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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466340126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466340121
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,463,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This is primarily Grey's diatribe and condemnation of the lack of support of returning WWI combat veterans. A historical note: Those vets received no benefits and more than 200,000 U.S. soldiers suffered physical or mental injuries during The Great War, but in 1919 only 217 had completed rehabilitation programs. That sad chapter has similarities with the Walter Reed Hospital scandal over substandard treatment of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bless Grey for taking up the cause back in the day, it must not have been very popular to do so at the time, but it got weary hearing one of the primary characters wax on and on about that issue. In addition, I had a real problem with the ending...suffice to say it would not have played out that way. He wrote better books.
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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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As a young teenager - late 50's - I read everything I got my hands on. When I discovered a box of Zane Grey books that my mother had read when she was my age, I read every one - western and books about Betty Zane and the settlement of the Wheeling area. I loved every one. Never read this one though and found it somewhat different but mostly enjoyable. The descriptions of the landscape in Arizona are beautiful and in great detail but I will confess I grew impatient at times and skimmed over them, anxious to find out what happened next in the love story. I did go back and read them later. Also the descriptions of what Carlley was feeling did run on a bit. Grey's descriptions of the woman in Carley's social group may have been accurate but certainly did not apply to ALL or even most woman of that time. My mother grew up poor on a farm in southern Ohio, really DID walk several miles to school, went to "normal" school in town where she had to board and started teaching in a one room school that was literally way out in the woods when she was 19.

I never know how badly WWI vets were treated so that probably needed to be said and some of it might apply today.

I loved the ending of this book, though it seemed to be over pretty abruptly. I do intend to read more Zane Grey.
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