The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time #2020

The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time Edward Abbey The Brave Cowboy An Old Tale in a New Time The Brave Cowboy Jack Burnes is a loner at odds with modern civilization A man out of time he rides a feisty chestnut mare across the New West a once beautiful land smothered beneanth airstrips and s

  • Title: The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time
  • Author: Edward Abbey
  • ISBN: 9780942688887
  • Page: 491
  • Format: None
  • The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time Edward Abbey The Brave Cowboy Jack Burnes is a loner at odds with modern civilization A man out of time, he rides a feisty chestnut mare across the New West a once beautiful land smothered beneanth airstrips and superhighways And he lives by a personal code of ethics that sets him on a collision course with the keepers of law and order Now he has stepped over the line by breakin The Brave Cowboy Jack Burnes is a loner at odds with modern civilization A man out of time, he rides a feisty chestnut mare across the New West a once beautiful land smothered beneanth airstrips and superhighways And he lives by a personal code of ethics that sets him on a collision course with the keepers of law and order Now he has stepped over the line by breaking one too many of society s rulus The hounds of justice are hot in his trail But Burnes would rather die than spend even a single night behind bars And they have to catch him first.
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    1. I saw the BW film Lonely Are the Brave than a decade before I heard the name Edward Abbey Kirk Douglas wrote that this was his favorite film, ever If one needs a comparison name it s Cowboys meet the Modern World The film started not only Douglas but Bill Bixby My Favorite Martian , Walter Mattheu, George Kennedy, Gena Rowlands, Carroll O Connor Archie Bunker as the truck driver with an ending the only Ed could write and one Ed Abbey as a police man deputy, oh and the Sandia Mountains and the c [...]

    2. I grabbed this new edition when I learned it was written by Edward Abbey I read The Monkeywrench Gang decades ago when I was a rebellious teen who had friends working for Greenpeace The plot and characters were quite engaging Jack Burns is equally interesting, if not so Here is the last cowboy, doing his damndest to live off the grid and maintain a lifestyle and worldview that only exists in Western movies and books He lives by the Code meaning an internal moral and ethical integrity that is so [...]

    3. Never doubt the universality of the basic premise here there is inescapable tension between the needs of the individual and the requirements of living in relationship.The plot elements are well conceived it s a great story The setting is spectacular, colorful, rich, a character all its own, described in detail Unhappily, Abbey has a greater feel for the character of the place than he has for the character of the people The story bogs down because the focus constantly shifts away from the human e [...]

    4. Abbey wrote his MA thesis on the topic of justifications of violence in the anarchist movement The philosophy department at University of New Mexico awarded him the MA in 1956 Abbey spent the rest of his life working on the theme of his thesis The theme of independent men trying to live in a world being undermined by corporate greed and dim witted governance appears in this novel no less than in Fire on the Mountain and The Monkey Wrench Gang As in all his writing, the vivid descriptions of New [...]

    5. Basis for the movie Lonely are the Brave Jack Burns, the anachronism, travels to town to break his buddy out of jail Unfortunately this is mid 20th century Albuquerque, and cowboys breaking their buddies out of jail just don t have much luck His friend is in for helping illegal immigrants not a typical cowboy crime Jack remains true to the code that says you stick with your buddies and family to the end, tries breaking his friend out, fails, and then runs for the hills and Mexico beyond That s w [...]

    6. Edward Abbey writes a fine story about the cowboy Edward Burns and his loathing of government and the restrictions that law places on man s free will Taking place in the New Mexican desert, the tale follows Burns purposeful arrest, his attempt to spring his companion from the clink, his own subsequent escape and the chase that the law gives him into the mountains, where he eventually evades his pursuers andwell, you re just going to have to read to find out 4 stars because, even though I love al [...]

    7. I m thoroughly surprised I got through this book omg it s so monotonous which surprised me cuz it s Ed Abbey and it s about an anarchist cowboy And like I know I should take in account that it was published in 1956 but it was absurdly racist and the boring plot wouldn t let me overlook that so I did like parts of it and still like Abbey as an author but it was overall disappointing and cheesy like Wow Hard to get through.

    8. I read this in the cutest old western edition thanks Steve And it s a cute old western Except written by Edward Abbey, and so has a loveably heavy handed ending relating to the demise of the American west, and a certain kind of man The characters are all fully told, which is refreshing in a chase novel.

    9. Eh, I ve loved Abbey books, both fiction and non but this one was lacking the gritty humor and brazen environmentalism I m use to Barely finished it, and the ending was tragic but predictable.

    10. A western that is out of the norm for me I actually liked it Maybe in part because I enjoy the writings of Edward Abbey, who was originally from a little town in Western Pennsylvania near where I live The name of the town Home, PAAnyway The story of a modern day cowboy the book was written in the 1950s who likes the wide open spaces, and doesn t like government The cowboy breaks into jail commits a crime and gets arrested so that he can break himself and a friend who is in jail already out of ja [...]

    11. I don t know if this is sacrilege, but I found this book to be much well written than The Monkeywrench Gang, and with a clearer and less heavy handed message The plot was almost excessively simple but enjoyable, and the characters here seemed a bit less goofy that in TMG, and as usual Abbey s love of all things natural comes through in the best way possible.

    12. Rather slow, painful descent into hopelessness for the reader that is, as the main character never gives up I found the book way too accuratly depressing to enjoy it like someone sticking a finger in a core wound.

    13. I like the idea of the book better than Abbey s execution of it I much prefer Abbey when he straightforwardly philosophizes about life and the modern world or when he writes about the landscape and his experience of it Much less well do I like when he writes about people, fictional or otherwise I just don t think he is nearly as observant of, moved by, or sensitive to people as he is by the land, ideas, or his own experience.Abbey s characters in the Brave Cowboy, while interesting, are not full [...]

    14. When stock wrangler Jack Burns heard tell that his old friend Paul had gotten himself thrown in the can, he knew there was only one thing to do get himself thrown in so he could arrange for a jailbreak So, riding north he goes on his not so faithful horse, Whisky Two problems one, Paul doesn t want to be jailbroken, because it s only a two year sentence and that s a lot easier for his young family to bear than a lifetime of being hunted Two, the sheriff isn t an old timey fellow with a tin star [...]

    15. It was one of Edward Abbey s regrets that he was appreciated for his nature writing Desert Solitaire than his fiction And it was another regret that he was mostly forgotten as the author of the story on which the movie Lonely are the Brave was based However, after reading The Brave Cowboy, I d have to vote with those who find his nonfiction far inspiring and satisfying It s a novel that still rewards the reading, but almost 50 years after its publication in 1956, it seems somewhat dated, while [...]

    16. Well I have a very mixed response to this On the one hand, the style was beautiful Very lyrical, incredibly flowing, beautifully descriptive It was both real life, and better That said, while I loved the style, the plot and characters left something to be desired for me I was not a fan of the hero, and it s hard not to cheer for your protagonist I didn t support the decisions the main characters made, and than that, I didn t understand or sympathize with them I don t have to agree with what the [...]

    17. Abbey s anarchist views come out full force in this beautiful, yet deeply troubling tale of friendship and sacrifice The Cowboy s friend has been imprisoned and the Cowboy attempts to break him out of jail by getting himself arrested When his friend refuses to escape, the Cowboy climbs out of the jail and leads the police forces on a deadly chase that ends in disaster.What s really troubling about this story is that the two friends are Korean veterans soldiers in a war that was undeclared By the [...]

    18. I love the way this book describes man s contrasting natures and sets the scene for this truth around 1950 s Albuquerque The protagonist is a cowboy and the first chapter describes his peaceful existence between the volcanoes and the mountain From the onset we see he is stuck with old fashioned ideals like his horse and we like his honesty He rides his horse across the highways to his friend s house who has been imprisoned for not registering for the draft This is where the story develops into a [...]

    19. I had seen the movie Lonely are the Brave many yrs ago with Kirk Douglas and having read some of Edward Abbey s books, I decided to read this one It did not disappoint As Abbey usually does, he presents characters that reject modern technology The cowboy, John Burns, had in fact served in WWII but then violated the 1948 Selective Service Act and did not register for the draft In fact, he will not carry any kind of modern identification such as a driver s license or Social Security card The book [...]

    20. Abbey, Edward 1992 Brave Cowboy Harper Perennial return Cowboy Jack Burns travels to Albuquerque to aid his best friend, Paul Bondi Bondi is in the County lockup and will soon be sent to a federal penitentiary Burns plans to help Bondi escape and takes steps to also get arrested and sent to the same jail Burns finds that his friend does not want to run from his sentence, but the cowboy cannot spend another day in lockup Jack Burns breaks out and lawmen take up pursuit return return The second of [...]

    21. Abbey is lyrical and utilizes his language skills in this pursuit story He falls short on characterization, though It was hard to sympathize with the protagonist and the ending felt very contrived Excellent tension in the final long chase scene, but only a backcountry wilderness guide from New Mexico would care about all the words wasted on describing how Banks went North through this canyon and then around the ledge to the east and then back through the dry arroyo and looking into this other ca [...]

    22. This book has all the makings of a western lone, solitary figure on horseback, the young housemarm who is really in love with the cowboy, a jailbreak, and a wild chase through the countryside Abbey writes with the idiosyncrasies of a western author prose dripping in imagery, cowboy dialect, and a nice mind for the emotions and feelings that accompany the cowboy lifestyle It s a western, sure Except that it is set in the early 50s That makes this western of a net western, like McCarthy s Border [...]

    23. I love when authors weave in multiple story lines from different characters Abbey portrayed the sheriff, cowboy, philosopher and truck driver in ways that are relatable to all The characters are different and yet embody the same vision and heart be free in ones own skin in the world the pace of the book was pretty fast due to the fact that it was enthralling and once you finish one character you go right into another and then want to go back to the first one The ending chapters were the slowest [...]

    24. Story of a cowboy that rides his horse into a 1950 s New Mexico city to rescue a friend who is in jail over objecting to the draft Stoic descriptions with a touch of sarcasm of the city, and of the nature in the mountains nearby Couldn t quite get into it in an entrancing way, but pretty good Some of the descriptions of plants and terrain will be hard to visualize for those who haven t spent much time in arid and or canyonland environments For those who have, you ll likely enjoy the view.Okay.

    25. Definitely my least favorite Edward Abbey book, fiction or non The characters were flat and boring I never found myself rooting for or against any of them The plot should have been suspenseful, but Abbey s lingering on descriptions of nature actually the best part of the book lulled me into forgetting there was a chase going on Abbey has been criticized for his racism which is pretty apparent in this book I know he was young and it was the 50 s, but it s hard to look past I would recommend any o [...]

    26. PW underrated westerns Dusty trails full of tumbleweeds meet the superhighways full of cars Goodbye, chestnut mare Hello, red Cadillac The Old West is disappearing to modern society in this novel of friendship that turns from jailbreak to manhunt in Albuquerque, New Mexico Jack Burns fights against the coming future despite knowing the score The prose reads like early Cormac McCarthy The dialogue makes me drool If you like this one, seek out the even lesser known film adaptation Lonely Are the B [...]

    27. I was lucky enough to find and purchase a first edition while on field season, at a remote field station on Lake Superior While listening to an American Bittern and the surf of Lake Superior, I engulfed this first Abbey novel in a quiet afternoon I admit it, I cried at the end I had read many of his books previously, and it was a fitting first, in a fitting wild place that I read this Highly recommended, as is the movie.

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