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The Last of the Plainsmen

Zane Grey

Book Overview: 

The Last of the Plainsman is about the outstanding true account of a trip made in 1909 by Zane Grey and a plainsman, Buffalo Jones, through the Grand Canyon to lasso a cougar. This part of the west was relatively wild and untamed at this time. Wolves, wild horses, buffalo and other wildlife were quite prevalent, and the Indians were not that friendly.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The hunter reined in his horse, and standing high in his stirrups, held his hat at arms' length over his head. So he thrilled to a moment he had sought for two years. The last herd of American bison was near at hand. The cow would not venture far from the main herd; the eight stragglers were the old broken-down bulls that had been expelled, at this season, from the herd by younger and more vigorous bulls. The old monarchs saw the hunter at the same time his eyes were gladdened by sight of them, and lumbered away after the cow, to disappear in the gathering darkness. Frightened buffalo always make straight for their fellows; and this knowledge contented Jones to return to the lake, well satisfied that the herd would not be far away in the morning, within easy striking distance by daylight.

At dark the storm which had threatened for days, broke in a fury of rain, sleet and hail. The hunters stretched a piece of canvas over the wheels of the north side of the wa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a nonfiction adventure tale from early in Zane Grey's career. Grey joins the title character, the hunter Buffalo Jones, on his "bring 'em back alive" escapades in Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon area, round about 1910. Having read so many of his novels, it was mega fun to read a short

I think my problems with hunting and the treatment of animals colored my enjoyment of this book. I have family that does hunt but I think the techniques used in the early 20th Century journey kept throwing me out of the story.

An otherwise fascinating account of a dying breed of men who were even th

Zane Grey, was a kid last time I read one. Back when library books checked out for 6 weeks and he was one of Dad's favorite authors. Read of last resort. Dad said he liked the descriptions, I said they lacked suspense. Well I guess we all turn into our Parents. The Sunrises and Sunsets in this book

Zane Grey, despite his considerable financial success, has never been considered a great writer. My own experience with his work has thus far been limited to Riders of the Purple Sage, a good read (see what I did there) but surely not great literature. Grey's strengths are his sense of adventure and

This is a great book written from Zane Grey's perspective of a long ride he partook in with Buffalo Jones. The pages entail in detail the great length the men of this hunting expedition endured to pave the road of preserving some of the last great heard of the American Bison. There is some bloodshed

The Last of the Plainsmen was a book that could have been non-fiction. It is written very much as it was intended, to give us an account of a man, Buffalo Jones, who was bigger than life in some ways and who at the same time seemed very real. The book read much like a memoir, with Zane Grey in the s

One of the characters was based on my great uncle Jim Emett so it was extra interesting for me to read the dialogue which may have even been his own.
He was a wild west plainsman who ran Lee's Ferry and was a Navajo guide. He was also a Mormon who had two wives who hate each other's guts so bad they

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