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Lin McLean

Owen Wister

Book Overview: 

Lin McLean is an unaffected, attractive young cowboy in the Wyoming territory before statehood. This book is various stories in his life.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e cow-puncher to entertain her, merely exclaiming briefly now and then, "I declare!" and "If you ain't!" Lin was most certainly engaging, if that was the lady's meaning. His wide-open eyes sparkled upon her, and he half closed them now and then to look at her more effectively. I suppose she was worth it to him. I have forgotten to say that she was handsome in a large California-fruit style. They made a good-looking pair of animals. But it was in the presence of Tommy that Master Lin shone more energetically than ever, and under such shining Tommy was transparently restless. He tried, and failed, to bring the conversation his way, and took to rearranging the mail and the furniture.

"Supper's ready," he said, at length. "Come right in, Miss Peck; right in here. This is your seat—this one, please. Now you can see my fields out of the window."

"You sit here," said the biscuit-shooter to Lin; and thus she was between them. "Them's elegant!" she pre. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If you want to read a Western that really describes the west as it was, Lin McLean is the book for you. I can't remember anyone shooting anyone else, but it provides human drama as its best.

Owen Wister is perhaps best known as the author of The Virginian, a 1902 book that has come to be regarded as the first cowboy novel, even though it is actually a loosely connected set of short stories (some written as early as 1893) about a Wyoming cowboy originally from Virginia. This was a goo...more

I have always loved his dialogue, straight out of the old west. Entertaining - touching - informative (know what a biscuit thrower was?) and just a good read.

Read review at my blog.