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The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time (1956)

by Edward Abbey

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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… (more)

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In this novel of the modern west, an old fashioned cowboy finds himself at odds with modern society. This book is a stark look at the decisions people make, and how those decisions lead to tragedy. ( )
  Devil_llama | Apr 11, 2011 |
Abbey, Edward (1992). Brave Cowboy. Harper Perennial.
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.

The second of Abbey's novels, this is a tale of a dying breed - - the wandering cowboy of the West. It's about resistance to modern regulations, changing technology, and growth and development. It's about a looming collision between law, lawmen and fierce individual independence. It's about a possible escape - freedom. It's heading toward a wreck; it's a western classic. Served as the basis of the Kirk Douglas movie, 'Lonely are the Brave.' lj (Mar 2011) ( )
1 vote eduscapes | Mar 27, 2011 |
One of the few Abbey books made into a movie: "Lonely are the Brave," this is indeed, a parable of the cowboy in the American west today. Sold by ELBOE along with the movie on tape. ( )
  EvalineAuerbach | Nov 11, 2010 |
I wanted to like this book. I really love Abbey's imagery. It felt too much like a parable, though. I thought it was too heavy-handed, and that the characters were too extreme. In my opinion, it does not compare to The Monkey Wrench Gang. ( )
  Julia.McG | May 14, 2007 |
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To the outlaws - to all of them: the good and the bad, the ugly and the pretty, the dead and the live
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He was sitting on his heels in the cold light of the dawn, drawing pale flames through a handful of twigs and dry crushed glass.
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