West Of The Pecos

West Of The Pecos

eBook - 2016
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From one of the bestselling western novelists of all time, comes another classic story. Templeton Lambeth had so desperately wanted a son and heir to ride by his side through the vast, wild ranges just west of the Pecos River. But to his disappointment, his wife bore a girl. His hopes crushed and in denial, he decides to raise his daughter as if she were a boy. In honor of Lambeth's more successful brother, they named her: Terrill. Upon the arrival of the Civil War, Lambeth enlists in Lee's army, leaving behind his wife and tomboy daughter, with hopes to reconcile living in the shadow of his brother. By the time the war ends, Lambeth returns a colonel and his wife has passed. Tired of his old life as a cotton planter, he packs up with his tomboy daughter, Rill, and heads for the alluring western frontier to start anew. After they arrive in the West, the Colonel is brutally murdered. Rill, disguised as a youth of eighteen who rode with the toughest, is left to fend for herself in the Wild West swarming with outlaws. Enter the one they called Pecos Smith a rugged desperado with a mysterious past and one bad reputation. Though, he may not be what he seems. Filled with adventure, bandits, and the beautiful landscape of America in its formative years, West of the Pecos is a classic tale by one of the greatest novelists of the American west.
Publisher: [United States] : Skyhorse Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781510703476
1510703470
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Jun 23, 2017

I came across a reference to this book in Bill Bryson's travelogue, The Lost Continent. Bryson had visited the last home of President/General Eisenhower which is a memorial and tourist attraction for the late President of the United States. On the nightstand was Zane Grey's, West of the Pecos. According to Wikipedia, Zane Grey was Eisenhower's favorite author. Grey, of course, was a best selling author of "westerns" and I believe originated the story of The Lone Ranger that was made into a TV series in the 1950s and more recently a movie. I therefore had high expectations of this novel but I should have recalled that it was written in the 1930s (the CPL's copy is a quite recent reprint). Given its vintage, I should have expected that it would have reflected its times and moreover it was set in the period immediately following the American Civil War. The book is misogynist and racist and uses racial epithets that are totally unacceptable today. Since it is a period piece we might understand this, we might even understand the CPL using taxpayers money to buy a reprint of a best selling western author but perhaps we cannot forgive them for buying a book that uses tortuous prose and laughable stereotypes. I confess I couldn't finish a book with such excruciating writing. My thanks to the Crowfoot Librarian who explained to me how to write this comment. :)
Nigel Waters

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