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The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains (1902)

av Owen Wister

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In the thousands of miles of rugged rangeland around Medicine Bow, Wyoming, the only law that rules is the law of the gun. A man has to have an iron jaw and a fast trigger to stay alive. And no one is tougher than the Virginian. A peaceable man by nature, slow to anger and soft-spoken, fair and just, nonetheless he brooks nonsense from no man. Once wronged, he is a judge with a gavel forged of cold steel. Frontier justice - Virginian style.Until he meets a woman. A woman who things she can tame his wild heart and teach him the ways of peace. But can the Virginian bring peace to Medicine Bow?… (mer)
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 Westerns: The Virginian14 olästa / 14brickhorse, april 2012

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Historical Fiction
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Classic western writen in 1902. Fun read.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
Westerns were never on the list of genres I had an interest in. I tried to read All the Pretty Horses once and got so depressed I couldn’t finish. However, The Virginian is a classic that started it all, first published in 1902. I once heard a man say it taught him how to be a man. It is the prototype for the man with no name, the strong silent type. He starts as a cow poke, becomes the trusted hand of a Wyoming judge, and routs the bad guys. He loves animals, nature, and the local school marm. Civilizing the wild west, he makes his fortune and happily weds his girl. Every western tale since has drawn from this story. ( )
  varielle | Nov 18, 2023 |
They claimed "Riders of the Purple Sage", written by Zane Grey in 1912, was the novel that set the tone for western novels moving forward. But, this novel, written in 1902, which they also claim to have set the tone, must be closer to the truth. Still, they have nothing on Louis L'Amour's novels. I have read one, but that was so many years ago I couldn't tell you the name of it...only that I remember I really enjoyed it and was left wanting to read more.

This book was dry reading. I didn't quite understand his humor or the conversations at times. His use in writing in "accents" in conversations fell short at times.

Half the time, I stayed confused as to what was even going on in the story. For example in Chapter XIV, the whole time I thought the six strangers were in a coach riding to catch a train to Montana then back to Sunk Creek. Then suddenly, as the train was passing, they were "running" to the tracks and were upset because they had missed it. What happened to the coach? Then, suddenly the Virginian was sitting there on the outside of a caboose with his men ready to head back to Sunk Creek. So, none of the other men saw him sitting there until he spoke? The whole book read like this. I just barely knew what was going on.

This story takes place in Wyoming between 1874 and 1890 and is mostly told through the city slicker from New York, who came out west for work under the Judge at Sunk Creek Ranch.

The Virginian, the Judge's trustworthy hired hand was sent to the train depot at Medicine Bow to pick up this city slicker for a 263-mile trip back to the ranch on horseback. The Virginian never gets a name throughout the book. The closest we get is "Jeff", which was just a nickname used once given him by his friend Steve because he was a Southern. The Virginian, age 27, was tall and slim, but solidly built. He had black hair, and was very much a gentleman. He was a man of few words and even tempered, but quick on the draw if need be. I'm thinking more of a Sam Elliott character. This book has been made into a movie several times over the years...but no Sam Elliott.

- In 1929, Gary Cooper as The Virginian
- In 1946, Joel McCrea as The Virginian
- In 2000, Bill Pullman as The Virginian
- In 2014, Trace Adkins as The Virginian

I watched the newest version, starring Trace Adkins. Talk about S-L-O-W and a little off the beaten path from the book. The movie focused more on the Virginians riff with his crooked boss, the Judge and co-worker, Trampas. In the book, the Judge was a well respected man.

The book centered on the Virginian's infatuation with the new 23 year old, Molly Wood, a spinster from Vermont, who came to Bear Creek, Wyoming, for a teaching job. She was looking for a more adventurous life, so she headed west.

The Virginian saved her when the coach she was riding went careening into a river. They were at once silently smitten. He took the scarf with her initials from the water and kept it in his saddlebag from that first moment on, and for the next three years he romanced her, trying to win her love.
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Just a side note, a cowinky-dink: Towards the end, when the Virginian was trying to decide what kind of ring he would like to get her, he learned that her bithdate fell on October 15...same as mine...and that her birthstone was opal. He didn't want to get her an opal ring because opal normally brought bad luck...unless it was your own birthstone. In that case, it was a stone that warded off evil and brought good fortune....according to this novel. So, he ended up getting her an opal surrounded by diamonds, which was his birthstone with his birthday being in January. ( )
  MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
"When you call me that, SMILE." Clearly written for Teddy Roosevelt's enjoyment. ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
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I had stepped into a world new to me indeed, and novelties were ocurring with scarce any time to get breath between them. As to where I should sleep, I had forgotten that problem altogether in my curiosity. What was the Virginian going to do now? I began to know that the quiet of the man was volanic.
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In the thousands of miles of rugged rangeland around Medicine Bow, Wyoming, the only law that rules is the law of the gun. A man has to have an iron jaw and a fast trigger to stay alive. And no one is tougher than the Virginian. A peaceable man by nature, slow to anger and soft-spoken, fair and just, nonetheless he brooks nonsense from no man. Once wronged, he is a judge with a gavel forged of cold steel. Frontier justice - Virginian style.Until he meets a woman. A woman who things she can tame his wild heart and teach him the ways of peace. But can the Virginian bring peace to Medicine Bow?

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