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Pearl Zane Grey 1872 1939 was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and pulp fiction that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West He became especially interested in the West in 1907 after joining a friend on an expedition to trap mountain lions in Arizona Grey wrote steadily but it was only in 1910 and after considerable efforts by his wife that his first western Heritage of the Desert became a bestseller It propelled a career writing popular novels about manifest destiny and the aconuest of the Wild West a Two years later he produced his best known book Riders of the Purple Sage 1912 He became one of the first millionaire authors Over the years his habit was to spend part of the year travelling and living an adventurous life and the rest of the year using his adventures as the basis for the stories in his writings His other works include Betty Zane 1903 The Young Pitcher 1911 The Border Legion 1916 Wildfire 1917 To the Last Man 1922 and The Day of the Beast 1922


10 thoughts on “The Young Forester

  1. says:

    The book was given to him when he was a boy so the act made it a extra special book for me Known mainly for writing westerns Zane Grey’s The Young Forester is often lost in the shuffle While it’s often considered a children’s book The Young Forester follows a young man Kenneth in his uest to become a forest rangerAfter gaining his father’s permission to go west to work with a childhood friend Ken stumbles on a lumbering operation that’s stripping the trees and leaving nothing behind Throughout the book Ken struggles against the loggers to save Penetier Forest and the future of the industryWritten in a time when the United States’ government was beginning to understand conservatism in dealing with the natural world the story revolves around the same issues many people experienced Between the underlying story the strong characters and beautifully detailed surroundings this book made me want to be a forest ranger I’ve only read it once in the last twenty five years and it drew me in just like it did the first day I was handed my copy


  2. says:

    Just to change things up a bit I read this 100 year old book original edition which came across my path I don't normally read westerns but this book had a premise uniue to western novels that piued my interest The hero is an aspiring young forester promoting sustainable forestry practices which are still not often followed today and who plays a role in stopping an illegal logging operation in the West True to its genre the novel is highly action oriented and simplistic but was a fun diversion from reality and break from my usual non fiction reading


  3. says:

    OKAY FINE I liked it


  4. says:

    Pearl Zane Grey 1872 1939 was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and pulp fiction that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West He became especially interested in the West in 1907 after joining a friend on an expedition to trap mountain lions in Arizona Grey wrote steadily but it was only in 1910 and after considerable efforts by his wife that his first western Heritage of the Desert became a bestseller It propelled a career writing popular novels about manifest destiny and the aconuest of the Wild West a Two years later he produced his best known book Riders of the Purple Sage 1912 He became one of the first millionaire authors Over the years his habit was to spend part of the year travelling and living an adventurous life and the rest of the year using his adventures as the basis for the stories in his writings His other works include Betty Zane 1903 The Young Pitcher 1911 The Border Legion 1916 Wildfire 1917 To the Last Man 1922 and The Day of the Beast 1922


  5. says:

    I particularly liked this book because of the stance it takes on forests conservation and all of the ramifications of taking proper care of the nature that this world has provided us with It talks of a young man who goes west from Pennsylvania for the summer gets into a fix here and there and all because he is an idealist who wants to be in the area of forestry and has a vision for how nature can be properly cared for The book is clearly ahead of its time and makes it clear that the ideas so many of us hold true about our dealings with the nature that surrounds us and takes care of us should be treated I am blown away


  6. says:

    I love all of Zane Grey's books and it was interesting to remember as i was reading this one that it was one of his firsts I learned a lot about trees


  7. says:

    The Young Forester is one of the most simply constructed plots that I've read of Zane Grey's western romance novels It has also contains something new though that adds to its readability the protagonist wants to enter a career path new to America that of the forester of protecting and nurturing the forests rather than clear cutting themTo see the principles of forestry and environmental protection promoted in a western romance first published in 1910 is an education of both how far our culture has come in caring for our environment and how far it still has to goLumbermen are in such a hurry to get rich that they'll leave their grandchildren a desert They cut and slash in every direction and then fires come and the country is ruined Our rivers depend upon the forests for water The trees draw the rain; the leaves break it up and let it fall in mists and drippings; it seeps into the ground and is held by roots If the trees are destroyed the rain rushes off on the surface and floods the rivers The forests store up water and they do good in other waysThe novel though is not a lecture on principles of forestry The tale follows young Ken who charges off from the east where he does camp hunt fish and enjoy the forests to the raw wilderness of Arizona There he meets unscrupulous lumbermen adventure and proves that he has beneath his inexperienced tenderfoot ways the steel of a man And the principles of forestry of course prevailI enjoyed the book and was glad to see that the principles of scientific forestry prevailed in 1910 even if they are still struggling in 2011 one hundred years laterAlso available as a free ebook through Project Gutenberg The Young ForesterA Note About Zane GreyZane Grey wrote his stories for the people who bought them White Anglo Saxon Protestants preferably male are the protagonists Woman are bosom clutching individuals emotionally fragile than men strong but only in their own female way Racial and ethnic minorities are of lesser stature than the WASP main characters Grey's romanticized vision of the wild west unfortunately did not include the visionary euality of gender race or cultural diversity He was a man of his times and those times had their issues


  8. says:

    Howdy Doody Meets the Forest Service December 15 2010 This review is from The Young Forester Kindle Edition Oh my how the prolific Mr Grey could dash out these pulp westerns This one published 100 years ago in 1910 is a tidy little morality tale introducing Mr Grey's contemporaries to the wonders of this new concept government forestry Here's the plot summary spoiler alertsort of insanely naive boy has summer free after high school and before college; boy volunteers to be junior forester in Arizona; boy stumbles upon illegal sawmill in national forest; multiple kidnappings; wildlife encounters; gunshots; whoa forest fire; boy saves the day; boy goes home remarkably just as naive as when he arrived Sample character names include Hal Ken Dick Ward Smith Jim and an unscrupulous for hire Latino generally referred to as the Greaser Lovely just lovely Societally acceptable racism aside it's a uick and engaging if moderately insulting read for among other things the suspension of disbelief reuired at freuent intervals mostly corresponding to the practically metaphysical knowledge of forestry and government regulations that escapes our teen aged hero's lips during long rides in the saddle in between plot twists And yet it's an entertaining romp in the finest pulp tradition Plus I was referred to this fictionalized account of a zealous Pinchot progressive in the highly recommended telling of the 1910 Bitterroot Mountains fire The Big Burn by Timothy Egan Yes go read that fine book first and then come back to consume this one The Kindle Edition is worth about as much as you pay for it assuming that was 000 with an incomplete but linked table of contents and a number of typos poor OCR of scanned text judging by the number of words that should have begun with the letter h that erroneously started off with the letter b Also there are no chapter markers to help you gauge the next convenient stopping point which is kind of pointless in any case since Mr Grey tends to end every chapter with a cliff hanger one can easily imagine the swirling organ music that is supposed to occupy one's mind between chapters Come to think of it does anybody know if Mr Grey originally wrote these little novelas as radio plays?


  9. says:

    The Young Forester reads like exciting fantastic conservation propaganda for teen boys This may not sound like the opening line of a review that gave the book four stars really liked it but I mean well by it Anyone who has read a few of the classics novels will recognize that this is by no means great literature Nonetheless anyone who spends any time day dreaming about spending time in the wilderness will relate to the protagonist and the freuent exultation of natural beauty is easy to read The wildness of the West is made fairly tame but it is an adventure that any boy would hope to haveMore importantly Zane Grey's books were bestsellers for decades and still the old volumes can be found on many bookshelves in Billings Montana This makes his presentation of the National Forest Service still a young organization at the time of publication at least somewhat descriptive if not formative of the American course of conservationI read this in my spare time over a weekend That at least bodes well coming from a guy who usually takes about a year to finish one of a dozen books in the 'to read' pile I don't regret the time spent on it and if you like reading the words of a man who loves what he writes you won't regret it either


  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book it is a very fast paced novellanovel It is a uick read and full of action and adventure The kindle edition that I read was full of misspellings but it was a free book so I can't complain If you read it you will see words like beard instead of heard h and b seemed to keep getting mixed up The book was fun and exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed it This was my first Zane Grey book and I will be reading of his after this