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by Zane Grey
Wayne Cameron, a young Harvard man, travels west and falls in with a group of brave people seeking to stretch a single strand of iron wire over a thousand miles of treacherous land--for a company called Western Union. Zane Grey is the greatest chronicler of the American West.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by HarperPrism
(first published 1939)
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So now I've read a Zane Grey novel. It was actually quite entertaining, despite the racism and casual, unjustified violence and sexism. It moves along like a good adventure tale. It's interesting how old stories can seem so innocent even while they are so casual about a high level of violence. The attitude of the men toward the women is innocent; their treatment of each other is high-minded and innocent, and yet they'll casually gun down a man who irritates them and not think twice about it. The ...more
1939 - Western Union: Young Harvard man Wayne Cameron travels west and meets his destiny. There, he falls in with a brave group of Westerners struggling to fulfill a dangerous, desperate and thrilling dream - to carry through a thousand miles of dangerous wilderness a single strand of iron wire for a company called the Western Union. This wire will complete a telegraph line linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Along the way they will have to contend with Indians, a bleak winter and those aga ...more
Grey does a pretty good job here of conveying the difficulty and hardships experienced by those who laid the telegraph poles across the frontier. Of course, he adds some romance and a few mysterious characters into the mix. His writing is descriptive and that allows me to overlook the formulaic plots. I especially liked the passages describing an electrical storm, a river crossing, and a buffalo stampede.
Aug 27, 2010 Odetta rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Odetta by: Talking Books
I really liked this story of a man from the East working for the Western Union when they stretched the telegraph wire from Nebraska to Wyoming. I spent the entire day glued to the tape player.
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...