The brave cowboy: An old tale in a new time (A Zia book)

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This book, made into the movie "Lonely Are the Brave," established Edward Abbey as one of our preeminent exponents of the western legend.

The hero, Jack Burns, reserves the 20th century. He canters down the main street of Duke City, (a thinly disguised Albuquerque), tears up his draft card and ignores the detritus of our age. His stubborn adherence to the values of the Old West make him anathema to those who uphold the new law of the land.

"The cowboy's flight from captivity in a grubby jail cell to the pure freedom of the beckoning mountains is a symbolic journey that most men, at one time or another, either in reality or in their imagination, make."--William T. Pilkington

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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

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