His description of the West--the canyons and rivers, the sage and sky--just beautiful. His action . . . I should smile it's good! And the Romance demands the capital letter--love greater than the small self, transforming the characters.
And then Grey will throw in some slur to Hispanics or Native Americans or African Americans, some derogatory stereotyping of a racial or ethnic or religious minority--not to mention those plucky but delicate heroines--and then I want to use the book to start my campfire.
But I have a cold today, and Zane Grey is the perfect medicine--sweet with an after-taste of bitter medicine. My pharmacy was a free ebook from Project Gutenberg for my nook.
It takes a very special human to totally transcend the limitations and prejudices of an particular time. We know and revere those few, special individuals. And we regret the lack of greatness in others and ourselves when we perceive it.
I like to think that Zane Grey, if he had lived in our times, would have written books that were even better, were even more universal in their appeal.
I read and accept and forgive . . . and hope that others forgive me for my errors, writing or otherwise.
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