The Legend of Colton H Bryant Paperback – 6 Apr 2009
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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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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.
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.
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.
"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
This time it is not playing in Africa, but the new old wild west!
A great read. One of the few books which I have kept and look forward to reading again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read most of Aleaxandra Fullers writings with great joyPublished 3 months ago by Inger Nielsen
Brilliantly written as with all the authors books. So glad I discovered her.Published 5 months ago by Helena Peck
The story didn't grab me. It felt felt as if I were a kid again, being read a serious cowboy story about a boy called Colton, and the reader were an adult trying hard to sound... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2014 by Sasha
Once again Alexandra Fuller has written another book to her previous high standards, her writing contains so much detail lets hope she will write another.Published on 31 Dec. 2013 by Ronf
A beautiful, lyrical and, yes, haunting book. By the end of the book, we feel we have grown to know, like and admire Colton. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2010 by Gary
I bought this book having spotted it in Sainsburys of all places, in the best seller list, we were about to depart on a holiday to Wyoming and Montana and I read it while I was... Read morePublished on 5 July 2010 by Carolyn