The Rainbow Trail

The Rainbow Trail

by Zane Grey

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Overview

The Rainbow Trail is Zane Grey's sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage. Originally published under the title The Rainbow Trail in 1915, it was re-edited and re-released in recent years as The Desert Crucible with the original manuscript that Grey submitted to publishers.

The novel takes place ten years after events of Riders of the Purple Sage. The wall to Surprise Valley has broken, and Jane Withersteen is forced to choose between Lassiter's life and Fay Larkin's marriage to a Mormon.

Both novels are notable for their protagonists' mild opposition to Mormon polygamy, but in The Rainbow Trail this theme is treated more explicitly. The plots of both books revolve around the victimization of women in the Mormon culture: events in Riders of the Purple Sage are centered on the struggle of a Mormon woman who sacrifices her wealth and social status to avoid becoming a junior wife of the head of a local church, while The Rainbow Trail contrasts the older Mormons with the rising generation of Mormon women who will not tolerate polygamy and Mormon men who do not seek it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987065145
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 04/25/2019
Series: Western Cowboy Classics , #137
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his best-selling book.

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The Rainbow Trail 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really+loved+this+story.+++It%27s+the+first+Zane+Grey+book+that+I+have+read.+++He+was+an+amazing+author+and+wrote+a+wonderfully+descriptive++story.++My+dad+used+to+read+his+books+often+and+loved+them+too.+%0A%0AReally+wonderful+and+loved+the+characters+too.+++Great+read.+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very descriptive of the surroundings and emotions of the people involved. Sometimes..it seems too much so in my opinion but that being said...it is a book of wandering faith in God and Humanity and returning home again.Well worth reading.
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Unfortunately, Anonymous, history tells us otherwise...Mormons did kill strangers. In 1857, 120 California-bound pioneers were slaughtered by Mormon militia and their Native American allies. No one knows for sure but it is believed that it was due to hysteria over Federal interference. The Mountain Meadows Massacre took place 230 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. Look it up. Wikipedia (among others) has a good article on the subject.
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T_Troy More than 1 year ago
Zane fully develops his characters and their surroundings to pull you into the story! This story is action packed with emotional struggles.