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The Brave Cowboy

An Old Tale in a New Time

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From acclaimed author and literary genius Edward Abbey comes this classic novel that inspired the motion picture Lonely Are The Brave—a stirring and unforgettable tribute to the American hero and the American West.

The Brave Cowboy is a classic of modern Western literature. It 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 towards 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 towards their destiny.

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Critical Praise

“The Thoreau of the American West.” —Larry McMurtry

“Abbey is a fresh breath from the farther reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier.” —Houston Chronicle

“Abbey writes with fierce eloquence of landscape and city, of stunted souls and drunken despair. He can be funny and poignant at once” —Publishers Weekly

“We are living… among punishments and ruins. For those that know this, Edward Abbey’s books remain an indispensable solace.” —Wendell Berry

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062429964
  • ISBN 10: 0062429965
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • On Sale: 02/23/2016
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Westerns

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