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Betty Zane by Zane Grey
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Jun 13, 2011

really liked it

Fun! Mindless and easy frontier novel. Grey's characters are perfectly, hilariously, chaste and sexless. Of course all of the settlers have a fine eye, broad chest, and a stout heart. The villains are hard to miss (dirty, dark-minded).

What I found most interesting is that Zane Grey, a descendant, changes Betty's story a fair bit. In some internet accounts - including the Elizabeth Zane DAR! - they reprint Grey's version of events. But according to other sources (museums, academic papers), Betty was perhaps not so chaste. She may have had a daughter out of wedlock and married twice to other guys after that. Grey's impulse to rewrite frontier history is clear in this account.

And the book's duplicity in dealing with the Native American: eulogizing the tribes while justifying their removal. While saying that Ebenezer Zane was a great friend to the Indian, he also quotes Ebenezer as saying that when his son grows up (10 years from that moment), there will be no more Indians. And that says it all.

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