The Brave Cowboy

The Brave Cowboy

eBook - 2011
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Jack Burns is a cowboy and a man out of time. He has a steadfast refusal to accept the what he perceives as the tyranny of the twentieth century world he lives in and instead, Burns opts to ride his feisty chestnut mare across the New West--what was once a beautiful, unblemished land but that is now tarnished by airstrips and superhighways. He rejects contemporary society, refuses to register for the draft, and cuts down any and all fences he encounters. It is this personal code of ethics and way of being that get Jack into trouble with the law, and soon enough he finds himself running from the very thing that could break his spirit--a fight for his freedom which, if caught, he may have to swap for the confinement of a grubby jail cell. The novel was adapted into the 1962 film Lonely Are the Brave starring Kirk Douglas.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : RosettaBooks, [2011]
Copyright Date: 011
ISBN: 9780795317514
Branch Call Number: FICTION Abb
Description: 1 online resource (320 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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AnnabelleLee27 Mar 01, 2017

A classic novel about a cowboy, Burns, and his horse, Whisky, moving through the mid-twentieth century Albuquerque area. His out-dated values (loyalty, independence, skill, grit) inevitable clash with the modern values of progress (growth, complexity, conformity) as he comes to the city with a plan to break his good friend out of jail. Abbey explores themes of nostalgia, honor, self determination, and ultimately of loss. While this is one of his earlier novels, Abbey is still a skilled storyteller using tight plot lines, compelling prose, and a keen eye for detail. The ending is abrupt, unpredictable, and deeply affective.
I first read and loved this novel in my early 20s (some 30 years ago now) and it was delightful to read it again at this stage in my life. I see Abbey as a man of his time, some of his assumptions (particularly about other groups of people) are cringe-worthy now but so many of his larger ideas and philosophies are still surprising and deeply relevant today. Abbey may infuriate, challenge, or inspire but he is never boring!

Sep 06, 2013

The movie "Lonely Are The Brave", starring Kirk Douglas", was derived from this book. Walter Mattaur played the sheriff

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