Shane by Jack SchaeferMy all-time favorite romance is somewhat unusual. But I learned an awful lot about creating a romantic hero from this book. As to be expected, the cattle barons who, for years, have used the wide open plains to feed their herd are not too happy about those fences. The setup is pure dime novel. At first glance, it seems like a clear cut case of good versus evil, right versus wrong, good guys in the white hats, bad guys in the black.
Shane by Jack Schaefer, Book Review
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Published in , this book is a western classic read in schools, but I had never heard of it before. The story is narrated by a young boy, Robert MacPherson Starrett, affectionately known as Bob, and you get to see the spirit of the west, what life was like in the Wyoming Valley in the s, through the eyes of this young lad. In the summer of , Shane rides to the Wyoming Valley, weary, and needing water for both himself and his horse. The cowboy stops at a ranch and asks permission to get some water. After drinking the water and washing his face, he thanks the farmer and his family and is ready to move on. The cowboy introduces himself as Shane. Of course the family is curious about this man, so they ask a lot of questions in many different ways, but Shane sidesteps them, yet he does so in a nice and polite manner.
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Jack Schaefer, a newspaperman turned author of westerns whose best-known work was the novel "Shane," died Thursday at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, N. He was 83 years old. Schaefer, who had lived in Santa Fe for the last 20 years, died of congestive heart failure, said his wife, Louise Deans Schaefer. Schaefer wrote dozens of thoroughly researched westerns and was also an editor of anthologies of western stories. But it is his first novel, "Shane," published in , and the movie that was made from it in starring Alan Ladd, for which he will be best remembered. The story, seen through the eyes of a young boy, deals with a gunfighter who tries to hang up his guns but is drawn to the side of the boy's family and other homesteaders in their struggle to keep from being forced off their land by cattlemen.