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Jack Schaefer (1907–1991)

Autor(a) de Shane

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About the Author

After receiving his B.A. from Oberlin College and doing graduate work at Columbia University, Schaefer spent most of his adult life working as a journalist. His first novel, Shane (1949), a portrait of a gunfighter trying to escape his violent past, was a success. Schaefer covers a variety of mostrar mais themes in his work, including the relationship of the individual to the community and how people overcome obstacles while maintaining their integrity. His characterizations are often memorable, and he has a gift for writing dialogue that sounds realistic. Critic Fred Erisman has remarked that "Schaefer brings to his writing a clear-cut sense of professionalism, a deeply felt commitment to the story-teller's craft, and a keen ear for the spoken word." (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Jack Schaefer

Shane (1949) 1,812 exemplares
Old Ramon (1960) 323 exemplares
Shane [1953 film] (1953) — Novel — 186 exemplares
Monte Walsh (1970) 118 exemplares
The Canyon (1961) 33 exemplares
Shane and Other Stories (1949) 32 exemplares
Company of Cowards (1958) 31 exemplares
Four Great Novels of the West (1994) 31 exemplares
Mavericks (1967) 17 exemplares
First Blood (1953) 11 exemplares
The Pioneers (1956) 10 exemplares

Associated Works

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old (2002) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
A Century of Great Western Stories-An Anthology of Western Fiction (2000) — Contribuidor — 104 exemplares
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (1982) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
Adventure Stories (1988) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Great Tales of the West (1982) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Stories to Remember: Literary Heritage Series (1967) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Gentle Like a Cyclone: Stories of Horses and Their Riders (1974) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



The Western includes 4 novels well know to older readers who remember reading these novels. Each represent the old western stories the writers had heard from older participants whether they were true or not. The truth didn't really matter, it was the storytelling that made it interesting to read. 3 of the stories were later made into films such as John Wayne's "The Searchers." Those who love entertaining tales of the old west will enjoy these.
walterhistory | 2 outras críticas | Apr 24, 2024 |
I truly enjoyed this one. I generally like lone-wolf stories and Shane is just that, story of a mysterious rider that comes to the small town and finds himself helping them against the oppression. It is clear that this western [and others with similar story lines that followed] were an inspiration to the writers of modern day knights errant like Jack Reacher.

Told from the perspective of a young boy, Bob Starrett, in opening chapter we witness the arrival of a lone rider who identifies himself only as Shane. Recognized by Bob's father, Joe, as someone who can help on the Starrett farm, Shane decides to accept the offer and help the Starrett's. It is obvious that Shane has troubled past but he does not let anything slip so he remains an enigma to the family. But even that does not stop Starrett's from almost adopting Shane and Shane completely warming up to this hard working family. For Joe's son Bob, Shane's mystery proves to be the absolute magnet - he follows him around trying to learn as much as he can from him, from handling the horse, gun to other works he is involved on the farm.

Of course problem/conflict come in in form of powerful rancher who wants farmers to leave what he considers to be his land (ever present conflict on the great plains of America). And this is where Shane decides to stand up and protect family he became part of.

What I liked here is that Starrett family is grounded, practical and they are true family. Joe immediately recognizes that Shane would be a great asset to his farm and when Shane decides to help, it becomes obvious that harmonious family life is something that Shane is missing dearly. Slowly, as days pass by in interaction with Starrett's Shane's starts to go back to what can be considered normal life [from whatever he was trying to escape from].

As confrontation between ranchers and farmers starts to escalate we can see how Shane acknowledges that violence, no matter how he tries to run away from it, has its place in defense of good people. He can be deadly [bot unarmed and armed] when needed but he shows that he does not endorse the violence on itself. At the end his decision to ride away is driven by the fact that he is back where he was at the beginning of the story and can never go back to farming life. Violence follows him, such is the nature of the world, and he does not want people he likes to get hurt because of it.

Excellent western, got me glued from the first pages to the very end.

Highly recommended.
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Zare | 41 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
I expected more, as I read this book after hearing glowing reviews for it. Maybe I am a shallow person.
ilsevr1977 | 41 outras críticas | Sep 27, 2023 |
Schaefer is most well known for [Shane], especially with the famous film version. This diminutive read tells the story of Little Bear, who is a bit of a willing outcast because of his unusual perspective on warring with other tribes. He lights out for a coming of age ritual and experiences a vision. in a starving and sleepless fog, he falls into an undiscovered canyon and breaks his leg. Over the next few months, he recuperates and proves himself to himself. Eventually, he makes his way back to his band where he carries a mystical quality and proves himself to the others. He returns to the canyon with his bride and starts a family there. Soon, he learns that the canyon was less important in his life than his own identity.

The book was enjoyable and well-written. But it gets the fourth star for the detailed understanding Schaefer of the culture Schaefer communicates. it's hard to say whether Schaefer's understanding is accurate, as I'm unfamiliar with the details of this tribe's culture at the time. And I suspect Schaefer would suffer in these modern times from cultural appropriation criticism. But he exhibits an uncommon empathy for the people and an easy demonstration of the shared human condition regardless of the specific ethnicity of the characters.

4 bones!!!!
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blackdogbooks | 2 outras críticas | May 30, 2023 |



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