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The Virginian (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Loved this book

It was what made a western a western if this book was the originall bluprint of what a western was it has it. This book was amazing it has many great points great original sayings, the characters in here are original it has some good humor, you just get so taken with th...
It was what made a western a western if this book was the originall bluprint of what a western was it has it. This book was amazing it has many great points great original sayings, the characters in here are original it has some good humor, you just get so taken with the story you cant just put it down. I give this book a high recommendation.

posted by 5513313 on January 24, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The original "Western"

I must say I admire Owen Wister's restraint. Rather than ruining his novel with too much mindless action, Wister focuses on the more domestic aspects of life in the old West, incorporating his action scenes sparingly. However, I can't say I enjoyed this book as much as ...
I must say I admire Owen Wister's restraint. Rather than ruining his novel with too much mindless action, Wister focuses on the more domestic aspects of life in the old West, incorporating his action scenes sparingly. However, I can't say I enjoyed this book as much as most of the other classics I have read. Unfortunately, Wister's story never really "gets off the ground" until probably the last fourth or fifth of the book; before then the story lags and is even incoherent in parts. The narrator known simply as "the tenderfoot" guides the reader through much of the story but occasionally drops out completely, which, though not necessarily a big problem, did strike me as strange. Wister originally wrote the stories that would become The Virginian as serials, or short stories in local newspapers, later combining them into a single volume and crafting a "novel." As a group of short stories, I could get into these--as a novel, not so much. Lest I sound too critical, the story does possess redeeming qualities, however. Wister develops the romance between the Virginian and Miss Wood in a superb manner, and he also interjects his own thoughts into the story on occasion (much like Tolstoy). His portrayal of Judge Henry, well-schooled in law, is marvelous, and he can be astoundingly funny in parts. Ultimately, however, the book, as a novel, falls a little flat. I'd rate this book a 4/9, if that gives you a better idea than the rather limited "five star" system.

posted by TheQuillPen on April 1, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Too many mispellings

    Full of strange characters and spelling absurdities. Whoever did the scanning should be tarred and feathered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Boring.

    Not much happened, just a lot of talking.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    don't recommend

    boring

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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