Shane, the traveller and ex-gunfighter, a mysterious gunman who enters into the life of Joe Starrett and his family and carves a place for himself in their hearts. Although he tries to leave his gunslinging past behind, refusing to even carry a gun, he decides to fight Fletcher and Wilson, the town enemies, in order to save Joe Starrett’s farm.
“He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89, a slim man, dressed in black. ‘Call me Shane,’ he said. He never told us more. There was a deadly calm in the valley that summer, a slow, climbing tension that seemed to focus on Shane. ‘There’s something about him,’ Mother said. ‘Something...dangerous...’ ‘He’s dangerous all right,’ Father said, ‘...but not to us...’ ‘He’s like one of these here slow burning fuses,’ the mule skinner said. ‘Quiet...so quiet you forget it’s burning till it sets off a hell of a blow of trouble. And there’s trouble brewing.’”
The story of Shane is seen through the eyes of Bob Starrett, the farmer's boy who befriends Shane. Bob takes the reader out of the realm of adulthood. Looking at Shane and life through his eyes allows a different perspective, one of awe and reverence and one tempered by the boyishness of the Old West.©1949 Jack Schaefer (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This is the unforgettable novel of a boy’s love and a gunman’s struggle to escape his past. Shane, published in 1949, was made into a critically acclaimed movie in 1953 and became a standard by which later westerns were judged.
“The author has created a tale which captivates the reader’s attention from beginning to end. His skill in depicting a character, a situation, or a mood, with a minimum of words, gives the story a tightly woven quality often lacking in present-day novels. The book almost demands completion in one sitting.” (Library Journal)
“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)
"Narrative and literary superiority." (Kirkus Reviews)
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coming of age
currently, nothing that i have read. its a straight up western story telling the coming of age of a small boy.
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i did not. there were no surprises. just a good wholesome tale.
had to read this for college american literature class
I first read this story in my early teens and have re-read it a couple of times since. Every time my understanding of the story grows and I love it even more.
I was worried that the narration might spoil the story as it was my first time listening to an audio recording of "Shane". I was not disappointed in the performance. The narration flowed easily and never once distracted me with awkward intonations. I will definitely be listening to it again.
If you've never read the story "Shane", and love westerns, I highly recommend you read the text or listen to this audio book. The movie, with all due respect to those involved with it, was an exceedingly poor portrayal of this very powerful story that captures the essence of all that is good in the genre.
Additionally, I recommend "Monte Walsh" also by Jack Schaefer and "The Virginian" by Owen Wister, both available in audio format through Audible.
Well Guthrie, I finally read 'Shane'. You told me it would be my kind of book. I had to wait 60 years though, but I paid up. In the mean time I have watched the Movie with Alan Ladd about a hundred times and now the cycle is complete.
Chopping and clearing the stump with Joe.
Pouring the soda-pop on Chris then laying him out on the floor.
Of course, the end.
A great book for dad or mom to read to son.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Shane is a relic of a simpler time, when men communicated primarily through grunts and head nods.
In my high school, many students had Shane as required reading. I unfortunately missed out on this, and instead was assigned Ethan Frome. I can't help but wonder if my love for literature was delayed because of this unfortunate circumstance.
Shane is a really fun book. Its the first Western I've read, and though I enjoy the Western movie genre (somewhat), I never thought I could get the same experience out of a novel.
Shane gives us heroes and villains, good men and bad men. The world in which Shane exists is not real life. It's the reality of a Western. Shane is not a man, he's a superman. And relationships don't evolve over time. People meet and know exactly how they feel about each other before a word is spoken.
I went into this book knowing nothing about it. I thought it would be a bit heavier, but was pleased to find that it was a fun read, with just enough subtext and to keep it feeling sophisticated.
Story: I never saw the movies and I did not get some of the comedy take-offs I saw growing up. I enjoyed the story but the writing was much better. It interesting that the writer did not live or visit the west before he wrote the book.
Performance: The reader is excellent. The production was very good.
A tall, dark and handsome (and mysterious) dude ride into town 'on the wind' (if you will).
Who is he? Where is he going? Where is he from? Nobody knows.
A boy is the first-person narrator in this story. When the 'stranger' arrives asking for water for he and his horse, the father welcomes the stranger and asks him to stay-on for a while. It just so happens that trouble is brewing (and has been for a while). The two men form a strong bond. Although the bond between the two men lacks a clear explanation in the story, we see that the two men illustrate many strengths and virtues, set in a world of fear and weakness (and wickedness).
I was curious about whether the author was trying to make a larger statement. I found that other commentators also speculated about who 'Shane' might be trying to represent.
Some of the speculations include:
A Jekyll-Hyde persona
Embodiment of The Western Hero
Death (think Clint Eastwood in 'Pale Rider')
A Savior Figure (like Christ)
*I do not think this can be compared to the movie. The book is aging much better!
I Had previously seen the movie but never read the book. The book covered much more and the story in some places differed from the film. I enjoyed the book much more. Some parts were a bit non family oriented, but it it was enjoyable. It would be much more interesting if infuture audible books when conversations were taking place, that other voices were heard.
The narrative is strong and all of the characters are well-drawn. The reading was excellent; a thoroughly enjoyable performance of this classic.
"The best western I have ever read"
enigmatic, cold and sad
None as a western it sits alone in its insight. Probably should not be classed as a western really as most of the genre is pulp.
It delights makes me thoughtful and sad.
Not to be missed
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