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Cowboys Can Fly [Paperback]

Ken Smith
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Book Description

16 Oct 2010
Young Toby spends his days exploring the backwoods surrounding his UK country home. His imagination not only supplies adventure but also the exciting promise of lustful embraces and kisses with the handsome field hand. When Toby's mother, a nurse, brings home a sickly yet handsome youth, Cymon, to recuperate, Toby finds himself drawn to the older boy. Their friendship, awkward at first, blossoms as each offers the other much-needed comfort. Cowboys Can Fly presents a classic story of gay adolescence, one that is as heartbreaking as it is triumphant in spirit.

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (16 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590213289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590213285
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Country boy meets world..... 22 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Being that I am not a country person and was not born until 20 or so years after the period of the story's setting, had I not been given a copy of this book as a present, I would probably not have thought to read it - but I am now very glad that I did!

Right from the start, through the beautifully descriptive prose of the author, we are encapsulated by the sights, sounds and smells of a simpler life in a time almost gone by. Toby is a country lad whose greatest joy is wandering around the countryside doing things such as climbing trees, fishing, making forts, chasing animals and knowing things about nature that most of us will never know.

However, Toby's quiet country existence with his mum who is a local community nurse, is turned completely upside down when Cy, a slightly rough and ready, yet highly intelligent young man from a large town, comes to stay one summer, to help him convalesce from a serious medical condition.

Toby knows he is different from other boys and it is the arrival of Cy which is the catalyst for him to start a wonderful journey of discovery from the innocence of boyhood to the adventurous adolescence of a young man. The greatest skill of author Ken Smith, is to write the developing relationship between the two main characters with a depth of feeling that is tender yet never smutty and peppered with just enough teenage angst between the two to keep the reader wondering 'will they, won't they?'.

From it's heady summery beginning, Ken Smith manages to keep the reader engaged and entertained, right through to the story's emotionally charged and hugely bittersweet ending. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ebchanting book: loved it 27 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must say that I had never heard of Ken before and looking through his back catalogue I can see why! I like love stories, be they straight or gay, as long as the love is sincere and the emotions finely wrought as they are here. The book is a slow burner (and I suspect a little autobiographical) but it has very strong characterisation and a real sense of place and although set in rural Hampshire, brought back strong memories of time I spent living in rural Devon when I was younger. The lonely old country widows, the gruff but warm hearted farmers and warm and friendly country boys. Somehow, even now, boys brought up in a rural environment are more relaxed , more cheerful and have less guile than their townie counterparts, well at least I think so!

The atmosphere of the book reminds me very much of the much overlooked Irish writer Forrest Reid who loved the countryside and loved writing about boyhood. Many of his works centre around lonely boys in a rural setting who are sensitive and shaped by their beautiful surroundings. However this book being set in more modern times shows a boy much more direct and open in his longings. I am guessing the book is set in the early 60s pre Wolfenden/Stonewall and the only thing that slightly bugs me is whether a boy at that time would be so comfortable with his sexuality. Most books of the period (with the exception of Angus Stewart's recently released "Sandel") normally contain a lot of angst and end in tragedy. However I guess shielded by his rural upbringing this lad had a chance to grow up naturally. One other slight criticism is some of the physicality and urges in the book are expressed with a bluntness that jar with the otherwise lyrical tone of the book. That is a minor criticism though and did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. I read that a film is being made of this. I just hope they get the casting right if and when it is made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent story about a young gay lad 30 Jan 2014
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I read a few pages of this book online. It made me smile so I had to order a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it; so much so I'm reading it again!
Young Toby lives with his mum who works as a nurse, and one day she offers to take care of a sickly boy at home. Toby soon takes a shine to this boy who's almost a year older than he is. Initially things are awkward, but they sort themselves out as time goes on.
I found the ending difficult, but not unexpected. Don't want spoil things here for anyone else so I won't say any more.
It arrived in good time so no problems there.
Recommend it? Yeah, sure I would. I didn't notice any strong language so suitable for children to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys can fly 16 Jan 2011
By Sidney
Format:Paperback
Well, yet again another good book from this author, this book is full of adventure and feeling something that is missing in other guy books. Look forward to your next one Ken Smith. Well worth buying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Twee 3 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
A little bit too "hoppy skippy through cornfields" and "I love My Mum" for my taste I have never known a teenage boy quite so perfect even a country boy.

But despite this it is a pleasant enough read and creates tension with a "will they wont they" story line. I reccomend it to the Pure in heart.
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