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Tales of Lonely Trails

Zane Grey

Book Overview: 

This 1922 tribute to country he loved consists of narratives of six different trips to various parts of the West: Nonnesozhe, Colorado, Grand Canyon, Tonto Basin, Death Valley.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He spun around the horse, then went hurtling to the ground some twenty feet away. He sat up, and seeing Emett and Jones laughing, and Jim prostrated with joy, he showed his white teeth in a smile and said:

"No bueno dam."

I think all of us respected Navvy for his good humor, and especially when he walked up to Marc, and with no show of the mean Indian, patted the glossy neck and then nimbly remounted. Marc, not being so difficult to please as Jim in the way of discomfiting the Navajo, appeared satisfied for the present, and trotted off down the hollow, with the string of horses ahead, their bells jingling.

Camp-fire tasks were a necessary wage in order to earn the full enjoyment and benefit of the hunting trip; and looking for some task with which to turn my hand, I helped Jim feed the hounds. To feed ordinary dogs is a matter of throwing them a bone; however, our dogs were not ordinary. It took time to feed . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Zane Grey is by far my favorite author of westerns. Perhaps that's because his writings have been instrumental in furthering my love for Arizona.

Most of his books are fiction. This one is based upon actual experience.

This book focuses mostly on mountain lion hunting. Although the hunt is very exc...more

Following Zane Grey during his hunting expeditions you receive the gift of his unmatched eye for the scene. This book will not be for everyone, it's not a quick read and is not meant for cheap entertainment; it has a calming effect on the reader who enjoys an author that takes pains to describe t...more

Lovely descriptions of the western scenery. Zane Grey was one of my grandfather's favorite authors, so I'd read a few of his novels. This non-fiction book is much better.

Four hunting holidays with the godfather of the Western.

The first trail is through Monument Valley, the site of so many Westerns, then onto Nonnezoshe Boco, the Rainbow Bridge, at that almost inaccessible and seen by very few eyes, now a national park.

At first sight Grey called it 'the one great...more

Review of "Tales of lonely trails" by John Lietzke

I didn't care for this book because I do not care to read about the exploits of the author. I only read a little more half of the book because I got bored(not my cup of tea). The book reads like a diary or journal made into sentences.

Zane Grey remains a favorite because of his remarkable skills for recognizing and describing the most minute details of nature. While I love and appreciate nature, my level of appreciation does not reach as deep as his, so I needed almost as much time to read this biography of two hunting trips i...more

I have mixed feelings about this book. I am a fan of Grey's adventure novels, and I like this one for the descriptions of the geographical and geological features of the west. However a good bit of this book is about sport hunting of mountain lions, bears, and any other non-human creatures that c...more

I have not read a lot of Zane Grey, but this non fiction work affords insights into the author of the popular western fiction of a century ago. He was clearly a man who loved the rugged outdoors. The descriptions of parts of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Death Valley in California are detailed to t...more

It was O.K., but Zane Grey attempted to describe everything in such detail that it just kept going and going and was overkill.