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This one, published years ago in , is a tidy little morality tale introducing Mr. Grey's contemporaries to the wonders of this new concept: "government forestry. Societally-acceptable racism aside, it's a quick and engaging, if moderately insulting, read for, among other things, the suspension of disbelief required at frequent intervals, mostly corresponding to the practically metaphysical knowledge of forestry and government regulations that escapes our teen-aged hero's lips during long rides in the saddle in-between plot twists.
And yet, it's an entertaining romp in the finest pulp tradition. Plus, I was referred to this fictionalized account of a zealous "Pinchot progressive" in the highly recommended telling of the Bitterroot Mountains fire "The Big Burn" by Timothy Egan. Yes, go read that fine book first, and then come back to consume this one.
Also, there are no chapter markers to help you gauge the next convenient stopping point, which is kind of pointless in any case since Mr. Grey tends to end every chapter with a cliff-hanger one can easily imagine the swirling organ music that is supposed to occupy one's mind between chapters. Come to think of it, does anybody know if Mr. Grey originally wrote these little novelas as radio plays? Oct 23, Tom Kepler rated it liked it Shelves: western. The Young Forester is one of the most simply constructed plots that I've read of Zane Grey's western romance novels.
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It has also contains something new, though, that adds to its readability: the protagonist wants to enter a career path new to America--that of the forester, of protecting and nurturing the forests rather than clear-cutting them. To see the principles of forestry and environmental protection promoted in a western romance first published in is an education of both how far our cu The Young Forester is one of the most simply constructed plots that I've read of Zane Grey's western romance novels. To see the principles of forestry and environmental protection promoted in a western romance first published in is an education of both how far our culture has come in caring for our environment, and how far it still has to go.
They cut and slash in every direction, and then fires come and the country is ruined. Our rivers depend upon the forests for water. The trees draw the rain; the leaves break it up and let it fall in mists and drippings; it seeps into the ground, and is held by roots.
If the trees are destroyed the rain rushes off on the surface and floods the rivers. The forests store up water, and they do good in other ways. The tale follows young Ken who charges off from the east where he does camp, hunt, fish, and enjoy the forests to the raw wilderness of Arizona. There he meets unscrupulous lumbermen, adventure, and proves that he has, beneath his inexperienced tenderfoot ways, the steel of a man.
And the principles of forestry, of course, prevail. I enjoyed the book and was glad to see that the principles of scientific forestry prevailed in , even if they are still struggling in , one hundred years later. White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants, preferably male, are the protagonists. Woman are bosom-clutching individuals, more emotionally fragile than men--strong but only in their own female way. Racial and ethnic minorities are of lesser stature than the WASP main characters.
Grey's romanticized vision of the wild west, unfortunately, did not include the visionary equality of gender, race, or cultural diversity. He was a man of his times--and those times had their issues. Oct 28, Tait Sougstad rated it really liked it. The Young Forester reads like exciting, fantastic conservation propaganda for teen boys. This may not sound like the opening line of a review that gave the book four-stars "really liked it" , but I mean well by it.
Anyone who has read a few of the classics novels will recognize that this is, by no means, great literature. Nonetheless, anyone who spends any time day-dreaming about spending time in the wilderness will relate to the protagonist, and the frequent exultation of natural beauty is eas The Young Forester reads like exciting, fantastic conservation propaganda for teen boys. Nonetheless, anyone who spends any time day-dreaming about spending time in the wilderness will relate to the protagonist, and the frequent exultation of natural beauty is easy to read.
The wildness of the West is made fairly tame, but it is an adventure that any boy would hope to have. More importantly, Zane Grey's books were bestsellers for decades, and still the old volumes can be found on many bookshelves in Billings, Montana. This makes his presentation of the National Forest Service, still a young organization at the time of publication, at least somewhat descriptive, if not formative, of the American course of conservation. I read this in my spare time over a weekend. That at least bodes well, coming from a guy who usually takes about a year to finish one of a dozen books in the 'to-read' pile.
I don't regret the time spent on it, and if you like reading the words of a man who loves what he writes, you won't regret it, either. It is a quick read and full of action and adventure. The kindle edition that I read was full of misspellings but it was a free book so I can't complain. If you read it you will see words like beard instead of heard.
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The book was fun and exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was my first Zane Grey book and I will be reading more of his after this. Volume My Chance: Help the Young Forester none. Oxford Academic. Google Scholar. Cite Citation. Permissions Icon Permissions. Article PDF first page preview. Issue Section:.
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