Review: Riders of the Purple Sage

Riders of the Purple Sage
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz If you come to this book hoping for a rip-snortin’ classic Western, pass it by. What you’re in for is pages and pages of repetitive description and second-hand action. The action sequences was the most frustrating part of the read. Gray would build up to them, then wouldn’t show the action. Instead, he’d have the person who did the action (or sometimes just saw it) come back and tell another character what happened.

There was also too much emphasis on the character of Jane. She just wasn’t strong enough, in my opinion, to be such an important viewpoint character. How’d she hold that land for so long with all the strength of a wet noodle?

It isn’t a horrible book, but it the overkill of description, usually of the landscape, and the handling of action scenes will likely prevent me from ever giving it a second read.

On a side note, it was interesting to read this book during a time when a Mormon is a major player in the presidential election. I kept picturing Mitt Romney in the major Mormon villain roles.

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2 responses to “Review: Riders of the Purple Sage”

  1. Oh no! This is a masterpiece of western writing literature – easily one of America’s finest novels – Jane in the context of being a Mormon woman in 1871 in SE Utah’s remote and textured landscapes, is womanly-strong and conflicted-proud of her Mormon heritage. This reads beautifully and moves, both the action passages and the story together.

    1. Well, it wasn’t my cup of tea, at least at the moment. i guess I was expecting more shoot’em-up action when I picked it up. Maybe I’ll revisit it later and enjoy it more. Thanks for the comment!

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