It is the story of Nophaie, a young Navajo, who is picked up by a party of whites at the age of seven. White parents bring the child up as though he were their own, eventually sending him to a prestigious Eastern college where he distinguishes himself by his outstanding athletic skill. The Vanishing American is about Nophaie's struggle to find a place in society. On a larger scale it is about all Native Americans and their future in America.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.64(w) x 4.88(h) x 0.39(d)|
About the Author
Born in 1875, Zane Grey was raised in Zanesville, Ohio, a town founded by his mother’s family. His passion for the American West was aroused in 1907 when Grey toured the West with Buffalo Jones, a noted hunter and adventurer. Grey published a total of 85 books — popular adventure novels that idealized the Western frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage remains his best-known book. He died in 1939 in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Originally published as a short story in Ladies Home Journal in 1922, Zane Grey eventually fleshed out the story and the book, The Vanishing American was issued in 1925. Considered quite controversial in it¿s day, this book examines the plight of the Navaho Indians who, around the time of the first world war were facing the loss of territory as well as the loss of their customs and religion. Zane Grey felt very strongly that white people should back off and let these people develop at their own speed. His particular ire was to the Christian missionaries that held a very strong sway with the government over the treatment of these natives.His story was ahead of it¿s time as it dealt with a love and marriage between a white woman and a native man. A great part of this book was based in fact, told to Grey by John Weatherhill, a trader who lived among the Navaho. Although pressured by many, including his publishers, Zane Grey refused to change his point of view.Although rather dated in language, I found the story interesting and rather sad. I greatly admired his descriptions of the Navaho lands, as his words evoked the look, smell and feel of Arizona and New Mexico. This book makes me admire Zane Grey for the stand he was willing to take against oppression and prejudice.