The Rainbow Trail: Classic American Western Novel
The Rainbow Trail known as The Desert Crucible, published in 1915, was a sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage. This book displays the fate of Jane and Lassiter and Fay. The novel happens 10 years after the Riders of the Purple Sage story. The wall to Surprise Valley has been destroyed, and Jane Withersteen has to decide between the Lassiter's life and Fay's engagement to a Mormon. The protagonists' strong antagonism to Mormon polygamy is clearly important in both novels but in Rainbow Trail this theme is treated more obviously. The plots of both books revolve around the victimization of women in the Mormon culture: Situations in "Riders of the Purple Sage" are centered on the fighting of a Mormon woman who sacrifices her wealth and social status to avoid becoming a junior wife of the local church leader, while "Rainbow Trail" is contrary to the fanatical older Mormons with the rising generation of Mormon women who will not be resistant to polygamy and Mormon men who will not seek it.
- Publication Date
- Mar 20, 2012
- All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
- By (author): Zane Grey