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To The Last Man

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    Zane Grey(Author)

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An ancient feud between two frontier families is inflamed when one of the families takes up cattle rustling. In the grip of their relentless code of loyalty, they fight a war in Tonto Basin, desperately, doggedly, neither side seeing the futility of the conflict. Surrounded by this volatile environment, young Jean finds himself hopelessly in love with a girl from whom he is separated by an impassable barrier.

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  • PDF | 104 pages
  • Zane Grey(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 18, 2015)
  • English
  • 6
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By wondermommy on August 4, 2015

    Mary Shelley, who, in my assumption, was truly a fascinating author. She weaved together a very fast moving extraordinary saga, THE LAST MAN that kept me enthralled. Lionel’s life began on a cheerful note, but then tragedy struck. As I watched Lionel’s emotions go from sorrow, to bliss, back to sorrow, then grief in one brief moment took him by the throat and would not let go until his heart was broken. As deep depression set in he felt pure torment and could do nothing but try to comfort those around him as his dear friends, neighbors, and family departed, one by one, from what seemed to be a never-ending epidemic that swept through each countryside. This skillfully written masterpiece of a seriously tragic and also an intensely passionate story regarding love found, then lost through devastation, which led to unspeakable sorrow and loneliness, held me as I read line after line, and page after page, savoring every word. As I followed Lionel through his existence, in each chapter he must take action against this foe that always seemed to have the upper hand in everything, and yet, each time, he knew he must move on because of the need to find others. Will he have to live in constant silence, or will there be someone out there waiting to be heard? From the Sibyl’s Cave, where it all seemed to initiate, all the way through to the end, or the start of a new beginning, this fascinating tale of intrigue led me down some desolate paths, and through some unforgettable and very picturesque forlorn valleys. Wonderful read!

  • By Leland Freeze on April 17, 2015

    This was the best book I've read in a long time!! A little wordy in spots and I now know more about nature than I thought I really wanted to know. Haha. But it didn't detract from the story plot any. I highly recommend this book!!

  • By Lawrance Bernabo on November 8, 2003

    Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley published "The Last Man" in 1826, eight years after her classic "Frankenstein" and four years after her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley died. Of all of her other novels, "The Last Man" is clearly the one that is of more than passing interest. In her Journal in May of 1824 Shelley wrote: "The last man! Yes, I may well describe that solitary being's feelings, feeling myself as the last relic of a beloved race, my companions extinct before me." The result was one of the first novels to tell a story in which the human race is destroyed by pestilence, which we have seen in novels from Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" and Stephen King's "The Stand," and films such as the recent "28 Days Later..." However, "The Last Man" is also an early example of a dystopian novel set in the 21st century when England is a republic being governed by a ruling elite. Adrian, Earl of Windsor (and a representation of Shelley's late husband) introduces the narrator of the tale, Lionel Verney, who is the required outsider to describe and comment upon the world of the future.Shelley's vision of the future is essentially a reaction against Romanticism and the failure of the movement to solve the problems of the world with art and imagination. This would stand in contrast to earlier English utopian works such as Francis Bacon's "The New Atlantis," which reflected the Age of Reason's belief that science would solve any and all problems. Shelley begins the story as a romance, with Lord Raymond (presumed to be modeled on Lord Byron) winning the hand of the lovely Perdita and being elected Protector. In contrast to the dire predictions of Thomas Malthus regarding unchecked population growth resulting in mass starvation, an ideal world seems to have been created. But then the plague breaks out in Constantinople and starts spreading. This plague is grounded more in fantasy than science, with Shelley clearly relying more on Boccaccio and Defoe, for her pandemic, which is not contagious (an interesting plot choice to be sure).The point of the plague is that it allows Shelley to show the best and the worst of human nature. When the demagogue Ryland abdicates being Lord Protector, the altruistic Adrian takes his place and makes an appeal for brotherhood, even as anarchy runs rampant in the streets and eventually the main characters are forced to flee England, which has strong parallels to the expulsion from Eden. This sets up the idea at the end of the novel that the last survivors might be able to establish an earthly paradise and rebuild the human race after the plague has disappeared. I was rather surprised that Shelley kills off her female characters because I had expectations that this would be more of a feminist work. Of course, this is because I remember who her mother was, but "The Last Man" is clearly concerned more with her late husband."The Last Man" was probably Mary Shelley's least successful work during her lifetime, but today, which the interest in science fiction, as well as the real world threats of biological warfare and other weapons of mass destruction, this idea of how the world ends is quite pertinent. This is clearly her most important work after "Frankenstein," although obviously we are talking about a significant gap.

  • By David Culbertson on August 5, 2015

    I read The Magus for a second time (loved it) and noted The Last Man was one of his influences. What a treat! Imagine a view of the future written in 1840 (without much imagination in technological development, but lots more on the political front), but taking place fairly close to our own present, then throw in an apocalyptic event to make it tasty.... Well, it was long and written in an older English style, but I couldn't put it down (it was on my iPhone in the Kindle app). Written vividly, describing everything, physical and emotional, in great detail it lured me in each time I opened it.

  • By Ronald L. Stjames on October 12, 2016

    This is a typical Zane Grey story. I find it fascinating that as my life is drawing to a close, I am returning to the literature of my youth for relaxation.

  • By 1tiredteacher on January 10, 2013

    If you are a fan of Zane Grey, you will love this book, but don't look for too many facts here. The description of the Mogollon Rim country is beautiful and accurate. However, the details of the Pleasant Valley War are far from the actual history of the event. This is odd, since the events that took place, and the people involved, make exciting reading. If you want the history of the event, you'd be better off reading Arizona's Dark and Bloody Ground, and A Little War of Our Own. You can come to Arizona and do a self guided driving and hiking tour of some of the important places of this war; and when you go to the Angels' Spring Training park, you are very near the spot where the last man, Mr. Tewksbury, shot and killed Mr. Graham.

  • By J. Horn on October 17, 2017

    Great book


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