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Book Title: Raiders of Spanish Peaks|
The author of the book: Zane Grey
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 541 KB
Date of issue: April 28th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780061003936
Read full description of the books Raiders of Spanish Peaks:I've read a few hundred books in my day, but this one was an experience.
I couldn't believe how casually and how often the word "nigger" was used, both in reference to a black man, and also the characters using that for the black man's name.
And of course, they referred to Mexicans as "greasers."
Also, instead of a character saying something followed by "he exclaimed," Grey has a prolific habit of writing "he ejaculated." That phrase probably showed up more than two dozen times in this book.
Granted, Grey's books spanned from 1909 to his death in 1939 "(Raiders of Spanish Peaks" was published in 1938), and I know times were different, but it's still seems shocking.
To be fair, unlike some of my friends who say these western "horseshit and gun-smoke" books are the best, I never read one. Then, one of my best friends going on 40 years, died. He always bragged how he read the entire Zane Grey collection and loved them. So, in his memory, I decided to read one. My eldest daughter works at the local library and I asked her to bring me one - just grab one at random. It was this one, Raiders of Spanish Peaks.
I know Zane Grey is almost an American icon, along with John Wayne, etc., and I don't want to be negative if I can help it, but I won't be reading another one if I can help it. Now I know where B movie westerns get their scripts. I guess that's how I can best describe it -- if you want to see a great western, something along the lines of True Grit or Unforgiven. Then compare that to some of the old western serials, and you have this type of story/plot/character/writing. It's not so bad as to want to tear your eyes out, but I'll never recommend one.
An old friend of mine who runs a very large used book store, who is a gold mine of literary knowledge, agreed that if you want to read a western, Zane Grey is not the way to go. He suggests Johnstone or L'Amour, saying they're great.
Read information about the authorPearl Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. As of June 2007, the Internet Movie Database credits Grey with 110 films, one TV episode, and a series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater based loosely on his novels and short stories.
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