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West of the Pecos

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From one of the bestselling western novelists of all time, comes another classic story.
Templeton Lambeth had so desperately wanted a son-- an heir to ride by his side through the vast, wild ranges just west of the Pecos River. But to his disappointment, his wife bore a girl. His hopes crushed and in denial, he decides to raise his daughter as if she were a boy. In honor o
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Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by HarperPrism (first published 1931)
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Kathryn
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Texas landscapes and harsh living conditions back then were very well portrayed. Tried, true and Texan to the core sums up the people who worked hard and triumphed. The rotters are basically the same no matter where you live, dang their dark hearts anyway.
Shae
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns, fiction
This was the first Zane Grey I ever read as a middle school student -- which is amazing to me, because as I read it this time I found the first few chapters really slow and overly landscape descriptive. Once I got past that though I was totally captivated by the story and cowboy language. It is the story of Terrill Lambert, a young girl who disguises herself as a boy, at first to please her father's dream for a son and second to protect herself in wild west Texas when her father is murdered. Her ...more
Fer de Uña
Esta es la primera novela que leo de Zane Grey. El autor recrea de manera magistral al viejo oeste, con unas descripciones muy ricas que me han hecho situarme perfectamente sobre el terreno, viviendo la historia de Pecos y Rill como un personaje más. Quizás dónde flojea un poco la novela es en los personajes, dado que no permite conocerlos demasiado bien, y sólo al final el lector intuye características de su personalidad concretas. En su conjunto, resulta una novela entretenida y con buen ritmo ...more
Elaine
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Zane Grey books - I absolutely loved his books as a kid! Reading his books led me to fall in love with the American Southwest.
Violet
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
I have read a lot of Zane Grey. I don't think I can say all, but maybe most, of his books have a romantic interest in them where it takes the entire book to win the fair maiden; and this one is no exception. He is the master at description of the western lands. This story is about a girl of 15 who dresses as a boy and travels west from Louisiana with her father and a married black couple. They have a guide to take them to a good place west of the Pecos and finally arrive many months later. When ...more
delNorte
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aventuras
Lectura entretenida y muy ligera. Hay que tener en cuenta la época en la que fue escrito pero tiene unos personajes y unas tramas taannn inocentes que te saca una sonrisa :-)
judith seats
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great

Excellent writing and adventure. Interesting from page one to the end. Never knowing what will happen next. Have to keep reading to find out.
David
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read my Great-Grandfather's copy, which has a copyright of 1937 on it, published by Grosset and Dunlap and not dated.

Modern readers may take offense at the stereotypes and use of racial and ethnic epithets which permeate the story, but as I considered it, this may well have been the way the rough society of the period functioned.

The story itself is about what is left of the Lambeth family, Father and Daughter and a pair of their former slaves heading west to make a new life. Into the
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Doug Dams
This book is an example of the typical Zane Grey book. A cowboy named Pecos Smith has a mysterious past and he comes into contact with a damsal in distress. The adventure of coming west to start a new life, conflicts with outlaws and eventually succeeding is told in Zane Grey's descriptive style. The description of being caught in a buffalo stampede is well worth the read. You can almost feel the thundering stampede as you read.
Fredrick Danysh
Templeton Lambeth heads west with his daughter Terrill following the Civil War. When Templeton is murdered Terrill is left to fend for herself until desperado Pecos Smith crosses her path. A romantic western of the early 20th century.
Corinne
Fun but for its cringe-worthy overt racism
Stacie  Haden
Thought I'd try a Zane Grey. It was fine, maybe not my style.
Herb
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, westerns
Really good, surprisingly literate tale of the Old West. Actually very enjoyable.
Jude Brigley
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a child and for nostalgic reasons I give it many stars. I loved the film with Robert Mitchum as a child also.
brotagonist
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
Enjoyable, but I am tiring of reading romances when I want to read westerns. I like the accents of Grey's characters.
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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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