The story of ranch life and cowboy living at the turn of the century, this is the classic novel of the American West, which served as a model for many films and later novels. The novel recounts the adventures of a man known only as "the Virginian", a strikingly handsome, 27-year-old, and though unversed in the ways of the world and ignorant in ...Read MoreThe story of ranch life and cowboy living at the turn of the century, this is the classic novel of the American West, which served as a model for many films and later novels. The novel recounts the adventures of a man known only as "the Virginian", a strikingly handsome, 27-year-old, and though unversed in the ways of the world and ignorant in book learning, he has character and personality that inspire respect from all who know him. **Lightning Print On Demand TitleRead Less
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I read somewhere that this book has sold record numbers of copies. It should. There was never written a better Western romance or any other kind of romance.Fooey on Camelot and those posturing Round Table guys with their plumes and flashy scabbords. The Virginian makes them look like woosies.
I fell in love with the Virginian and Molly, the New England school ma'arm whom he courts for three years before she will marry him because she does not want to disgrace her old-line family. Molly is adorable despite her family pride.l
Everything is in here: the cowboys, the roundups, the barbeques with whole steers roasted, the hanging, the shoot-out, the judge and his wonderfyully aristocratic wife, both of whom see how terrific a man the Virginaian is. Mrs. Judges says, "He's too good for her, but he doesn't know it." The judge's wife is right. No woman is good enough for the Virginian. I
read that this book is the model for all Western romances that came afterward. As far as I can tell, this is Owen Wister's only book, cobbled from a series of short cowboy tales that he had written and then patched together to make this one wonderful story.
I have read it twice, and I am going to read it
Feb 26, 2009
The story of a remarkable cowboy, told with humour, mischief, serious, and beauty. Plenty of beautiful vistas, colourful characters, strong friendships, desperate criminals, and even a bit of romance. It is hard to describe the plot since it is told in a series of episodes that gives you time to get to know the characters, but it still is cohesive and a highly recommended read!
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