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Rat in the Skull. The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. The party includes Jim and Joe Downs, Jim a missionary wanna be, a This is allegedly a historical novel about the opening of the "west". We also have Nell and Kate Wells who are accompanying their uncle, Mr. Wells, who is a missionary proper.
They're heading to a village of peace set up by Moravian missionaries. The point is to civilize the "savages" by converting them into Christians and by teaching them agriculture and useful trades. But, there are, of course, complications. There are evil "white Indians", most notably Simon Girty.
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They are depraved white men who live with the Indians and who try to stir up trouble, and of course, steal and traffic white women when they can. Well, I'll stop here.
It was a mildly interesting story, albeit hideously racist. No crap, the Indians Native Americans in modern parlance say things like, "Ugh! Interestingly, there is an admission buried away to the effect that one of the reasons the Indians are somewhat restive is because the white men have come and stolen their lands.
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An interesting admission for a book written more than a hundred years ago when we were all over manifest destiny and such. Aug 08, Kathie rated it liked it. I would be willing to give this book a 3. Since it was written so long ago, there are passages that were acceptable then but not politically correct at this time, especially in reference to the Native American population. Grey always writes beautiful descriptions. The Ohio territory and the settling of it he describes are particularly harsh. Hatred, killing, abductions, and other cruelties exist throughout.
The author seemed well informed about learning to live in the wilderness and trac I would be willing to give this book a 3. The author seemed well informed about learning to live in the wilderness and tracking game as well as humans. He didn't hesitate to kill off some of the central characters.
I was interested in reading this book because my ancestors, like so many others, settled for a time in Ohio. Through my genealogical searches, I have learned a little about the hardships they faced. Zane Grey's writing made me even more sympathetic to their struggles. Jun 01, Stephen Brooke rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction.
Zane Grey had not really hit his stride yet with this early work, an historical fiction novel set in the upper Ohio River valley in Revolutionary War times. Compared to the historicals set in the same period and general area by his contemporary, Robert Chambers, it Zane Grey had not really hit his stride yet with this early work, an historical fiction novel set in the upper Ohio River valley in Revolutionary War times.
Compared to the historicals set in the same period and general area by his contemporary, Robert Chambers, it definitely suffers. Less focus, less of a cohesive plot, and it's hard to say exactly who the protagonist of this novel is supposed to be. To me, this is a take it or leave it book — not a bad book but not one I would particularly recommend either. Nov 25, Amy rated it really liked it.
These books are apparently from a journal of Zane Greys grandmother, so reading them one feels the depth of the hardship of "border life" more fervently. Saying that I enjoyed these books would be true, but for the knowledge that many Native Americans were wronged on so many levels.
It does offer a descriptive and realistic lens to view this period of settlement in the West. Zane Grey is a prolific descriptive author who evokes the spirit of his characters and the hard realities of pioneer life. Aug 11, S. Daisy rated it it was amazing. I finished The Spirit of the Border today. It was such a beautiful, sad, yet wonderful story, and I would highly reccomend it. It's about two brothers, Jim and Joe, one a Christian missionary trying to convert the Indians, the other a troublemaking Indian hunter.
They both love the same girl, and she likes both of them for their own unique personalities. Who will win her heart? I really loved this story, and would consider it one of Zane Grey's best. Read when I was a kid - junior high age or so. The second in Grey's Ohio River trilogy, it paints in vivid colors the clash of civilizations that took place in the late 18th century during the Revolutionary War on the frontier.
Moravian missionaries were there trying with some success to convert Indians to Christianity. There were massacres on both sides. Based on actual events, involving the author's Zane family ancestors. Apr 11, Ricky rated it liked it. Like most westerns this novel was bit slow-paced, but it really dragged down in middle. Overall its quite tragic although there were some happy or satisfying moments.
I'd have to admit that it's a bit racist and sexist, even for its own time period. I liked the historical context and characters, many of which had very interesting wikipedia pages that I enjoyed. Sep 05, Peg Lotvin rated it liked it. So far, I find that I have read every one of them before. Guess that means they are enjoyable at the time, but in the end, easy to forget. In comparison with ZG's tales of the American West, set in the following century, I would venture the opinion that the Ohio River stories are more bloody and brutal. I enjoy stories about frontier life of early Americans of the late s and early s.
I did think the author dwelled too long on Christianity.
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Apr 23, Lloyd Hinkle rated it really liked it Shelves: 9-audio. Another interesting book by Zane Grey.
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May 06, Susan Reed rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction.