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Shane (New Windmills KS4) Hardcover – 10 Jan 2013

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1st Edition edition (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435120352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435120351
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Narrative and literary superiority." Kirkus Reviews

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This edition reprints the original text of the novel (in 1954 it was edited to remove words that might offend). In addition, the best critical essays about Schaefer and about Shane are included to provide historical and comparative background. An interview with Jack Schaefer and an afterword written by him complete this volume. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am Tara Nafziger, an eighth grader, who read Shane for one of my classes. I read this book and was amazed at how much meaning they could put into a small book. Like the TV show Seventh Heaven, the story is fun to read and not only tells morals, but makes it so you see the sense in them and want to become a good person. While I read it, sometimes I wanted to cry, and sometimes tears came to my eyes for laughing so hard. Shane is a hero worth looking up to, but he is not the only one, for there are other people, like Joe and Marian, who are given great qualities that may inspire children to be the best person they can be. I reccommend this book to people of all ages, it is a classic you would not want to miss.
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Within the framework of a short narrative and implausibly idealised characters Jack Schaefer contrives to produce a compelling story. All rests on a single issue - will Shane, who has renounced the life of a professional gunslinger, be forced into a situation where once more he resorts to violence to achieve his ends? Those ends are to protect and repay the family who have all but adopted him. That we witness events through the eyes of the boy, who increasingly hero-worships his parents' guest, adds to the poignancy of the situation. In effect what Schaefer gives us is a fable about family, loyalty, moral choice and the growth from innocence to experience. It is written in a spare style that reflects the simplicity of its characters' lives and values. We are not spared the brutality of a world where issues are settled as often as not with scant regard for reason and mutual respect. The novel clearly offers values that transcend these but it leaves us with searching questions, too, as the wounded Shane rides away to what we know not.
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If I was an English teacher, or if I had children, I would have them read this book. It is a gripping tale of courage and heroism, and of what it means to be a man. It teaches some great values, and it has a great emotional response. I read it from start to finish without pause and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
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one of the greatest westerns ever written. In the film of the same name, the mis-cast Alan Ladd did not do the character Justice.
My book though, (second Hand), had a lot of jottings in the margins as though somebody had been studying it for an exam. That did not take away from the story but I believe the seller should have mentioned it
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If you wish to dip your literary toe into Westerns for the first time and discover why they are so popular this is the book I would recommend to try first. It is wonderful. I have always stayed well away from this genre thinking of it as just pulp fiction with no depth or merit. Well I was wrong. This book is short, but the story is tightly written keeping the reader on track throughout and generating an empathy which stays with you as the story progresses. Shane of course is the tall, strong, silent, polite, slightly dangerous and mysterious stranger whose past we never discover but can easily guess as the action slowly unfolds and then is heroically resolved so that the reader can breathe a sigh of relief. This is a book that is destined to be read again and again by me and I say that about very few books.
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An excellent read which culminates in a boys insight into adulthood and a gunfighter realising that he can't change his ways. A comparitively short story as novels go with a splendid character study.
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I loved the film and I love this book, though the two have aspects that are miles away from each other. I would love to read a book of the film and see a film of the book. Both would be radically different from what we have right now.
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I read this novel out of curiosity and on the back of reading Elmore Leonard's Hombre. Stylistically it's much more old-fashioned than Hombre but shares with it a focus on an enigmatic central character and the device of telling the tale of that character through the eyes of a young narrator looking back. However, the narrator is so beguiled by his subject that the story lacks subtley. Shane's enigma is laid on with a trowel. Nevertheless, he is an appealing character - the most interesting one. The other key characters are either too good or too bad to be intriguing. The most interesting aspect of the plot is one that was done very well in the movie version - the unarticulated attraction between Shane and Marion. This I liked - I'm sure a modern book would have had them leaping into each other's arms, if not their bed-rolls.

As with Hombre it's difficult to avoid thinking about the movie, and I kept wondering why Hollywood dressed Alan Ladd in buckskins, when the Shane of the novel is clearly a well dressed man in black!
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