Shane: The Critical Edition

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Shane was made into an award-winning film that—like the novel—became a standard by which later westerns were judged. Readers who have already felt the novel's power or are approaching it for the first time, will find this edition indispensable for coming to terms with its fascinating simplicity, its richness, and its puzzles. 

This edition reprints the original text of the novel (in 1954 it was edited to remove words that might offend). In addition, the best critical essays...

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Overview

Shane was made into an award-winning film that—like the novel—became a standard by which later westerns were judged. Readers who have already felt the novel's power or are approaching it for the first time, will find this edition indispensable for coming to terms with its fascinating simplicity, its richness, and its puzzles. 

This edition reprints the original text of the novel (in 1954 it was edited to remove words that might offend). In addition, the best critical essays about Schaefer and about Shane are included to provide historical and comparative background. An interview with Jack Schaefer and an afterword written by him complete this volume.

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St. George Daily Spectrum
"The stranger, Shane, dresses in brown, black, and leather and is so tough he carries no gun. He drinks from the trough after his horse finishes. A biblical silence follows him, and people lose their senses when he looks their way. He a man no bullet can kill. He's part attack Doberman, part heroic champion. Shane is a work of literature first and a western second."—St. George Daily Spectrum
Marc Simmons
"By any standard of measurement, Jack Schaefer's Shane rates as a classic in the literature of the American West. Since its publication in 1949 it has gained a worldwide readership, appearing in more than seventy editions and thirty foreign languages."—Marc Simmons, in the foreword
Saturday Review of Literature
"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803291423
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1984
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,423,453
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Shane is an excellent novel for GATE Students

    The author, Jack Schaefer, wrote a novel that every GATE student should read. The book contains a "story within a story", and it takes a great deal of effort to see this.
    shane is attempting to change his life, and the difficulties he faces are tremendous. The metaphores used by the author are at first difficult to spot, but with help, students aquire the ability to see the foreshadowing presented in the book.
    A must read for students (5th grade and up) and adults.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Shane book review

    Shane is one of the best western novels I have ever read. This story is filled with excitement and thrillig action. This is one of those books that you just don't want to put down, after reading this you'll think I want to be more like Shane. The characters are amazing and very creative and went well with the western genre. This book is for anyone the vocabulary is fairly simple and the organization of this story is superb, The author did an amazing job writing this story. This is one book that I would love to read over and over.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

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    The best western ever written

    I love western stories of all kinds by a variety of authors but in my opinion this is the best western ever written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Shane

    He wasn't that huge guy, 6'5"-230#, he was just a normal sized guy. but he had heart and had no fear and the story gives you a a since that he was indestructible. Shane is "High-Noon", "The Searchers", The Magnificent Seven", and Hondo all rolled into one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Lovely

    Truly told from a boy's perspective. Beautiful and clear story on courage, pride, loyalty, family, and doing what's right. Wonderful and relevant lessons throughout.
    This book is largely character driven, and by that i mean the character of the characters. A little slow at first, this book took me chapters to get in it, but once I did, I really enjoyed how the rich imagery and writing style really brought to life such a simple story and idea. Lovely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Too detailed

    I read this for school and it is too detailed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2007

    Much More Than A Western Novel

    Although often categorized as 'young adult fiction,' Schaefer's first novel was not originally intended as such. Even though thoroughly enjoyable by young adults, it is actually the more mature reader who will likely be struck by the deepest chords the story has to offer. At first reading, it may indeed seem written in an almost over-sentimental, simplistic style. The observant reader, however, will soon realize that it is this very simplicity by which he/she is being drawn into an inescapable emotional experience by a master storyteller. Truly a life-long companion, I first read this novel when I was 12 and have been re-reading it ever since. The film adaptation, as famous as it became and being touted as the 'archetypal blueprint for all Western films that followed,' was painful to watch in contrast with the polar opposite theme of the novel. Stick with the novel, especially if you enjoy the reluctant-warrior motif, regardless of genre. I'm not even a fan of westerns, yet this is one of my favorite novels, as it transcends genre altogether.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006

    Amazing quick read

    My grandmother gave this to me when I was about nine years old and I just never got around to reading it. But now at the age of 19 I'm glad I just did. It took me only a weekend to enjoy this book and now my dad is reading it. I haven't seen the movie yet but it's like your favorite western. The plot is amazing and quick. It doesn't have all the fluff that some books have. Since it's first person, if Bob (the 'narrator') didn't see it it's not in the book. If you haven't read it, I ask what are you waiting for? Buy a copy today and you won't be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Never read anything better!

    I recomend this book to anyone who reads. My dad read it to me when I was 6 years old now im still reading it at 81! I really don't think there was one bad part. The author exspressed himself in such imoition! You will love this book so read it please!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Classic Western

    by Jack Schaefer

    A book written in the year of my birth it epitomizes the ethos of the legendary wild west gunfighter, who having once established his reputation found it impossible to escape it. And so a man named only Shane rides into the life of a pioneering farm family in cattle country, a land where fences and barbed wire were fighting words and open range reigned supreme. Shane is lean and rock hard, ever vigilant with a haunted, hunted look in his eyes. We get the sense of a coiled spring ready to jump into action instantly at need. There is deep irony in seeing such a man wield an ax, till the soil, or mend fence but he does it with grace and absolute economy of motion, no effort wasted. When the inevitable confrontation comes our hero reluctantly proves himself equally adept with his fists as he is fast with the draw. But when he can barely keep his feet after beating down a gang of tough cowhands he is described as being carried out of the bar like a child. He rides off into the sunset gut-shot with what was probably a fatal wound but legends can never die. Several movie versions of the book have been made but you owe it to yourself to read the original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    For anyone interested in the language content

    This book uses bad language and even gosh darn

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Pl0x read this

    I read all the reviews and it sounds like a pointless blind written book for rednecks and hilbilies srry aabout spelling thanks for ur time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Love

    My boyfriends name is Shane. He's absolutly wonderful in every way. I love everything about him. Although his humor could use some work, he can always make me laugh. I feel like its just the two of us when we talk. He always has a kind word when I am upset. He probably won't read this reveiw. I think the whole world should know how wonderful he is.

    This book was fantastic. I loved most all aspects of it. The story was truly touching.

    Love is a magical feeling. Dont ever forget how it feels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    Timeless

    Shane is a book that is never forgotten. It tells of struggle and heartbrake from the perspective of a boy who has the most respect for Shane. The ending leaves you thinking of many things and what could happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2006

    Shane

    This book was one of the most pointless books I have ever read. I guess you could say that I am just not a fan of Western fiction, which is true, but this book had no plot, no point, and was written in a crude fashion. I would not recomend reading this book, and if you have a copy please burn it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    Shane, oh Shadowy Shane

    I really enjoied reading the Shane as a english book. It was mysterious and fasinating. I would like to read some more novels by Jack Shaefer. But I agree with Beth. It was not an outstanding book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    THE BEST OF THE BEST!

    One of the most outstanding book I have read in my lifetime! It is an amazing book to read.If your a western movie fan or an action thriller, this is your kind of book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2004

    A Winner

    The book is a true masterpiece, indeed, and easily one of my favorite books. It seems simple on the surface, but there's a lot more to it than you can see at first. An entire chapter, for example, is about taking out a stump. It's boring if you skim through, but if you stop and think about the truly deep meaning of it all, it's a book that's sure to captivate your attention. There's a lot more to everything here than fighting henchmen in the saloon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2003

    It was just like any other book!

    Well, it wasn't one of those books that you just can't put down. We were given this book in school to read. Our teacher makes us find the deeper meaning and read beetween the lines which makes the story extra boring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    Not just a great book but also my namesake

    How ironic that my father would name me after a character from a Western and I would later become a Western writer (the book "Bounties"). This book, and the movie that followed it, inspired a generation and as long as it's in print it will inspire many more. Even though I rely more on humor than Jack Schaeffer, I have tried to do as he did and keep the tough but good characters like Shane human beings that people can look up to and find goodness in.

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