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The Log Of A Cowboy: A Narrative Of The Old Trail Days

by Andy Adams

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This story of a real cowboy's life in the late nineteenth century includes long, dusty cattle drives, stampedes, river crossings and Indian attacks. The characters who people the "Wild West" are interesting and vividly described. However, Murphey is not an inspired reader. He has a pleasant voice but fails to add drama or intensity with pacing or even changing volume. This work is not very suitable for audio as it is not action packed nor is there much dialogue. The abridgment is also short and not engrossing. Though billed as a "classic Western," this presentation will only appeal to real Western aficionados. S.C.A. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Richard W. Etulain, in his introduction
The most significant fictional treatment of the cattle drive alongside Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove.

The New York Times : "If ever there were such a thing as an all-time 'best' western, THE LOG OF A COWBOY is it."

The Denver Post : "Personal and often poignant...'The Log of a Cowboy' is indeed a classic." --Sybil Downing

J. Frank Dobie : "If all other books on trail-driving were destroyed, a reader could still get a just as authentic conception of trail men, trail work, range cattle, cow horses, and the cow country in general from The Log of a Cowboy." -- J. Frank Dobie

"Personal and often poignant...'The Log of a Cowboy' is indeed a classic." --Sybil Downing

Book Description
A classic fictional chronicle of life on the open trail, THE LOG OF A COWBOY has long been considered the best and most reliable account of real cowboy life ever written. In the years following the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Andy Adams left his home in the San Antonio Valley and took to the range. Here he charts his first journey as a bona fide cowboy, from south Texas to Montana along the western trail. Guided by his plainspoken, sure-saddled voice and the living, breathing feel of firsthand experience on every page, we relive dusty cattle drives, perilous river crossings, honor-based gunfights, and narrow escapes from buffalo stampedes, not to mention tall tales passed around the campfire and such unforgettable characters as Bull Durham and Bill Blades. THE LOG OF A COWBOY, newly introduced by Thomas McGuane, offers a true depiction of a cowboy's life and work as well as a classic adventure story of the great American frontier.

About the Author
Andy Adams is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: The Log of a Cowboy Thomas McGuane is a contributor for Houghton Mifflin Company titles including: 'The Log of a Cowboy'



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