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TALES OF LONELY TRAILS (non illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Zane Grey
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Book Description

Stories of Zane Grey's hunting, camping, and exploring trips in the wild and desolate parts of the West. Three of the five narratives are lively tales of adventure. The most impressive stories in the book, however, are the first and last, both of them short. (non illustrated)

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  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414228252
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GEB16S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare insight May 22, 2011
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From my childhood here in Australia to my now 67 years, I have been a reader of the Zane Grey's novels, historical and fictional. This is the first of his autobiographic accounts of his own exploits that I have read. It contains a rare glimpse into the adventurer psyche of almost a century ago in USA. Grey, along with his brother, his young son and his companions including Buck Jones, certainly shows us the mentality of the hunter and explorer of those days. His description of his visit to the Rainbow Bridge (Nonnezoshe) really brings through his personal sense of wonder. And it is no wonder that, in his novels, Grey's descriptions of the old American West are so authentic - he'd actually been there and lived the life of his characters. Another thing that comes through in the beginning pages of this book is the white man's disregard of the wildlife at the time and the dawning realisation that indisciminate killing and the manner of the killing is neither sensible nor humane. The account of the death of the old cougar makes the point when, turned off the animal's death, Buck Jones vows he'll never kill another cougar again.

The book is written in Grey's typical style - good narrative punctuated by wandering descriptions of his surroundings. Sometimes the text is a little old fashioned and wordy. The book might not appeal to all readers of the western genre. There's not much action in the traditional sense. But there are some wonderful moments to be discovered should you put the time and effort into the reading. An altogether fascinating read.

I wanted to read this book because I'm off on my own pilgramage to the country of the Rainbow Trail and Riders Of The Purple Sage this coming September. With the text of this little book tucked neatly into my mind, I will be able to clearly imagine the places as Grey saw them. I'm really hoping that they haven't altered all that much in the intervening years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On The Trail With Zane Grey March 17, 2012
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Indeed that is how you feel when you read this book--that you are on the trail or around the campfire with Zane Grey. From the visit to the Rainbow Bridge to the crossing of Death Valley you'll take every step with him and feel you are there. Along the way you will encounter some interesting people and characters who helped form Zane Grey's version of the West--from traders, hunters, and just plain old folks whose influence helped make Zane Grey the writer he was. You'll thrill again the remembrance of his novels as each page unfolds in some location he has described in one of his books. There are deer hunts and bear hunts and the roping of lions in the Grand Canyon with Buffalo Jones and the most famous dog since Call of the Wild, Don. For anyone who enjoys Zane Grey's fiction this book of life in the great outdoors is just as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Adventures, The Source Material For His Fiction December 24, 2012
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TALES OF LONELY TRAILS, by Zane Grey (1922, and republished in 1986 and 1988) is a most important nonfiction collection of Grey's own first person accounts about his numerous adventures in the wild outdoors of the American West. They are not only his accurate descriptions of several distinctive and very diverse geographical locations, but also these accounts demonstrate his writer's methodology of later incorporating such descriptions of real geographical places into later works of fiction. The first of five articles is entitled "Nonezoshe", the Indian name for the Rainbow Bridge, once almost inaccessible, but now a National Monument which can be seen today by boat along the manmade Lake Powel on the Colorado River. Grey visited it in March 1913; Teddy Roosevelt in August of that same year. Both, as two of the few non-Indians who at that time had seen the now famous stone arch, wrote about their adventures in getting there by an arduous, dangerous overland route in which some pack animals slipped to their deaths over what Grey named as the "Glass Mountains". Grey's descriptions and his Navajo guide as a prototype were adapted to fit into his later stories such as THE RAINBOW TRAIL (1915), the sequel to his famous RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE (1912), and again in, perhaps, his best novel, THE VANISHING AMERICAN (1925).

[See Photo: ZG and Nas Ta Bega, his guide to Nonezoshe (at Google images, Los Angeles Times copy). This photo was misplaced at the wrong page of the 1922 edition of TALES as "Which is the Piute", p.113. Various photographs in the first edition were improved in the 1986 and 1988 versions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! March 7, 2012
By Joy
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Great seller. Great item. Perfect. It is just what I wanted. I ordered a Zane Grey book pre 1912. It's a beautiful book. Perfect condition. Thank you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars July 11, 2014
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5 star it was a good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100 years too late. May 27, 2014
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I have read many of Grey's books over the years. This gave me a new understanding of the author. It was hard to leave until I finished. It reminded me of a comment my wife and I made years ago: "We were born 100 years too late."
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2.0 out of 5 stars dull February 20, 2014
By Josie
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To me it was very dull and repeticous, it was a guys book and not like the other Zane Grey books that I have read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much to interest me here February 18, 2014
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I suppose an avid Zane Grey reader might enjoy this, but that is not me. I read his fiction for the entertainment. This tells of trips he made and locations which formed the setting for specific stories.
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