Riders of the Purple Sage (Annotated)
Riders of the Purple Sage (Annotated)

Riders of the Purple Sage (Annotated)

by Zane Grey

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ISBN-13: 9781944986483
Publisher: Sastrugi Press
Publication date: 01/23/2019
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Born in 1875, Zane Grey was raised in Zanesville, Ohio, a town founded by his mother’s family. His passion for the American West was aroused in 1907 when Grey toured the West with Buffalo Jones, a noted hunter and adventurer. Grey published a total of 85 books — popular adventure novels that idealized the Western frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage remains his best-known book. He died in 1939 in California.

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Riders of the Purple Sage 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
dec0558 More than 1 year ago
To "Do Your Reserach First" I say that YOU should do your research first into Mormon history before commenting on a novel that even Mormon historians and artists hail as a great work of American literature. I am a Mormon, a BYU graduate and a Mormon historians myself. Every point you made about 19th century Utah Mormon culture, church governments and history in your review below is incorrect. Obviously you are either an LDS convert or you've done little if any reserach into your own history. The so-called "Avenging Angels" (Danites) of Pioneer Utah WERE a reality. Bill Hickman and Porter Rockwell were among the most famous of them--and among the most famous (and violent) Gun fighters of the old West. You also seem to overlook that the portrayal of the Mormons in "Riders of the Purple Sage" is mostly positive. The heroin IS a Mormon and REMAINS a Mormon. Since the novel is set in 1870's Utah where 99% of the population was Mormon, it makes complete sense that both the "Good guys" and the "bad guys" in the novel should BOTH be Mormons. When I attended Brigham Young University in the 1980s and took a class in Mormon Literature, "Riders of the Purple Sage" was required reading.
Zane Grey spent a great deal of his life living in "Mormon Country" (the Rocky Mountain states where Mormons then made up the majority of the population.) He knew what he was writing about.

Now for everyone else reading this: If you want to know the origin of the Western novel read "Riders of the Pruple Sage." It is THE book that created the genre. (And other Mormons should be proud that the FIRST American Western is a Mormon story. Mormons were--after all--the first white Americans to settle in the western states.)
aka_Mariabella More than 1 year ago
The rugged West was once a great hunger for the United States. The Western was gobbled up by young and old and the spirit of adventure was very much alive. As time has progressed and technology has sped up all processes to hyper speed - the West and its adventure have become dusty and old. As I get older, I yearn for the 'old days' and crave to know what it was like to live in the time of the pioneers. Reading Riders of the Purple Sage allowed me to take a glimpse into a rough and tumble past and explore a region and time I will never get to experience. Its hard to imagine a time when the law of the land was the one with the biggest gun and the best shooting. Or a time when women had few, if any options to them and were essentially at the mercy of the men around them. As fascinating as the characters in the book - what I got from Riders of the Sage was the raw majesty of the land surrounding them. The Sage, the cliffs, the towns became characters for me within the book. Even if I were to travel to the far flung areas that were once the border of the Western frontier; it would not be the same. Time and technology will have invariably changed it as it has all of the world. Zane Grey brought to life the stark nature of the West and its people. I think it is time for us to explore a little bit of what we once were as a country - even if it is through a little great fiction. Zane Grey had a great way of capturing the West and giving us a glimpse into how it was won. While many who read the book might rail at the portrayal of Mormonism - I didn't really see it as a study of the religion. Merely one viewpoint of Mormonism at the time. I found meaning in the 10,000 foot view as it were - and saw it as a great 'study' of the West.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first of three Zane Grey books that I read in the last month. Having visited the south west recently for the first time, these books really came alive for me. I plan to read every Zane Grey book that I can get my hands on and reccommend his books highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not since A Tale of Two Cities have I read an author with such command of the English language. Perhaps what sets Grey apart from most other authors is his description of action. One of the chase scenes is absolutely breathtaking. And when I closed the book, I said aloud, 'Wow, that was perfect.'
Pearl_Tan More than 1 year ago
Westerns are not my thing, but the author uses beautiiful language. Ending is a bit sudden, but made me interested in the sequel, "the Rainbow Bridge."
SusieKS More than 1 year ago
My father, who is 104, loves Zane Grey and loved this book. With the large print it made it easy for him to read and enjoy. He loves to read these books over and over and I am sure this one will be read many times. The paperback version was a lot easier for him to handle as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in college as part of a course on Specialty Writing. Zane Gray and Louis L'Amour were both held up as the writers who defined the genre of the Western. Not only is this a great novel, it IS a historically accurate one! Notwithstanding people who want to ignore the often extremely bloody history of the Mormon church, this book simply tells it like it is! Zane writes this books against the backdrop of a religion that had Avenging Angels to enforce the will of Brigham Young. That's even in the Mormon written histories! These weren't just a few 'excommunicated' renegades. No! These were sanctioned bullies who killed and beat and burned their way into history. Let's not forget that the United States government sent troops to deal with the polygamous tyrants who ran Utah. That was the Utah War. We should not rewrite history to make certain folks feel better. That's not right. If we can talk about the Spanish Inquisition for the Catholics or the murder of innocent men, women, children and religious by King Henry the 8th or the cruelties supported by the Southern Baptists during the Jim Crow days down South, then I'm afraid that a well written, novel on a bunch of bully boys is in order too. This is a well done novel full of suspense and action and TRUTH with only the names changed to protect the very guilty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the setting
wroberthelms More than 1 year ago
The type on this version is too small. When I bumped the font size up one notch it was then too big. I don't recommend this version. Buy the $0.99 version instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the descriptions of nature and of humanity. In true American style story telling, the ending was a happy one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO REAL..
JoAnnSmithAinsworth on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I was looking to learn about action writing. There were some examples in climbing rocks and horse riding, but the logic of the novel fell apart for me and I stopped.
moonimal on LibraryThing 10 months ago
For all its fame as a western novel, this is really a love story (two, actually) that never quite makes it to being a tragedy.A soap opera in which everyone turns out to be something more than they appear at first, this was a bit of a surprise at first, but I was rooting for the good guys the whole way through. Disturbing bit of writing - two of the main 'western confrontation' scenes, in which the good guys ride to town to confront the bad guys, are told by secondary characters after the fact. Disappointing use of the narrative, to say the least.
Kendall41 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I found this book to be, first and foremost, anti-Mormon, and I am not Mormon.
jrtanworth on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book sold 1 million copies in 1912 at the height of an anti-Mormon fever.Today, it seems bigoted and bombastic. However, the descriptions of Southern Utah mesa country and feats of horsemanship are great.
gaskella on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A while ago I received a copy of the Oxford World¿s Classics catalogue inviting me to ask for any books I¿d like to review on my blog. Where to start! I could have chosen hundreds, but one in particular leapt out at me from a genre I¿d never read before.The evocative title has a lot to do with it (and there¿s a band called New Riders of the Purple Sage). I grew up with Westerns ¿ The Virginian, Alias Smith & Jones and The High Chapparal on TV, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood on film. Having worked in a library for my Saturday job in the late 1970s, I had heard of Zane Grey, Louis Lamour, JT Edson and others ¿ they were quite popular then, so the author¿s distinctive name did ring a bell. Indeed, I¿ve enjoyed modern novels in a similar vein too ¿ Cormac McCarthy¿s Border Trilogy was superb. Could this book, one of the originals in the genre, hold its own against all the above?Pearl Zane Grey (his real name) was born in Ohio in 1872. He won a baseball scholarship to Penn where he studied dentistry ¿ but he always wanted to become a writer. He was a bit of a lad too, and would often disappear off hunting, fishing or visiting old girlfriends! However, with his wife¿s help, he developed his writing career. Inspired by another classic western novel The Virginian by Owen Wister, Riders as I¿ll call it for short, was Grey¿s greatest novel; published in 1912 it was fairly early in his long career which made him a millionaire.The first few paragraphs set the scene beautifully¿"A sharp clip-clop of iron-shod hoofs deadened and died away, and clouds of yellow dust drifted from under the cottonwoods out over the sage.Jane Withersteen gazed down the wide purple slope with dreamy and troubled eyes. A rider had just left her and it was his message that held her thoughtful and almost sad, awaiting the churchmen who were coming to resent and attack her right to befriend a Gentile.She wondered if the unrest and strife that had lately come to Cottonwoods was to involve her. And then she sighed, remembering that her father had founded this remotest border settlement of southern Utah and that he had left it to her. She owned all the ground and many of the cottages. Withersteen House was hers, and the great ranch, with its thousands of cattle, and swiftest horses of the sage. To her belonged Amber Spring, the water which gave verdure and beauty to the village and made living possible on that wild purple upland waste. She could not escape being involved by whatever befell Cottonwoods."That was enough to totally transport me into this frontier world ¿ after a mere few pages I was totally hooked. You can see the landscape with its sagebrush, and coppery red canyons in the distance. What was particularly surprising, is that the main character is a woman ¿ a strong one at that; but also that even in the frontier villages of the wild west there is intolerance ¿ here between the Mormons and the Gentiles.Jane, being an heiress, is under immense pressure to wed the Mormon preacher, and he and his men don¿t like the friendship she has with Bern Venters. They drive Venters out of town so to speak, but Jane is saved from enforced marriage by the arrival of the gunman Lassiter who stays to help, and has a quest of his own. The Mormons plan a war of attrition on Jane ¿ their women spy on her, their men stop working for her, and one of her herds of cattle is rustled. Jane struggles with her religion, finding it hard to see evil, and always wanting to look after her folk, but it¿s not until she adopts an orphan child of one of her tenants that her eyes are opened and she lets herself find true love. Meanwhile Venters who is hiding in the canyons, discovers the rustlers base of operations, and shoots one of them known as the Masked Rider ¿ the identity of whom is another story.I won¿t tell you any more of the plot to save spoiling it, but this novel has a bit of everything you could expect from a Western ¿ cowboys, horses, rustlers, preachers,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They used poor software to scan. Many unreadable passages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong characters and a believable story without a definitive ending that leaves one's imagination to finish the story, I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delightful read! ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty brown she cat walks in "may I join? My name is nightfall. Im sort of related to skyfall"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits his tail curled around his paws
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A feiry ginger she cat walks in with flaming wings "im here to join" she snarls folding in her wings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heyo who is leader
Sannois More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and memorable, but I'll never recommend it. My main complaint is that  Zane Grey only knows one way to describe the sage: it's purple. And if I have to read "and close forever the outlet to Deception Pass" I will gouge out my eyes. When writers use a phrase like that enough that I notice it, it is a bad thing. I read this because I recently discovered the western genre and Zane Grey's name is plastered all over recommended western lists and apparently this is his best western. If that's so, I don't think I'll be reading another of his books. Elmore Leonard wrote way better Westerns. As a Mormon, I would have been a little offended at his depiction of my religion if it weren't so laughably inaccurate. I'm not denying that after being driven out of the United States by mobs and into the middle of nowhere, some men may have violently defended their rights. And maybe they got used to that and ended up going too far. And there may have been corrupt leaders, but it's like Grey had only heard of a religious group called Mormons who settled the desert and who practiced polygamy. And that's where his knowledge stopped. The rest he made up to tell a story. So if you read this book, remember Grey was not a Mormon and take his depiction with a grain (or the whole shaker) of salt. Whatever. The general plot was pretty good and the imagery was great. I liked how some people died you wish hadn't and some lived who you wished had died. They were all pretty much only really minor characters, but a story where only the bad guys die and all the good guys live isn't really a great story. Some things were predictable, like all the relationships (especially the four main protagonists), the horse situation and the last page or so. Totally saw that coming, except Lassiter's mood swing. What? Considering what he was doing during that chapter up to that point, that seems like an unlikely - and radical - change of character, especially in light of their imminent situation. Actually that whole last chapter could be skipped. The action is decent, but there's a character who shows up for no good reason. Grey really forced that person's appearance. And the book ends so abruptly it's uncomfortable. You know what else he forced? *SPOILER ALERT* Lassiter liked to roll stones when he was younger. Who cares? That's a weird detail to share with someone you met once a couple of months ago. And the story would work fine without it. But really, it's a pretty good story. I felt like it was a western romance instead of the western adventure I expected, but still good. Also, the edition I have didn't have a map, which would have been nice to have when following Venters' story. So if you can, get a copy with a map.
chuckinTX More than 1 year ago
This was the first Zane Grey book I've read (my father used to read them) but this one caught my eye and once started, I couldn't stop. Excellent writer.