Brave Cowboy Paperback – 31 Dec 1992
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The Thoreau of the American West. --Larry McMurtry"
Abbey is a fresh breath from the farther reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier. --Houston Chronicle"
Abbey writes with fierce eloquence of landscape and city, of stunted souls and drunken despair. He can be funny and poignant at once --Publishers Weekly"
We are living among punishments and ruins. For those that know this, Edward Abbey s books remain an indispensable solace. --Wendell Berry" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The classic novel that inspired the motion picture Lonely Are the Brave a stirring and unforgettable tribute to the American hero and American West.
A classic of modern Western literature, The Brave Cowboy follows Jack Burns, a loner at odds with modern civilization. He rides a feisty chestnut mare across the New West a once beautiful land now smothered beneath airstrips and superhighways. An anarchist cowboy, he lives by a personal code of ethics that sets him on a collision course with the keepers of law and order. After a prison breakout plan goes awry, he finds himself and his horse, Whisky, pursued across the desert toward the mountains that lead to Mexico and to freedom. With local law enforcement, the feds, and the military on their tails, the cowboy and his horse race toward their destiny.
One of the best writers to deal with the American West. Washington Post
The Thoreau of the American West. Larry McMurtry" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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It is a contemporary Western story about John W "Jack" Burns a roaming ranch hand. In the story Burns is a cowboy who rejects modern technology and is unable to embrace modern society. He would not like todays computer age! He hates fences that restrict freedom of movement. Burns has no social security card, no driving licence and refuses to register for the draft. In short something of a rebel. When a close friend is jailed, he thinks nothing of deliberately getting himself arrested and trying to spring his friend. There is a very entertaining scene where he fights a one armed man in a bar to achieve this. In jail his friend refuses his help so Jack escapes anyway and takes to his splendid horse "Whisky". Together they head towards the mountains and Old Mexico beyond. They are pursued by the law making full use of modern technology in the form of vehicles and helicopters. Jack has an appointment with destiny and a climactic ending. Abbey describes a scene where Jack and Whisky climb up a tortuous mountain route. "Behind him rose the dark mountain. Far above, remote in time and space, the glittering stars wheeled to the beat of a cosmic drum".Read more ›
What, perhaps, I had least expected was humour, yet found myself convulsed with laughter on a number of occasions, especially relishing the jail scene dialogue between Burns and Bondi and the dry humour of Morey Johnson, containing his frustration at the idiots around him, as well as expressing his basic humanity.
Beneath all, it is a serious book. However, the ending excepted perhaps, Abbey never explicitly collars the reader. Throughout, the intelligence and literary savvy of the author work side by side with the presentation of simple decency and a reverence for the natural world in which his protagonist remains in the face of exploding urbanisation.
Unlike most, I imagine, I came to this novel, with no knowledge of “The Monkey Wrench Gang”, nor of the Kirk Douglas film based on “The Brave Cowboy”. I shall now set myself to rectify both omissions.
Over the last few years I have read some fine western novels: “Blood Meridian”, The Border Trilogy”, “Lonesome Dove”, Incident at Owl Creek” and others. Most recently I encountered and was overwhelmed by “Warlock”. I had not expected to fall upon another novel of this calibre this year. “Brave Cowboy”, on the surface anyway, is less ambitious than most of these, but certainly in my view fit to stand beside them. A most rewarding find!
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Great story...love that way of life...going back....not being dragged forward with the rest of so called progress, and living how he wanted to live for as much as he could.Published on 29 Mar. 2014 by patrick tobin