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- Listening Length: 3 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Phoenix Books
- Audible.com Release Date: December 15, 1999
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000544OH
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The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days Audible – Abridged
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Here the protagonist is a young cowboy much like the author, who trailed beef from Texas to Montana at a time just after the buffalo herds were being extinguished from the short grass prairies and homesteading had not yet fenced in the high plains. Oklahoma was still "Indian Territory," Little Big Horn was a recent memory, and Native Americans were in the last shameful stages of being forced off the open rangeland. The railroads were snaking across the land making frontier boom towns where law and order either prevailed (Dodge) or more often did not (Ogallala), and the vast cattle herds of Texas and Mexico finally had a market and access to it.
Adams was born into this world and as a young man cowboyed during the height of the cattle drive era. His book is an account of one trek, delivering 3,000 head of cattle to the Blackfoot Agency in northern Montana. For the protagonist, the initial excitement wears off once the daily routine is established, and besides the occasional stampede and wet weather, the highlights of the journey are brief visits to the cowtowns they pass along the way and the many river crossings, some of which pose enormous difficulties.
We get to know all the men in the outfit by name, and a few stand out, including Flood the foreman, McCann the cook, and the protagonist's trail mate The Rebel, who is older and wiser and something of a mentor.Read more ›
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I appreciate much of the modern miracles we take for granted - internet, mobile (cellular) phones, satellite TV and the ability to produce tremendous, special-effects driven movies. Still, I wonder if we are missing something in all our instant self-gratification lifestyle...
Don't get me wrong, I am not one to call the old days the good days. We not only have more luxury today, we also have more opportunity and greater political and intellectual freedom. I am merely trying to point out that many of us fail to seize opportunity and fail to recognize the value of our more primitive instincts.
Read THE LOG OF A COWBOY and see if you don't also wonder. Then also try finding a copy of Africa's equal, MEMORIES OF A GAME RANGER. If you also will peruse my ABOUT Me profile at Amazon's book reviews and you'll find a few more gems you probably never heard of but that you will thoroughly enjoy - Bill Anderson.
Well, folks, it's a novel, as the largely symbolic names for the characters might indicate: Priest, Flood, Officer, Strayhorn, Forrest, Blades, Wheat, Straw, etc., etc. I finally got around to reading it, and enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular or overdrawn--- it would not be surprising to discover that every incident is based on something that directly happened to the author or one of his cowboy sidekicks during his trail-herding days. All the classic situations are here, including visits to Dodge City and Oglalla, fiendishly difficult river crossings, stampedes, rustlers, con-men and segundos, chuck wagons and remudas, saloon gunfights and card-sharping. The number of 20th Century western authors who turned to this 1903 novel to obtain some authentic details to insert into their own trail-drive sequences is probably also close to uncountable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very interested in this because my great-grandfather and grandfather took their Texas cattle to market in droves like this man depicts, except not so far. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bonnie Lee
very well spun tale of a very complex set of circumstancesPublished 5 months ago by Rusty Etheredge
Great account of what life was like on cattle drive. The good and the bad . Enjoyed reading this book.Published 8 months ago by Will Stolhand
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I am not into ranch or cowboy history. It's about how people lived, who happened to be cowboys and an integral part of the growth of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Don & Jan
Fantastic fun reads about people who, 100 plus years ago, dealt with many of the emotional issues faced by people today.Published 8 months ago by Stephen P.
Great book that brings to light a lot of American history and myths.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Much more realistic than the Old Western dime store novels. If you want to experience the day-to-day journal of a real cowboy, this book delivers.Published 11 months ago by Catherine S. Hutchison