Sunday, January 8, 2023

The Virginian

The VirginianThe Virginian 
by Owen Wister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published in 1902 this story is set in Wyoming between1874 and 1890. It was the novel that inspired the westerns of Zane Grey and of Hollywood. It is told in both the first and the third person (so skillfully that you don't even notice the switches as you read) largely by a narrator who is never named. It is a romance, it is a character study, it is a social commentary, it is an adventure, and a bit of a mystery story all rolled into one.
“Has any botanist set down what the seed of love is? Has it anywhere been set down in how many ways this seed may be sown? In what various vessels of gossamer it can float across wide spaces? Or upon what different soils it can fall, and live unknown, and bide its time for blooming?”
This book counts toward the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, the TBR pile challenge, and it fills in a hole in my Century of Books project.


  1. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. How interesting this must have been, especially the changes in perspective.

    Thank you for sharing your review with the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge


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