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Riders of the Purple Sage is hailed as a western classic. It is the story of a gunslinger, Lassiter, who shows up just in time to save a beautiful Rancher, Jane Withersteen, from being forcefully married to a Mormon elder.
What makes this book stand out?
The book is arguably the best Zane Grey novel and is one of the most popular books of its genre. The book acknowledges every ounce of recognition that Grey got.
Read it for
Being a western classic, it clears an air of suspicion that seems to have built around the genre which got exploited during the early and mid-twentieth century. The book is a great western and will be loved if you are a fan of the genre.
Don't read it for
The book is sappy at times, and also a bit too melodramatic. The characters have been carved out of nothing to adhere to stereotypical traits.