Author: Jack Schaefer

Title: Shane

Genre: Western

Publication Date: 1949

Number of Pages: 151

Geographical Setting: Wyoming

Time Period: 1889

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Told from the viewpoint of Bob Starrett, a young boy growing up on a farm in Wyoming, this is the story of Bob’s father, Joe Starrett, a proud hard-working farmer, who struggles to provide a good life for Bob and his mother, Marian. Its hard work and Joe knows that it isn’t going to be easy, especially when Luke Fletcher, a greedy, land grabbing antagonist, continues to intimidate Joe and all the rest of the farmers.

There is a lot of excitement for Joe and his family when Shane, a mysterious stranger, suddenly rides into town and accepts an invitation to stay and work the Starrett’s land with them. Joe and the family are happy that this peaceful man has come to join them and Shane is happy in his new life. Yet, Fletcher doesn’t think much of the stranger and sends a few of his hired guns to scare this peaceful man off. Shane makes quick work of these cowboys and it is revealed that the mysterious stranger looking for peace is in fact a slick gunfighter with a killer instinct and a bloodlust for fighting. Now the conflict of good and evil, between Shane and Fletcher, and within Shane himself, are on a collision course and in the end, only one can remain.

Subject Headings: Frontier and pioneer life — Wyoming — Fiction, Conduct of life — Fiction, Vendetta — Fiction, Wyoming — Fiction, West (US) — Fiction.

Appeal: easy, engrossing, steady, unhurried, compelling, inspiring, introspective, sympathetic, gunslingers, well-drawn, first person point of view, cowboys, ranchers, character-centered, thought-provoking, small-town, rural, American old west, redemption, inner struggle, life lessons, young narrator

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