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Shane - by Jack Schaefer


Jack Schaefer's classic novel illuminates the spirit of the West through the eyes of a young boy and a hero who changes the lives of everyone around him. Shane is made mythical by the perspective of a young boy who tells the story of his hero.

It is an an American classic that is more than a western. It's also a story about one of the myths of the United States - Shane is the embodiment of the Lone Hero on the Frontier. He rides out of the wilderness to aid the band of pioneers and take on the land-grabbing cattle baron. In 2014 this may seem a cliche, but Shane is actually the original archetype that gave birth to the genre of Westerns, both novels and film. It is distinguished from its imitators by the depth of its characters and quality of the writing.

The novel was translated into over 30 languages. Apparently, even those who do not like, westerns like Shane.


Please bring your book nominations along to the book meetup - preferably in the form of the book itself, otherwise bring the description or review.


THE GEORGE IS THE  PUB OPPOSITE WANSTEAD TUBE STATION. We are trying it out because the Slug and Lettuce has become rather noisy - it's a struggle to be heard from one end of the table to the other.  The George should be quieter as there is no music.

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  • Clive

    Shane was shown on More 4 today, I only knew after the event I'm afraid. But they usually show them more than once, so I checked and it is on again on Monday morning at 11.05 for those that want to record it.

    April 9, 2014

  • Ruth

    I enjoyed the book, though I had doubts at first. But that's why I joined, to read books I wouldn't normally read. Thanks to Gail for hosting and thoughtful questions.

    April 9, 2014

  • Roz H.

    A bit of a boys book. I will keep this for when my son is a bit older.

    April 9, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Hi Sheila,
    Sorry I have only returned from my trip a week ago and behind with my reading list. I hope to make the next meeting though.
    God Bless

    April 6, 2014

  • Katharine O.

    Sorry that I now can't make it on Monday, have a work commitment. Hope you all enjoy though - looking forward to meeting you next time!

    April 1, 2014

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