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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466340126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466340121
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,772,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<DIV>The father of the western novel, Zane Grey (1872 - 1939) was born in Zanesville, Ohio. He wrote 58 westerns and almost 30 other books. Over 100 films have been based on his work.</DIV>

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As a teen I read every Zane Grey book I could get my hands on.
Dean Warren
The story grabbed me completely and I found myself rapidly skimming large sections just to get to the end.
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It is full of beautiful description and passion for the West and its scenery.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David W. Johnson on February 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
First let me say I am am avid western book reader and author myself. I regard Zane Grey's Call of the Canyon as one of the most powerful romance books ever written. I know many people who regard this and Rider's of the Purple Sage, to be Zane Grey's best books, and amoung the best adventure fiction books ever. Each year visitors by the thousands do their best to retrace the footsteps of these eastern lovers who had Gone West. It is a tale that never seems to go out of fashion, and indeed seems to fulfill some great need in each reader lucky enough to hear the Call of the Canyon.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on March 18, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Never read a Zane Grey novel so when it was offered on my Kindle for free I decided to give it a try. I was surprised that such a "vintage" book would be so relevant to current day. It is full of beautiful description and passion for the West and its scenery. I enjoyed the well written story and was surprised by the woman's journey into a life with purpose. Will read more of this series of books.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By rakel on November 16, 2010
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I wasn't sure what to expect from Call of the Canyon. I've download a lot of free titles to my Kindle, assuming that most are going to be terrible. This was a pleasant surprise! Not knowing much about the author or the period in which this book was written, I eventually determined that it was likely to be written around the same time period of the story. The biggest give-away to me was the at-times lengthy social commentary, which I could have done with less of. Not that I agree nor disagree with the sentiments shared by the author, the way it was handled felt a little out of place.

I will also add that I found myself skimming the lengthy descriptions of Arizona, mostly because I've never been and some of the imagery was a little hard for me to visualize. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I definitely feel like that applies here.

Overall, it was a great love story (which I admit I am a sucker for) that was hard for me to put down, and at the end, I wished it would continue. Because of that, I've already downloaded a handful of other works by Zane Grey to read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The story set in the 1920s New York and Arizona is a wonderful romance. The descriptions of the canyons and desert make me want to pack up the car and head out for an extended vacation in Arizona right away. The descriptions are indeed moving.
The downside of the novel for me is just a little bit too much "philosophy" out of the post WW1 era. Grey harps a little to much on his ideal American Woman, American Family, the contrast between the idle rich in New York and the working folks out on the range in The West. There is way too much writing on the plight of W.W.I vets when they returned to America. But in spite of a lot of pages devoted to teaching Grey's message there is a wonderful romantic story to be enjoyed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on April 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am 73 years old and always loved to read. I read all of Zane Grey books when I was in the 7th grade. It was nice to find them on Kindle and start reading them
again. Thank you Kindle.The Call of the Canyon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fn47 on October 6, 2012
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While on vacation in AZ and after my tour of the Grand Canyon this past September (our guide recommended to read "Call of the Canyon" by Zane Grey.) I decided to purchase the kindle version after the tour (started reading while in AZ) and actually got it for nothing, so it was even better. I really enjoy the way Zane Grey writes. In my mind I can visualize the scenery as I did when I drove through Oak Creek Canyon. It was absolutely beautiful and breath taking! I have to admit that USA does have the best mountains in the world. I'm from NY but not Manhattan and I could almost compare myself to the character of Carley Burch. She travelled to AZ by train, myself by plane (4 flights to different airports!). Following her true love after her many situations and indecisions, she finally makes her last attempt to return to Glenn. As they say, true love conquers all. Right now I am reading another one of his books called "Greatest Hits of Grey". I also have 2 others which I can not wait to read! After reading "Call of the Canyon" it keeps my memories fresh of my visit to Sedona and travelling through Oak Creek Canyon!!! I've become a fan of Zane Grey!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Dearden on May 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
If one understands the time between WWI and WWII and the excesses of the 1920's this book is excellent! Remember this book was written in 1934 at the height of the great depression! Yet it reflects on the era of the 1920's. While some of the values that Grey espouses in the book seem out of date and old fashioned, I think his themes are timeless.
The book also provides beautiful descriptions of the Arizona desert and rural life in the western U.S. The story line is quite good and Grey deals effectively with love, conflict, jealousy, and what makes our struggles worthwhile. Enjoy this classic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Wheeler on February 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Call of the Canyon is another of Zane Grey's "war novels" which is to say, it deals with the subject of the mistreatment of returning veterans from the first world war. But it is also the coming of age of a modern "sophisticated" woman who learns the real meaning of love, and what it means to love someone. The story has several scenes which take place in New York City as well as at Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona. For pure romance, this book can not be beat. Carly Birch is one of Zane Grey's finest female characters, and again I will say he often wrote from the woman's point of view which is why the vast majority of his work was published in the leading "women's" magazines of the day, and his readership was more than half women. So, ladies, please don't dismiss Zane Grey as a "western" writer; he was so much more than that.
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