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by Andy Adams
To the cowmen and boys of the old western trail. These pages are gratefully dedicated.
To the cowmen and boys of the old western trail. During the first few days of the raid, a number of mounted foragingparties passed our house, but its poverty was all too apparent, andnothing was molested. Several of these parties were driving herds ofcattle and work stock of every description, while by day and by nightgins and plantation houses were being given to the flames. Ourone-roomed log cabin was spared, due to the ingenious tale told by mymother as to the whereabouts of my father; and yet she taught herchildren to fear God and tell the truth.
The Log of a Cowboy book . Andy Adams was a cowboy for 12 years. In 1903, flat broke and annoyed by the plethora of ridiculous books that purported to depict the true-life adventures of cowboys, he decided to try his own hand at writing a novel. The result is a beautifully written book, filled with fascinating detail of everyday life on the trail in 1882, as a team of 12 cowhands, 1 cook, 1 horse wrangler and a foreman drive 3100 cattle from Brownsville, Texas to the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Montana.
Andy Adams compresses a number of cattle drives together to make one in the book. He used a fictitious name but the main character is himself. He had 12 years total in the saddle as a cowboy. One person found this helpful.
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A classic fictional chronicle of life on the open trail, THE LOG OF A COWBOY has long been considered the best and .
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.
My two older brothers went first, but my father and mother made strenuous efforts to keep me at home, and did so until I was sixteen. I suppose it is natural for every country boy to be fascinated with some other occupation than the one to which he is bred. In my early teens, I always thought I should like either to drive six horses to a stage or clerk in a store, and if I could have attained either of those lofty heights, at that age, I would have asked no more.
The Log of a Cowboy" is a 1903 novel by Andy Adams. The narrator, a boy in his late teens, takes part in a large-scale cattle drive from Texas to an Indian reservation in Montana. On their way, they must endure rustlers, renegade Indians, treacherous terrain, stampedes, criminals, droughts, and more. Andy Adams (1859 - 1935) was an American western fiction writer. Other notable works by this author include: "A Texas Matchmaker" (1904), "A Texas Matchmaker" (1905) and "Cattle Brands" (1906).
Of all the books assigned, I liked it best for its sense of absolute authenticity. Oddly, most of the class disliked it, perhaps because it was not fictionalized enough. antiquary, June 15, 2008.
The trail proper consisted of many scores of irregular cow paths, united into one broad passageway, narrowing and widening as conditions permitted, yet ever leading northward. After a few years of continued use, it became as well defined as the course of a river
The trail proper consisted of many scores of irregular cow paths, united into one broad passageway, narrowing and widening as conditions permitted, yet ever leading northward. After a few years of continued use, it became as well defined as the course of a river. Several herds which had started farther up country were ahead of ours, and this we considered an advantage, for wherever one herd could go, it was reasonable that others could follow.
Straightforwardly told, rich in detail, and laced with appealing campfire humor, Andy Adams's realistic The Log of a Cowboy is a classic portrayal of the western cattle country. Drawing on his own experiences as a cowboy working in cattle and horse drives, Adams presents a vivid portrait of the challenges of trail life on a cattle drive from Texas to Montanaâ?the daily drudgery of cattle trailing, as well as the dramatic stampedes and other treacherous disruptions. Populated by a wide variety of well-drawn, lively characters, The Log of a Cowboy remains the landmark novel of the American West a century after its first appearance.First time in Penguin Classics