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The Virginian, a Horseman of the Plains (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Owen Wister

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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0082RIL04
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Love, laughter, and law in Wyoming 23 janvier 2014
Par Karl Janssen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Virginian, originally published in 1902, is considered by many to be the first “true” work of literature in the genre of the American Western, as opposed to the popular pulp magazines and dime novels of the late 19th century. Whether such a distinction is accurate or not, this novel is universally considered a classic of its genre, and deservedly so. Though it contains the requisite pistols and horse thieves, this is not, strictly speaking, an action/adventure novel. It has more in common with an episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman than a Clint Eastwood movie, but that’s not such a bad thing. Although it contains a healthy dose of romanticized cowboy lore, it is primarily a story of realistic people living and working in the West, not the stoic supermen gunslingers that have come to dominate the Western genre over the past century.

The novel opens with an unnamed narrator disembarking a train at Medicine Bow, Wyoming. This Easterner has taken his first trip out West for the purpose of visiting his friend Judge Henry, who owns a ranch nearby. Upon his arrival he is informed that “nearby” is 263 miles away. His guide for the trip is a tall, dark, handsome young man with a southern accent, referred to only as the Virginian. What follows is a series of humorous fish-out-of-water episodes in which the novice narrator earns the nickname of “the tenderfoot.” A strong bond of friendship is soon formed between these two nameless men. When a pretty school teacher arrives from Vermont, the Virginian falls in love, but, stuck-up with pretensions of Eastern aristocracy, she resists his advances. Meanwhile, the Virginian acquires a nemesis in the form of Trampas, a shifty fellow cowpuncher with whom he continually finds himself at odds. As the novel progresses, the light-hearted tone turns gradually darker as it delves into issues of morality and justice.

Overall, The Virginian is a great Western novel, but it does have its faults. The narrator is more of a hindrance than a help. Even author Owen Wister seems to think so, as he switches indiscriminately between first-person narration and third-person omniscient perspective. There are several truly memorable scenes in this book, but in between such scenes the novel is way too talky. It seems as if every plot point is debated ad nauseam by the characters, both amongst each other and internally. The humorous scenes in the front of the book make for some rough going. There’s an entire chapter about a chicken; another about a liar’s contest. When Wister slips into Mark Twain mode like this, the punchlines of the jokes don’t justify their agonizingly long set-ups. Once the book starts focusing on the romance between the Virginian and the school marm Molly Wood, however, the story improves immensely and keeps getting better as it goes on. While there’s no gratuitous violence, in the book’s latter half the reader does find the sort of two-fisted, life-or-death suspense one has come to expect from a good Western.

Despite being written over a century ago, Wister’s prose is amazingly contemporary. There’s not a trace of antiquated clunkiness in the language. The 21st-century reader will have no trouble engaging with the story or identifying with the characters. Wister’s descriptions of the cowboy life and the natural beauty of the West are vivid and inviting. I’m a frequent visitor to Wyoming, and I enjoyed very much the historic perspective on familiar places as well as just the general atmosphere of cowboy wit that pervades the book. Over the course of the story, the Virginian’s travels take him far afield from Judge Henry’s ranch, but wherever he roams, the reader will find traveling by his side a scenic and satisfying ride.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rereading a classic 18 octobre 2013
Par J. Alter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
For a class I re-read this classic novel that set the tone for thousands of westerns to come. It had been years since I read it, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected, relished the now-stereotypical scenes which were then new. In spite of nostalgia and flowery language, Wister set a standard that's hard to beat.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Old Fashioned Oater 8 septembre 2012
Par Roberta G. Sautter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read The Virginian when I was in high school, because I loved the TV series. Of course, they have little to do with each other. Re-reading the book now, I realized that although far removed from what I imagine the old west was really like, it provides a fascinating look at what early 20th-century readers wanted to believe it was like. And so we see the rugged independent, honest cowboy, who won't take direction from his woman.... Read it and see our some of the roots of our national mythology. Plus, it's fun!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Want to be transported to the old west by a master writer? 29 avril 2015
Par Chuck Weller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is such an enjoyable read! It is totally unhurried, kinda mozies along like a couple of cowpokes following the herd. The only thing which will turn off some readers, especially those who have little literary experience or knowledge of good literature, is the slightly heightened language the author uses. This was written over a hundred years ago and is about a time over 140 years ago. But it is a wonderful piece of writing.

Owen Wister, the author, has complete command of the English language as evidenced by his use of a narrator's voice which comes through loud and clear and easily, but some sentence structures will be unfamiliar to the least educated readers.

Probably the most important and salient characteristic of the language is Wister's masterful use of dialogue. He captures the language, vocabulary, tempo, and idioms of the time and place precisely and masterfully. Then, too, he finds ways to capture the beauty, vastness, loneliness, and isolation of the Wyoming cow country and the area somewhere around the Tetons. I found myself wanting to go there then, not now but then. I think it is probably all gone now, but he brings it to us vividly and moodily with his descriptive skills woven into the narration. He makes the reader understand and re-experience what it was like to ride 100 miles over three days through the vastness of that area, and you will love it.

His characterizations are spot on. He develops his hero with precision and patience. His villains are never overdone, but truly deserve whatever they get. Even the women characters are spectacularly drawn, and as different as people really are. The narrator who begins as a neophyte and "city-fied" greenhorn, develops throughout the novel into a man both sophisticated in the ways of the world outside of the old west, and a finely and patiently trained outdoorsman and cowboy.

This is a book, the outcome of which is easy to predict, but the ride through the lives and times and territories of the west from Wyoming to Idaho is one which will not leave the reader with saddle sores...only a smile and an easy feeling about life and justice and love and courage and loyalty and trust. Finally, the life lessons in all these episodes will hold us all in good stead.

I am glad I missed this when I was growing up as I am not sure I would have had the patience to read it. But it is a whole lot easier to read and follow and excite the reader than Austen and Hardy and the Brontes, whom I also love, but just wish, as the hero says when he is discussing the books the heroine is trying to get him to read: I want to read something that is "about" something. He uses Shakespeares Henry plays as examples and quotes some of them to demonstrate what he means.

Well, this book is about something. It is well worth your time. You might find it a wonderful book to read to an eight or nine year old boy...or girl.

I am only a little ashamed to let eveyone know that this is a book I had not read over my 70 years of being able to read. My majors in English and American literature seem to have included a whole passle of western writers the professors thought were beneath examination. They were wrong.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't Be Confused by the Title 15 février 2013
Par Martin W. Novak - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The Virginian has made the transition to both the big and little screen many times. The book bears absolutely NO relation to the TV series starring James Drury. It's had a much closer representation on film, notably the 1946 version starring Joel McCrea. Even here, much more emphasis is placed on the rustling than Wister did, although this is a review of the kindle book, not the movie. I've joked many times that I didn't think Owen Wister got farther west than the Hudson River, but that's not really true. A college pal of Theodore Roosevelt, Wister spent many years traveling in Wyoming, so his background descriptions are quite accurate. His real failing is in trying to make the Virginian's "southern" accent sound like he's from the Ozarks. I lived in Virginia for a quarter of a century, and I never heard anyone speak with the Virginian's accent. Still, it's a good western story told with a minimum of violence, focusing more on the Virginian's attempts to win the hand of Molly Wood and his ability to manage the cowboys he's asked to deal with.
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