- File Size: 522 KB
- Print Length: 175 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lethe Press (November 13, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00472O5SU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book..
Amazingly different and, in some heart-on-the-sleeve sense, much more compelling than anything else I've read by this author, COWBOYS CAN FLY is the rare "coming of age" and "coming out" story that only just barely touches upon sex as a plot device. I've enjoyed the surface pleasures of Smith's earlier books but this title completely transcends what has gone before in the way it depicts an almost innocent exploration of sexual urges and in the way it explores friendship and exuberant youthful love. There is not one wasted word or thought as Smith reveals the growing attachment between Toby and Cy, even though Cy's feelings, while very real, are a tad less defined.
Without a spoiler alert, I couldn't really talk about the ending of the story without telling more than I should. (The discerning reader will intuit way ahead of time that he or she should have a box of tissues close to hand). I'll leave that telling to Cy and Toby. Suffice it to say, the ending is not what I would have wished but it's truly beautiful, sweet, sad and real.
Wow! I would love to see more of this kind of work from Ken Smith: perhaps even a sequel to COWBOYS CAN FLY.
At Times, it reminded me somewhat of the book "The Painted House" by John Grisham with its frank and open presentation of a simpler time in a simpler place. I wanted to stay in that special place with Toby and was sorry when the pages stopped turning.
Read it, cherish it and enjoy it.
It's promotion as a book about gay adolescence does not do it justice. Though his attraction to boys is what makes Toby feel vulnerable and in need of understanding, it could as well be something else. What makes Cy an especially appealing character (besides being kind, witty and good-looking!) is that he responds to Toby's longing for love and affection out of a profound humanitysharpened by his own physical suffering rather than because he identifies with him sexually.
It is this humanity which makes the story so appealing. One might think that the attitudes of the various characters who knew Toby and (one guesses) understood his sexuality would have been less benign in the 1960s, but I found them an entirely convincing tribute to the ability of individuals to react from their hearts rather than from preconceived social dogma, perhaps especially in those more innocent days.
Deeply infused with the author's passion for the countryside and appreciation of the boy's place in it, it is also a nostalgic paean to those pre-internet and nanny-state days when freedom, responsibility and adventure still made pubescence a magical age for many boys.
Edmund Marlowe, author of Alexander’s Choice, another 14-year-old’s love story, amazon.com/dp/1481222112
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