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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847393314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847393319
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" [Fuller's] book-set in her new home, the high plains of Wyoming-hangs so faultlessly on its high-altitude, big-sky, oildrilling bones that it seems not so much to have been written as uncovered by the wind and weather of the American north-west." -"The Economist"

About the Author

Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969 and in 1972 she moved with her family to a farm in Rhodesia. After the civil war there in 1981, the Fullers moved first to Malawi, then to Zambia. She now lives in Wyoming and has three children.


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This is the true story of the short life of Wyoming roughneck Colton H Bryant. It's about people and place and politics. It's a polemic aginst the oil industry's disregard for the environment and its workforce. It's a real life Annie Proulx story.

If you are familiar with Alexandra Fuller's memoirs of Africa you will know how she can conjure up the smell and feel of a place and bring the cast of characters to life.

The Legend Of Colton H Bryant is even better than her first two books.The prose is as lean and tough as the Bryant family and the landscape they inhabit. Read this angry, sad, powerful, wonderful book and feel a sense of loss for a man you never knew.
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An excellent read bringing an inevitable tear to the eye. The pain, dirt and outright inevitability of this tragedy makes you realise how cosseted many of us are. The tight prose and dialogue pulls you in. I've already started using some of the quotes - Cowboy Up Cupcake, everyone has their freakin' problems.
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I have read and enjoyed Alexandra Fuller's previous books about her African life and was interested to discover this book recently. Everything about it is different. It is not about 20th century life in Southern Africa, not about the Fuller family and the writing style is very different but what a story. It is about premature death in 21st century USA in Wyoming.

This is a heart-wrenching account of the extraordinary life of an ordinary young man who lived the American dream and became collateral damage of the profit-hungry gas industry despoiling the high wilderness and the 'redneck' families of Wyoming. It is impossible to read this book and not feel outraged and heartbroken. A powerful little book which I hope gets widely read by those in the US who could and should change the conduct of the mining companies.
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By Billy The Baker TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2010
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I've never been to Wyoming but after reading Alexandra Fuller's tale of the life and death of Colton H. Bryant I feel like I know a small part of Wyoming and some of the people who live there. This is a short tale and though tragic it is also filled with positive and heartwarming vignettes of some good people. I read it all in one night, a real "could not put it downer" and felt very upset when it was all over. I first cried reading page six when Fuller tells of Colton's torment at the hands of the Kmart cowboys, then lost count of the times I shed tears or broke into smiles as the short life of this young man was recounted. Books do not often upset me in this way. They may make me think deep thoughts but bringing tears to these old eyes takes a bit of doing. I usually consider myself to be an old hardbitten soul who once worked in the oil patch but this story tugged at heart strings I thought would never be plucked again.

I found out about this book prowling around the Internet and as soon as I read other reviews and descriptions, plus some interviews with the author, I knew I had to have it. It's about the best book I've bought in a few years (and I've bought a few!) and I'm so intent on re-reading it that although I have now passed it on to my sister to read I've also bought another copy for my "always keep" shelf. Not to be missed.
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Can only agree with the other two reviewers. I adored the writing style, language and real life characters. This book is now doing the rounds - family and friends are enjoying it. It's especially poignant that the demise of this young man should touch all those that choose to read his legend! Loved it!
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I loved this book, the story is of course tragic but the writing is so beautiful. Alexandra Fuller's prose even captures the cadence of the locals. I loved this sentence so much I'm going to reproduce it:

"And he pawned a watch to fill up the little Mazda's tank with gas and off he and Cody went for another round of punishment in another dusty arena in another place where the coffee tasted of unfiltered ditchwater and Stars and Stripes shredded in the dry wind from the tops of the commentators' boxes and America wore its heart in its mouth while bulls ran wild over the sand and the sun set like heartbreak."

The sun set like heartbreak! That will stay with me. Thank you, Alexandra
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Just another excellent book by Alexander Fuller. She has an extremly good way of mirroring life & living conditions including the way the people talk.
This time it is not playing in Africa, but the new old wild west!
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Absolutely brilliant. Alexandra Fuller is a genius. Colton and the many other people living in Wyoming are as real and beautifully drawn as any in literature. Coming from a family with a ranching background, I was astounded at Fuller's eye for detail and ear for the music of their language.

A great read. One of the few books which I have kept and look forward to reading again.
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