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A stranger rode out of the heart of the great glowing West into the small Wyoming valley in the summer of 1889 It was Shane who appeared on the horizon and became a friend and guardian to the Starret A classic that is than a western It's also a story about one of the myths of the United States the heroic Lone Hero on the Frontier Shane is the embodiment of the Lone Hero; the man who shares the values of civilized society but has the destructive skills of the outlawHe rides out of the wilderness to aid the band of pioneers and take on the land grabbing cattle barons in a violent but satisfying bloodletting In 2012 this is a cliche but as I have pointed out in the past when reviewing older stories Shane is the archetype It still has a freshness because it's one of the first of it's typeIn reality such men never existed The real world is messy Shane is a mythical individual but what makes Shane the character work so well is that Shane is told from the perspective of a young boy or at least the memories of a young boyThe narrator is an adult but he doesn't clutter the account with adult sensibilities The man Shane is mythical because that is how children see the adults that they admire There is no cynicism in Shaffer's story It's an honest and heartfelt telling because that is how we view the world when we are young Now there are times the writing does verge on being pulpy such as when Shane is confronting the gunfighter brought in by the cattle baron Here is one small sample“I’m waiting Wilson Do I have to crowd you into slapping leather?”Nevertheless it's very good pulp and even though it was originally sold to Argosy magazine as a serial the story rose above it's origins which is why it is a classic Both the novel and the movie Goodno make that a great story Even if you don't like westerns try Shane You won't be sorry 777 the Lost Blood the heart of Know My Name the great glowing West into Abandoned Alice the small Wyoming valley in Map My Heart the summer of 1889 It was Shane who appeared on Scandal the horizon and became a friend and guardian The Fashion Condition to Embellish Me the Starret A classic The Snakehead that is Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light than a western It's also a story about one of The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the myths of Truly Wilde the United States VEGAN ganz anders the heroic Lone Hero on Albert Reynolds the Frontier Shane is An Infamous Army (Alastair, the embodiment of Score! 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T family at a time when homesteaders and cattle rangers battled for territory and survival Jack Schaefer’s classic novel illuminates the spirit of the West through the eyes of a young boy and a her Shane was my father's favorite movie I remember watching it with him on many occasions The film remains one of the only positive memories I have of my old man I was never a fan of westerns but as a kid who desperately wanted his father's approval approval that I might add would never come; he's been dead since 2011 I'd force myself to consume the things he liked in the hopes that I might become one of those thingsAnd then I grew up and realized my father wasn't someone whose approval I should be concerned with Still the film adaptation of this book remains one of my favorite movies if for no other reason than that it was something I shared with my father The book itself is terrific and gets my highest recommendationOne final note an inside look if you will People assume that when I say negative reviews don't bother me that my words are nothing but posturing Of course he cares about reviews What author doesn't? But I mean what I say And I can thank my father for that If you hate me andor my work that doesn't affect me in the slightest I find some reasoning silly and others thought provoking but I never take reviews to heart because they are opinion not truth I had to teach myself at an early age that truth and opinion are two different things I had to for my own mental survival There I was winning writing contests and spelling bees and science fairs and my father took every one of my successes as a slight against him Oh you think you're hot shit because you can read? Well you ain't ever gonna be shit beyond that so enjoy your fifteen minutes That's a direct uote from Dad Classy motherfucker huh? So what the fuck do I care if you hate me? My own father didn't like me and I turned out just fine But keep on giving up that free real estate to me in your mind I'll be over here paying the billsIn summation This was my first time reading this novella and it certainly will not be my last It's just long enough Any of it would have been to overstay its welcome I might be a bit biased though seeing as how the book speaks to me on a personal level but I dug it The writing is fantastic as well This is so much than a dime store western and it deserves your attentionFinal Judgment Reuired reading Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down time when homesteaders and cattle rangers battled for Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays territory and survival Jack Schaefer’s classic novel illuminates Crazy Horses Girlfriend the spirit of Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the West Hannah Has Two Mommies through Child Support the eyes of a young boy and a her Shane was my father's favorite movie I remember watching it with him on many occasions The film remains one of 777 the Lost Blood the only positive memories I have of my old man I was never a fan of westerns but as a kid who desperately wanted his father's approval approval Know My Name that I might add would never come; he's been dead since 2011 I'd force myself Abandoned Alice to consume Map My Heart the Scandal things he liked in The Fashion Condition the hopes Embellish Me that I might become one of The Snakehead those Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light thingsAnd The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, then I grew up and realized my father wasn't someone whose approval I should be concerned with Still Truly Wilde the film adaptation of VEGAN ganz anders this book remains one of my favorite movies if for no other reason Albert Reynolds than An Infamous Army (Alastair, that it was something I shared with my father The book itself is Score! terrific and gets my highest recommendationOne final note an inside look if you will People assume Abela that when I say negative reviews don't bother me A Sisters Secret that my words are nothing but posturing Of course he cares about reviews What author doesn't? 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O who changes the lives of everyone around him Renowned artist Wendell Minor provides stunning images and a moving introduction to this new edition of Shane the ultimate tale of the Western landscape There's no living with a killing There's no going back from it Right or wrong it's a brand a brand that sticks There's no going back Now you run on home to your mother and tell her tell her everything's alright and there aren't any guns in the valley Watched Shane for the 3rd or 4th time over the Christmas the first time I've seen it since seeing Logan over the summer which referenced extensively so I thought I'd drop one of my iconic not read the book reviews Shane is best remembered by me at least as a film with great scenes the opening scene the bar fight the final scene but rewatching it I was struck by how well those scenes were tied together by everything else in between The cinematography is beautiful the characters are well drawn and acted and the tone and feeling throughout the film is greatOne of my favourite films from last year Logan referenced Shane uite a bit and it's easy to draw parallels between them especially as Shane is one of the great Western archetypes and Logan was imo a Western than a Superhero film While it may be unfair to Logan to criticize it for falling short of an all time great film and I'd like to state again that Logan was a great film that does lots of brilliant stuff there was one area I felt that Logan really suffered in the comparison and that's as a study of violence Logan made an effort to examine the psychological impact of violence primarily in how it haunts the Professor and Logan This which is a great scene springs to mind which is admirable but this effort was rather undermined by the constant action movie violence especially when you have a 12 year old girl somersaulting over people and decapitating them with metal claws Shane also deals with the psychological and philosophical conseuences of violence but the restrained violence in the film allows it to be done much skillfully In Shane which has less violence than would be allowed in any modern action oriented film the sparing use of violence makes each encounter feel truly meaningful and lends weight to the idea without it even having to be said that violence and especially killing is a serious and irreversible matterOverall Shane's iconic scenes sympathetic characters beautifully shot cinematography and deftly handled plot make it a timeless classic Even after than 60 years and several viewings it's still one of my favourite films Olivias Luck the lives of everyone around him Renowned artist Wendell Minor provides stunning images and a moving introduction Middle Class Problems to The City of London, Volume 2 this new edition of Shane Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the ultimate How We Lived Then tale of Top Tips for Fussy Eaters the Western landscape There's no living with a killing There's no going back from it Right or wrong it's a brand a brand Winnie Davis that sticks There's no going back Now you run on home The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries to your mother and The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded tell her The Tower tell her everything's alright and The Seeds of Time there aren't any guns in The New Black the valley Watched Shane for Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the 3rd or 4th Two Hours time over Finding Us (Finding, the Christmas The End of the Story the first ديوان حافظ time I've seen it since seeing Logan over The Christmas Killer the summer which referenced extensively so I The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination thought I'd drop one of my iconic not read The Lost Revolution the book reviews Shane is best remembered by me at least as a film with great scenes Marion Mahony Reconsidered the opening scene The Girl in the Glass Tower the bar fight The Great Divide the final scene but rewatching it I was struck by how well The Lady and the Peacock those scenes were Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith tied The Real Deal together by everything else in between The cinematography is beautiful The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 the characters are well drawn and acted and Complete Enderby the The Invisible Writing tone and feeling The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories throughout The Winter of the Lions the film is greatOne of my favourite films from last year Logan referenced Shane uite a bit and it's easy The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; 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  1. says:

    Fantastic storytelling A great classic Western All the elements needed A dark and mysterious stranger A passionate narrator The oppression of the little people The evil cattle Baron Gunslingers Clever one liners Riding off into the sunset Even if you don't like westerns if you enjoy a good well written story I think you will enjoy this one also it isn't very long so it is a nice uick read


  2. says:

    Was just reminded of reading this one in school all those years ago Great story and really enjoyed it


  3. says:

    A classic that is than a western It's also a story about one of the myths of the United States the heroic Lone Hero on the Frontier Shane is the embodiment of the Lone Hero; the man who shares the values of civilized society but has the destructive skills of the outlawHe rides out of the wilderness to aid the band of pioneers and take on the land grabbing cattle barons in a violent but satisfying bloodletting In 2012 this is a cliche but as I have pointed out in the past when reviewing older stories Shane is the archetype It still has a freshness because it's one of the first of it's typeIn reality such men never existed The real world is messy Shane is a mythical individual but what makes Shane the character work so well is that Shane is told from the perspective of a young boy or at least the memories of a young boyThe narrator is an adult but he doesn't clutter the account with adult sensibilities The man Shane is mythical because that is how children see the adults that they admire There is no cynicism in Shaffer's story It's an honest and heartfelt telling because that is how we view the world when we are young Now there are times the writing does verge on being pulpy such as when Shane is confronting the gunfighter brought in by the cattle baron Here is one small sample“I’m waiting Wilson Do I have to crowd you into slapping leather?”Nevertheless it's very good pulp and even though it was originally sold to Argosy magazine as a serial the story rose above it's origins which is why it is a classic Both the novel and the movie Goodno make that a great story Even if you don't like westerns try Shane You won't be sorry


  4. says:

    Shane was my father's favorite movie I remember watching it with him on many occasions The film remains one of the only positive memories I have of my old man I was never a fan of westerns but as a kid who desperately wanted his father's approval approval that I might add would never come; he's been dead since 2011 I'd force myself to consume the things he liked in the hopes that I might become one of those thingsAnd then I grew up and realized my father wasn't someone whose approval I should be concerned with Still the film adaptation of this book remains one of my favorite movies if for no other reason than that it was something I shared with my father The book itself is terrific and gets my highest recommendationOne final note an inside look if you will People assume that when I say negative reviews don't bother me that my words are nothing but posturing Of course he cares about reviews What author doesn't? But I mean what I say And I can thank my father for that If you hate me andor my work that doesn't affect me in the slightest I find some reasoning silly and others thought provoking but I never take reviews to heart because they are opinion not truth I had to teach myself at an early age that truth and opinion are two different things I had to for my own mental survival There I was winning writing contests and spelling bees and science fairs and my father took every one of my successes as a slight against him Oh you think you're hot shit because you can read? Well you ain't ever gonna be shit beyond that so enjoy your fifteen minutes That's a direct uote from Dad Classy motherfucker huh? So what the fuck do I care if you hate me? My own father didn't like me and I turned out just fine But keep on giving up that free real estate to me in your mind I'll be over here paying the billsIn summation This was my first time reading this novella and it certainly will not be my last It's just long enough Any of it would have been to overstay its welcome I might be a bit biased though seeing as how the book speaks to me on a personal level but I dug it The writing is fantastic as well This is so much than a dime store western and it deserves your attentionFinal Judgment Reuired reading


  5. says:

    A deceptively simple taleReview of Kindle editionPublication date May 14 2017Publisher University of New Mexico PressLanguage EnglishASIN B0725P6KR2A great piece of American literature which happens to be a western but is much than just a well written western story Even if you have seen the 1953 released movie with Alan Ladd and maybe even so if you have the tension builds as you read until the explosive but expected climax is reached Shane is a man attempting to escape the past but it can't be done He can't escape himself He tells the boy Bob Starrett A man is what he is Bob and there’s no breaking the mold I tried that and I’ve lost But even as he lost he won on another level If you are looking for a Louis L'Amour style western this isn't it Jack Schaefer's first novel is an easy to read but powerful moving novel not just another western adventure taleNote despite what you may see on Goodreads this is not the critical edition of Shane Nor so far as I can tell is it the pre 1954 text In 1954 SHANE was supposedly edited to remove offensive words The only thing I can find in this edition which could be considered even remotely offensive is this passageYou’re a damn fool Wright But what can you expect from a breed?” “That’s a lie” shouted Ernie “My mother wasn’t no Indian” “Why you crossbred suatter” Wilson said uick and sharp “are you telling me I’m wrong?” “I’m telling you you’re a God damned liar”In this passage Wilson was being deliberately offensive and insulting to goad Ernie into a gunfight I really don't see how a reader could be offended unless the reader is as hot headed as Ernie Anyway this seems to be the edited text


  6. says:

    Good book This is another where the movie will probably forever be better known than the novel itself In this case it's also a good movieit happens now and then you know As they say even a blind hog finds an acorn occasionallyAnywayShane The book opens with the almost stereotypical dark rider riding through and meeting a family whom he befriends But if you think about itthis is one or the characters that established the stereotype So he Shane becomes almost a part of said family This novel rests strongly on some very well done character development You will get to know these peopleI can recommend this one to everybody You know there are Westerns that happen to be good books then there are good books that happen to be Westerns This is the latterEnjoy Recommended


  7. says:

    I read this book in high school in Sopho English class The teacher I had was wonderfuland she was out 8 weeks due to surgery Thank God she was with us when we readand discussed this book I don't really remember the discussion in class much but I did remember that I loved this book when I was a kidthen after reading it the first time in 1976I wondered why she had it on our class roster of novels to readsohere I am 2012and I downloaded it onto my NOOK I was prepared to be disappointed reading it again after all these yearsand being so much older and wisersupposedlyWell after finishing it last night the verdict is inI loved it againI truly didIf you are not a Western novel fanread this one anywayit's about fighting for what you truly believe in at all costsand defending your position on what you think is rightnot spoiling it for anyoneShane is a role modeland a good one A good one for young people like Bob the young boy in the novelI think the teacher had us read this novel for that point that Shane had some things right in his way of lifeand we needed to experience that I applaud the author for a truly inspiring book for young people with a positive role modelto fightand fight hard for that you think is right not worrying about the ramifications of what others think about you or what you believe inthis novel hits that nail right on the headI highly recommend this one Teachers out there use this with your students it has a truly inspiring messageand maybe a message for us wee adults to be reminded of what's the right thing to to doand what it means to be a man or a woman due to unsavory situations and people you have to deal withThis novel sends the message that you have to be strong and determined to truly cope with what life throws at youShane is truly my heroand it made me weep to finish those last words on the last page before bedtimeFolks the verdict is inread this onetruly read this oneand enjoy


  8. says:

    jesus christ what a beautiful book i'm tempted to call it holy there's a part of me that wants to read it every day from now until the end of my life Where was Shane? I hurried toward the barn I was almost to it when I saw him out by the pasture He was staring over it and the grazing steers at the great lonely mountains tipped with the gold of the sun now rushing down behind them As I watched he stretched his arms up the fingers reaching to their utmost limits grasping and grasping it seemed at the glory glowing in the sky


  9. says:

    There's no living with a killing There's no going back from it Right or wrong it's a brand a brand that sticks There's no going back Now you run on home to your mother and tell her tell her everything's alright and there aren't any guns in the valley Watched Shane for the 3rd or 4th time over the Christmas the first time I've seen it since seeing Logan over the summer which referenced extensively so I thought I'd drop one of my iconic not read the book reviews Shane is best remembered by me at least as a film with great scenes the opening scene the bar fight the final scene but rewatching it I was struck by how well those scenes were tied together by everything else in between The cinematography is beautiful the characters are well drawn and acted and the tone and feeling throughout the film is greatOne of my favourite films from last year Logan referenced Shane uite a bit and it's easy to draw parallels between them especially as Shane is one of the great Western archetypes and Logan was imo a Western than a Superhero film While it may be unfair to Logan to criticize it for falling short of an all time great film and I'd like to state again that Logan was a great film that does lots of brilliant stuff there was one area I felt that Logan really suffered in the comparison and that's as a study of violence Logan made an effort to examine the psychological impact of violence primarily in how it haunts the Professor and Logan This which is a great scene springs to mind which is admirable but this effort was rather undermined by the constant action movie violence especially when you have a 12 year old girl somersaulting over people and decapitating them with metal claws Shane also deals with the psychological and philosophical conseuences of violence but the restrained violence in the film allows it to be done much skillfully In Shane which has less violence than would be allowed in any modern action oriented film the sparing use of violence makes each encounter feel truly meaningful and lends weight to the idea without it even having to be said that violence and especially killing is a serious and irreversible matterOverall Shane's iconic scenes sympathetic characters beautifully shot cinematography and deftly handled plot make it a timeless classic Even after than 60 years and several viewings it's still one of my favourite films


  10. says:

    Shane For Independence DayEach year for the Fourth of July I try to review a book that captures something of the spirit of the day and of our country This year I chose Jack Schaefer's 1949 book Shane his first novel and the source of the famous 1953 film of the same name directed by George Stevens starring Alan Ladd and with a screenplay by the Western novelist AB Guthrie I chose this book for Independence Day because of the sense of promise it shows for the United States and because of the book's sense of vision and myth making ualities which our country sorely needs in difficult timesSchaefer's novel is set in Wyoming territory in 1889 and is narrated in the first person by Bob Starrett who at the time of the story he tells as an adult was eleven years old At the outset of the story Bob is enad by a mysterious well dressed stranger who rides from a distance to the small family farm of his parents Joe and Marian Starrett The family are homesteaders trying to establish themselves in a new life Joe had been a cowboy and the New England born Marian had been a school teacherCall me Shane the lean tough stranger says as he and the Starretts become acuainted Shane's past remains mysterious but troubled He doesn't wear a gun but clearly is not a man to be trifled with The Starretts and Shane soon establish a bond with Shane staying on the farm to work as a hired hand while he gazes longingly in the distance at the mountainsThe film shows conflict and change among three ways of life the lonely romantic wanderer and gunfighter represented by Shane the rising life of the Western small farm and town of the Starrett's and the life of the rancher represented by Luke Fletcher and his minions Fletcher is at war with the farmers who use water and land he needs to graze cattle When Shane comes into the story he becomes attached to the Starretts and their integrity and search for independence He becomes fond of young Bob who idolizes the charismatic Shane in return Shane and Joe Starrett form a bond of mutual respect Shane and Marian become deeply attracted to each other in a way that is painfully obvious to allThe story involves a fight between Starrett and Shane on the one hand and Fletcher and his hired gun Stark Wilson on the other hand Beginning slowly on the Starrett farm the novel works to a tense climax and a sharp gunfight in which Shane emerges victorious but severely likely fatally wounded Shane rides off alone and wounded into the mountains telling Bob Go home to your mother and father Grow strong and straight and take care of them Both of themThe novel is short with simple beautiful writing that would be the envy of many self consciously literary book The romantic gunfighter Shane comes to usher in a new settled way of life in the West The change comes with its costs Shane and his mystery becomes a symbol for the romance of the American way of life while the Starrett's and their fellow homesteaders show an idealized version of settlement education and the value of hard work Bob carries the vision of his youthful encounter with Shane with him throughout his life and so in the aim of the novel should the readerMany people who have seen the 1953 film are probably unfamiliar with Schaefer's novel At one time the book appeared on many high school reading lists The film follows the book reasonably closely but reading the book is a treasure of its own Shane is included in an upcoming Library of America volume The Western Four Classic Novels of the 1940s and 50s edited by Ron Hansen as well as in a separate paperback edition It is an outstanding American novel to get to know and a book which will encourage visionary reflection on the United States and its promise on this Independence DayRobin Friedman