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Cowboys Can Fly by [Smith, Ken]
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Product Details

  • 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
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By J. Keil on February 11, 2014
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I just finished Cowboys Can Fly, I'm lost for words overwhelmed with emotions. Maybe I can begin simply by saying this book genuinely deserves 5 stars. Remember your boyhood, remember the boys that you knew, I do even now that I'm old and silverhaired, this book is so much like the way boyhood should be. A 14 year old gay British lad's adventures in a fatherless but love filled country home, in enchanted tree perches, in the bathtub, in his bed, in his cowboy's bed. Ken Smith is a gifted writer. His is a story of the beauty of youth and the emergence of adolesence.The boyhood bonds that are as priceless as gold and that establish a comraderie that remains in men for a lifetime. The only challenge for me was the British terminolgy but I came to enjoy its simplistic elegance. This book is highly sexual but tastefully so, totally non-pornographic but enticing our memory of wet dreams and of the daytime dreams that were never the same after those precious years. A treasure! A keeper.
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This is an outstanding book that is both heartwarming, with elements of great joy and freedon and also the feelings of great loss and sadness. The story demonstrates how two young adolescent boys can truly have great love and care for each other that many adults do not realize nor understand. The ending is very emotional
I highly recommend this book..
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Reading COWBOYS CAN FLY is a beautifully evocative experience ... one that allows us to revisit our own adolescence as the author sends us running joyously - with teen boys Toby and Cy (as well as Boy Ghost) - through what could well have been E. M. Forster's "greenwood."

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.
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I enjoyed this story. It's very heartfelt and poignant. The author has talent and skill and really delivers emotions when and where it counts. The sexual overtones were very subtle and in keeping with the ages of the main characters. It was a story more about friendship than a boy's desire for another boy, although that desire was what drove the story.
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I had not heard of Ken Smith till this came up as a recommendation on Amazon and I cannot understand why ?. They keep pushing Mills and Boon style M/M books written mostly by women, so I was not expecting much. What a surprise, Maybe its just an age thing, being an old gay man, but good writing is good writing and this is second only to Teardrops on my drum. and I'm not ashamed to say there were teardrops on my face reading this gem. I have already ordered more of his work.
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This was all that I expected and hoped the book would be. The author took me back to my own teen days and the innocence of simpler times. I felt a connection with Toby, his love of live, and his ease of just being who he is. I felt the entire range of emotions as I was allowed to share his feelings as he dealt with life and its many beautiful and tragic turns. These were my thought and feelings too. A reminder of a time that was a gift meant to be enjoyed. As I read this book, I found myself laughing out loud and also holding back tears.

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.
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A charming and touching love story with a suitably sad ending. Fourteen-year-old Toby roams the English countryside of the 1960s and dreams of romance with another boy until good-looking but ominously ill fifteen-year-old Cy almost magically enters his life and captures his heart. The blossoming of their love, both emotional and physical despite never being consummated, is marvelously captured.

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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