Arizona Nights

Arizona Nights

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Arizona Nights by Stewart Edward White

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Arizona Nights

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A series of stories loosely connected by the narrative device of different speakers swapping yarns around the campfire at the end of each trail-riding day."A series of spirited tales emphasizing some phase of the life of the ranch, plains and desert, and all, taken together, forming a single sharply-cut picture of life in the far Southwest. All the tonic of the West is in this masterpiece of Stewart Edward White."

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right. They rose by slopes and ledges, steep and rough, and at last ended in the thousand-foot cliffs of the buttes, running sheer and unbroken for many miles. During all the rest of our trip they were to be our companions, the only constant factors in the tumult of lesser peaks, precipitous canons, and twisted systems in which we were constantly involved.

The sky was sun-and-shadow after the rain. Each and every Arizonan predicted clearing.

"Why, it almost never rains in Arizona," said Jed Parker. "And when it does it quits before it begins."

Nevertheless, about noon a thick cloud gathered about the tops of the Galiuros above us. Almost immediately it was dissipated by the wind, but when the peaks again showed, we stared with astonishment to see that they were white with snow. It was as though a magician had passed a sheet before them the brief instant necessary to work his great transformation. Shortly the sky thickened again, and it began to rain.

Travel had been precarious befo

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I enjoy cowboy stories, and was thinking this would be some kind of Zane Grey lite, but it turned out to be the wild West as told by Arthur Conan Doyle. Not literally, but it might have well have been. Who knew cowboys had such a vocabulary? Should have been written in the third person as the dialogue is ridiculously un-cowboy like.
I really enjoyed these varied tales from older days of the Arizona cattle business. Highly recommended for fans of Western lore.
Enjoyed this book. It's a collection of stories about Cowboys, outlaws, sailors, and ranchers. Some are funny, some are serious, and at least one (the last one) is thoughtful and poignant. All interwoven with vivid descriptions of the old west. Read it, you'll like it.