's father's new business partner, Less Setter, has plans not
Aug 21, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was about 12 because it was in my Grandma Frampton's bookcase when I was down in Provo for a visit. She let me take it home to finish it, and she died before I could get it back. It is obviously a western, but I was so caught up in the characters then. Especially the one called Nevada. It describes the lava fields and caves in northern California, and talks about the Klamath Indians. I still have the old book, but it's falling apart. Janice found me a newer edition for Ch ...more
May 30, 2012 Hildegart rated it really liked it
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This was the first Zane Grey book I read. A friend loaned it to me. The think that hooked me was that it was set in the Tule Lake area of northern California, a place I visited often while growing up.
Mar 26, 2014 John rated it really liked it
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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.
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