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Shane Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1983

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"The stranger, Shane, dresses in brown, black, and leather and is so tough he carries no gun. He drinks from the trough after his horse finishes. A biblical silence follows him, and people lose their senses when he looks their way. He a man no bullet can kill. He's part attack Doberman, part heroic champion. Shane is a work of literature first and a western second."—St. George Daily Spectrum
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"By any standard of measurement, Jack Schaefer's Shane rates as a classic in the literature of the American West. Since its publication in 1949 it has gained a worldwide readership, appearing in more than seventy editions and thirty foreign languages."—Marc Simmons, in the foreword
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"A real superiority here."—Kirkus Reviews
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"Its pace is steady. Its tension is of the uncoiling spring variety. It's as clean as a hound's tooth."--Saturday Review of Literature
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"The author has created a tale which captivates the reader's attention from beginning to end. His skill in depicting a character, a situation, or a mood, with a minimum of words, gives the story a tightly-woven quality often lacking in present-day novels. The book almost demands completion in one sitting."—Library Journal
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"Call Me Shane "

He rode into our valley in the summer of '89, a slim man, dresses inblack.

"Call me Shane," he said. He never told us more.

There was a deadly calm in the valley that summer, a slow, climbing tension that seemed to focus on Shane.

"There's something about him," Mother said. "Something...dangerous..."

"He's dangerous all right," Father said, "...but not to us..."

"He's like one of these here slow burning fuses," the mule skinner said. quiet you forget it's burning till it sets off a hell of a blow of trouble. And there's trouble brewing."



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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (September 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553271105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553271102
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on January 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The film version of Jack Schaefer's 1949 novel "Shane" is one of those touchstone movies of childhood, along the lines of the unforgettable tearjerker "Old Yeller." The last scenes of the film are sure to bring a lump to the throat of the most stalwart among us. With memories of the film firmly etched in my mind, I decided to read Schaefer's novel, to go to the source itself and see whether the book is better than the movie. I have to say Shane as a novel is a must read, even more important than watching the film version.
The plot should be familiar to many people. The Starrett family is working some land in Wyoming, trying to cut a living out of the rugged landscape. Several other families are staking claims in the area even though Fletcher, the big rancher in the region, hates their presence and is working behind the scenes to drive them out. The homesteaders look to Joe Starrett to protect their interests in the face of this intimidation, a battle Joe is slowly losing until the arrival of Shane.
When Shane arrives, he quickly takes up residence with the Starrett family, working as a hand around the place. Within a short period of time Shane finds himself sucked into the feud between Fletcher and the homesteaders. Ranch hands goad Shane into several violent fistfights, although Shane goes out of his way to avoid trouble. As the level of conflict escalates and the dangerous qualities of Shane emerge, Fletcher brings in a hired gun from the outside to deal with the troublesome homesteaders for the last time. The final scenes of the novel balance gripping action with the heartrending departure of Shane back into the wilderness from which he came.
Schaefer pulls off a triumph of epic proportions with this short novel.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
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I'm a 7th grader who just finished writing this review for my class and my teacher accused me of cheating. She said it was too good for a 7th grader to write. My mother suggested that I send my review in and consider it a vote of confidence. This action-filled western fiction, set in the late 1880's has an unpredictable ending. When a restless gunman rides into a hard working, god-fearing family, they provide him with honest work and stability. The untouchable gunman changes his negative actions into positive actions by fighting for justice of the commom man in a Wyoming valley of corrupted cattlemen. The setting provided a historic look into the past of the taming of the west and its enduring bloodshed of the ending of open ranges and the beginning of grazing wars between the farming homesteaders and the established ranchers. The main character's defenses of isolation and destitute unravel into a caring, justice-seeking, loyal man whose attributes contribrute to the small homesteading community. Finding his acceptance among man, the main character, unpredictably returns to his engraved dynamics of aloneness and shatters the lives of the people who grew so close to him. This novel impressed upon my mind the cliche'"The road to heaven is paved with good intentions", showing me that he couldn't distance his past and feel comfortable in his own skin where ever he roamed. SHANE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CHANGE A NEGATIVE TO A POSITIVE-BUT I SURE CAN! JESSE MILLER
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James Drury on November 12, 2001
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Folks, I'm James Drury, who you might remember as television's THE VIRGINIAN, and once in a while I read a book that just has to be read over and over and over. Shane was such a book. The fact that there could be any rating in this section other than a 5 simply astounds me. People keep talking about this stump in the book like the book was about the stump. If you think the book was "about a stump" you are too young to be reading beyond grade school level. Jack Schaefer had a hugely powerful grasp of the West and of Western characters, and he left us a legacy with this book that can never be topped. That's coming from a man who reads Kirby Jonas's novels on audio tape. I enjoy Kirby Jonas's books to no end, and I know of no better author, but Jack Schaefer's "SHANE" is a book for anyone to strive to match. It is an all-time classic that I would put hand in hand with Kirby Jonas's DEATH OF AN EAGLE. It's a shame anyone ever has to feel like they're "forced" to read such a tremendous book as Shane.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ron Atkins on May 4, 2004
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Unlike the reviewer "Barb from Oregon," I believe everything she found detestable in Shane is what makes it a great western. Her firts complaint was to the shallow development of the Shane character. I believe the author intentionally left his past dim, his motivations unkown, as part of the "hero" motif. As to violence--it's a western story depicting a range war, not a court proceeding. The author shows Joe's muscles ripping his shirt in the bar fight for a reason. From the perspective of his son, it was vitally important that he see his father as strong, otherwise his admiration of Shane may have overshadowed his father.
Wild Bill recommends this book for any reader interested in a portrayal of the wild west in its legendary form.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Molly Bierman on December 5, 1999
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I really like this book. I just finished reading it in my 7th grade English class. It has a lot of symbols and quotes that are often difficult to decipher, so I would recommend reading and then discussing it with an adult or in a book club or something. It really gave me an appreciation for great writing with all the symbols and literary devices. I usually hate all assigned school reading, but not SHANE! It's a great book but I wouldn't read it unless you are very good with reading comprehension or are over the age of 14.
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