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Shane Paperback – March 18, 2014
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"If you read only one western in your life, this is the one."—Roland Smith, author of Peak
"Shane is a work of literature first and a Western second."—St. George Daily Spectrum
"A real superiority here."—Kirkus Reviews
"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
"The author has created a tale which captivates the reader’s attention from beginning to end. . . . The book almost demands completion in one sitting."—Library Journal
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I did not have hope or excitement when I picked this up for the first time, which was wrong of me. Why did I assume a western would be boring? I don't think I had even read a western before. From the beginning I got sucked into the mystery of Shane, and then the suspense of the story as tensions and threats grew in their town. After finishing the book I watched the movie yesterday, but I felt the book was much better. Perhaps because with books you can let your imagination make the characters and setting your own.
I always thought westerns made people out to be the good guy/bad guy, simple as that. But as in life, the characters in the book show that it's not so simple to judge, and a person can change. That sometimes the good vs bad, right vs wrong judgements aren't so simple either. The book shows a time in our history, being that it starts in 1889, and gives you a much more personal idea of what it was like back then.
somewhat from the book (as movies always do). The book and movie would
make an excellent gift for someone at birthday or Christmas.