”I love the mountain man. The cowboy is a figure from realism, the mountain man from romance. In one of the great adventures in a trapper tale, a man rides down a ridge on a thunderstorm bellowing Beethoven back at the gods. No cowboy ever did that—at least not in a book.”
--Win Blevins, General Editor
Back in print and now in Kindle form!
The Long Rifle is a uniquely American adventure story full of thrills. An epic of the best sort!
The Long Rifle excited tens of thousands of readers almost one century ago when it was first published.
White’s tale of young Andy Burnett, carrying Daniel Boone’s very own long rifle, is as powerful today as ever.
Imagine a young man’s adventure in the untamed Rocky Mountains during the early fur trade era. The Long Rifle recalls a time of endlessly expanding horizons, of being one with the natural world, and of innocence. The Long Rifle has a spirit that almost forgotten, filled with wonder at creation.
The author does not so much write the tale as he does launch onto its energies and roars downstream with the river’s current. Yes, it is old-fashioned. It is heroic, sentimental, and romantic. It is touched with magnificence. It is imbued with the innocence and optimism that young people, about to venture into unknown worlds, want to believe in.
(Fleeing his step-father, young Andy Burnett heads for the wild, untamed Rocky Mountains where adventure waits. His shoulder bears the long rifle of Daniel Boone, the very one carried by the legendary man on his first trip to Kentucky.)
Our author beats the drums of the American myth. Burnet goes through the rituals of his first buffalo hunt, his first love, a hair-breadth Indian fight—and all test his character. He learns what it means to be a partner. He is intoxicated by seeing new country. He has shining times and starving times, and he loves them all.
Burnett changes from a youth to a man, and all that means. Then, much too soon, he feels it all slipping away, the grand adventure coming to its inevitable end. In this way, The Long Rifle is less a novel than a sacrament. It is a campfire tale as old as the first humans. It reminds us of who we are, as campfire tales always do. This primal story has been told countless times on screen and in books. It is part of the American experience.
People who will like this book love Men’s Adventure books, Women’s Adventures, American Epics, Classic Literature, Native Americans, Historical Fiction, Outdoor Life, Nature Lovers, and Armchair Adventures!
The world of The Long Rifle is fresh and unspoiled, filled with the crazy joy of going somewhere just to go and see it, to feel the earth and drink its water. Our forefathers felt this urge and were privileged to act on it.
Americans love certain stories of affirmation, and the public took ‘The Long Rifle’ into its heart. By the time of his death, White had written nearly sixty books. He was an active man, an avid outdoorsman, and a friend of Teddy Roosevelt’s.
Daniel Boone, a celebrated pioneer, is the central character in the beginning of the ‘The Long Rifle’–the mysterious stranger who wins a shooting competition with a new kind of gun. It is a book with a leisurely pace, and in this way, also a book from another time.
Andy Burnet is a hero. He loves the West—it’s grassy plains, its high mountains, its trappers’ holes with quicksilver streams. Its abundant wildlife. Sometimes he seems to be in mystical accord with it.
Unique among white people, he is deeply sympathetic to the Indians. Though the Blackfeet are hated equally by other Indians and all whites, Andy makes a blood brother among them, and treats the Blackfeet like his own family. His love for his red comrades underlies the novel’s tragedy.
A must for all who love dipping into the exciting saga of American Adventures!
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