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The Spirit of the Border
As the Revolutionary war draws to an end, the violence on the frontier only accelerates. The infamous Girty brothers incite Indians to a number to massacres, but when the Village of Peace, a Christian utopian settlement is destroyed, the settlers know they will have to hunt him down.
Spirit of the Border (1906) by Zane Grey (1872-1939) is a historical novel about the American frontier during the American War of Independence (1775 - 1783). At this time, the United States' frontier began at Fort Pitt (present-day Pittsburgh), and the Ohio River was a main artery to penetrate the thickly-forested, unsettled and dangerous west country. The region west of Fort Pitt was inhabited by Indians (mainly of the Delaware, Shawnee and Huron nations), who were being incited by the Detroit ...more
Kidnapping and brutality are subjects in the book. One man in particular (Jim Gurty) was an extremely evil whi ...more
So, we begin with a group heading off down the Ohio River from Fort Pitt into the "west" to become missionaries, or famous frontiersmen. The party includes Jim and Joe Downs, Jim a missionary wanna be, a ...more
Grey always writes beautiful descriptions. The Ohio territory and the settling of it he describes are particularly harsh. Hatred, killing, abductions, and other cruelties exist throughout. The author seemed well informed about learning to live in the wilderness and trac ...more
Compared to the historicals set in the same period and general area by his contemporary, Robert Chambers, it definitely ...more
Another look at how the West was won and some of the dangers and hardships that were faced by the earlier settlers. It looks at the heroes and villains that roamed the primal forests of the frontier. Masterfully developed characters in a story you will seldom experience outside of Fenmore Cooper.
Great yet bloody story. Mr. Grey in his true form paints wonderful characters and scenery. As you read you come to know the people and places of the old midwest giving a renewed appreciation for those early settlers.
25+ years later, I hadn't read or even thought much about his old books in years when one day Grandpa, by then suffering the effects of senile dementia and nearing the end of his life, handed me 4 of them and urged me to read them, so I could see what good writing was. I accepted them with pleasure and ant ...more
The descriptions and woodcraft also remind me of my times at Camp Heritage in the Laurel Highlands and the crest of US 40 over the mountain, looking down at Uniontown. Taking that trip always makes me wonder: when the first settler ...more