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The Call of the Canyon

Zane Grey

Book Overview: 

Glenn Kilbourne returns from the war and travels to Arizona to regain his health. There he is nursed back to health by an Arizona girl, Flo Hutter. Kilbourne's fiancée, Carley Burch arrives in Arizona but soon becomes disillusioned with life in the West and returns to New York. Carley soon learns that life in the Big City is not what she really wants. Should she return to Arizona? Will Glen still love Her?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., caves, seams, cracks, fissures, beetling red brows, yellow crumbling crags, benches of green growths and niches choked with brush, and bold points where single lonely pine trees grew perilously, and blank walls a thousand feet across their shadowed faces—these features gradually took shape in Carley's confused sight, until the colossal mountain front stood up before her in all its strange, wild, magnificent ruggedness and beauty.

"Arizona! Perhaps this is what he meant," murmured Carley. "I never dreamed of anything like this.... But, oh! it overshadows me—bears me down! I could never have a moment's peace under it."

It fascinated her. There were inaccessible ledges that haunted her with their remote fastnesses. How wonderful would it be to get there, rest there, if that were possible! But only eagles could reach them. There were places, then, that the desecrating hands of man could not touch. The dark caves were mystically potent in th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I have never read a Western, and I tackled this one primarily to have some exposure to the genre before I dismissed it. I was surprised how thought-provoking it was, especially as the author juxtaposes two ages and two types to great effect. Who thinks about the seismic changes of World War I and th

A seemingly old-fashioned western written by the old master of the genre, this book turns out to be quite modern for its time. The heroine, Carley Burch, is an honest-to-goodness flapper, a must fror a novel published and set in 1924. Leaving her home in New York, Carley sets out to Arizona. Her fia

Being an Arizona citizen whose career involved integrating geography and technology, I liked this book a lot. Like a lot of ZG's and L'Amour's books, they are, for the most part geographically correct as a result of their own experience. Reading this, about the area near Sedona, I could feel the sce

It is 1919 and Carley Burch is a young orphaned woman who lives a socialite’s life of ease and pleasure in her New York City family home with her aunt Mary. Her fiancé Glenn Kilbourne has come home an injured, sick, and broken man after fighting in France during World War I, so he has gone West to A

A beautifully written tale of a tender-footed woman's journey from decadence to self-realization. Although the descriptions of nature are quite poetic, evoking vivid images of the wild-west and its terrain; yet I found the story-line to be a little problematic. Often the protagonist is just lost in

Westerns have their fair share of space on my favorites shelf... In addition, two of Zane Grey's other works even have their own place on the list of my heart-stories, and I think The Call of the Canyon, may just have joined them there.

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