The Log of a Cowboy 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 expe

  • Title: The Log of a Cowboy
  • Author: Andy Adams
  • ISBN: 9780143039686
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Montana the daily drudStraightforwardly 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 Montana 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 This is the first edition of this work published as a Penguin Classic For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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      Andy Adams 1859 1935 was born to pioneer parents in Indiana, worked in Texas for ten years driving cattle, and settled in Colorado Springs, where he began writing his real stories of cowboys in the West.While still in his teens, Adams ran away from home He eventually made his way to Texas, where he found work as a cowboy From 1882 to 1893, Adams witnessed firsthand the golden era of the Texas cattle industry, a time when the cowboys ran cattle on vast open ranges still relatively unrestricted by barbed wire fences In 1883, he made the first of many cattle drives along the famous cattle trails running north from Texas to the cow towns of Kansas As farmers began to challenge the ranchers for control of the land, Adams witnessed the gradual fencing in of the cattle country that would eventually end the short age of the open range He made his last cattle drive in 1889.In 1893, Adams left Texas for Colorado, attracted by rumors of gold at Cripple Creek Like most would be miners, he failed to make a fortune in the business He eventually settled in Colorado Springs, where he remained for most of his life While doing on a variety of jobs, Adams began to write stories based on his experiences as a Texas cowboy In 1903, he found a publisher for his novel The Log of a Cowboy, a thinly disguised autobiography of his life on the plains A fascinated public welcomed tales from the former cowboy, and Adams wrote and published four similar volumes in less than four years.Adams distinguished himself from the majority of other western authors of the day with his meticulous accuracy and fidelity to the truth As its name implied, The Log of a Cowboy was a day by day account of a cattle drive Adams had made from Texas to Montana The book had little plot beyond the progress of the cattle herd toward Montana, and had none of the romantic excitement offered by less literal chroniclers of the West Adams self avowed goal was to make his fiction indistinguishable from fact, and as one commentator has noted, in this he succeeds only too well While a reader searching for a good story might find Adams books somewhat dull today, historians and writers looking for an accurate depiction of the cowboy life have found them invaluable Beyond his five best known books, Adams also wrote two popular novels for juveniles later in his career When he died in Colorado Springs in 1935, he left a number of unpublished manuscripts of novels, stories, and plays that historians of the Old West have also found useful.



    2 thoughts on “The Log of a Cowboy

    1. 3 ½ stars. This book was published in 1903. The author, Andy Adams, was born in 1859 in Indiana, grew up on a livestock farm there, and eventually became a cowboy in Texas in the last two decades of the nineteenth century. He knew cattle drives from personal experience, and after leaving the horseback life, moved to Colorado and began writing fiction about what he knew best: cowboys and cattle.I’ve seen it claimed in reviews here on that Larry McMurtry used this book as a source for his Lone [...]

    2. 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.

    3. I read this many years ago. As I recall, it is very true account of the early days and life on the cattle drives. Many of these came through New Mexico and many of the drovers were Hispanic.

    4. Andy Adams was a prolific writer, and thanks to the University of Nebraska Press, some of this former cowboy's output is still in print. This true-to-life story of an 1882 cattle drive is his best known, and its retelling 100 years later in Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" is evidence of its importance among early works of Western fiction.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 extinguis [...]

    5. Andy Adams (1903, 1981). The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days. Time-Life Books Inc.[return]Set in the late 1800s, Adam's tale is often listed as the best account of cowboy life ever written. The author condensed a dozen year's work experience in the saddle into this book about a five-month cattle drive - - delivery of three thousand head from the mouth of the Rio Grande river (near Brownsville) in southwest Texas to government buyers at the Blackfoot Indian Agency in northwest [...]

    6. This book was great. Its less about being a cowboy specifically than it is about a broader unique way of life--leaving home far behind you and striking out on a journey with a group of people. Loggers, whalers, Navy sailors, oil derrick operators. There are few occupations that isolate you to face adversity with a group of relative strangers bound only by a common skill and a will to get paid. I've experienced it and this combined with appealing characters, an ever present sense of adventure, an [...]

    7. I enjoyed this book. I found it fascinating and interesting. I loved learning how different things were without our modern technology. I was sad when the book ended, I wanted it to continue so that I could learn what a train ride was like and how the reunion with their families went. The version I read was free for my Nook. The formatting and copying were poor quality but I was still able to understand most of it. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read a copy with better formatting and editi [...]

    8. It took me awhile to get into this book as I at first found the narration rather dry. But the further I got into it the more I appreciated it's honest representation of what life on a cattle drive of the old west must have been like. Without the flourish of a western novel, but rather a real picture of the daily life and tribulations of a cattle drive in the 1880s. I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

    9. Well-written account of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana in the year 1882. For the first time I understood what cowboys actually did in addition to strumming guitars and blasting away with their six-shooters - though they do some of that too.

    10. If you want to know what the old West really was like, read this! This is a true story written by a man who lived in those times and saw it all happening. No random gunfights, no brothels, no outlaws. Just hardworking men who relax hard too. These are also very good boys; you don't catch them messing around with loose women. One cowboy finds a can with a picture of Regency period ladies dining. "Them old gals had oughtta be ashamed to dress like that!" He exclaims. This book also brings to life [...]

    11. I grew up watching westerns with my Dad and now live in Oklahoma, so I'm a little biassed to a good western. The Log of a Cowboy was such a joy to read! It took me to the trail and immersed me. I never knew where the story was going next and enjoyed every second of it!

    12. I had seen this mentioned variously in Western American Lit. Crit. It's academically interesting but, I found, mostly uneventful.

    13. Really probably at least 3 1/2 stars for being fascinating without being mind-blowing or life-changing ;) This was a great read! I never would have thought! I mean, I like a good Western, but I don't think this really qualifies in the "Western" genre except that it concerns cows and cowboys and sometimes guns. Really its exactly what it says it is, a "Log"--a diary of sorts of one cowboy's trail drive from the Gulf of Mexico to Montana. Over 2400 miles, 3500 cows, took just over 5 months. It has [...]

    14. Log of a Cowboy is one of those books that people keep mistaking for non-fiction. It's not non-fiction; it's a novel. But the mistake is understandable. For one thing, it reads like a memoir. For another, the author did in fact go on several trail drives during the period he's discussing, and wow does he know his stuff about horses, cattle drives, and the the people who worked with both--this makes it one of the few novels that also works well for research. After a brief biographical start about [...]

    15. I needed to do some basic research on what it was like to be on a cattle drive in the late 1800s, and this memoir-style novel, written by someone who actually was a working cowboy on cattle drives in the 1880s, was a painless way to learn what I needed. The way the drives worked, the different characters on the drive and along the way, and the account of daily life on the drive were all fascinating. Since it's not a novel with a structured conflict-climax-resolution plot but rather, as the title [...]

    16. "The Log of a Cowboy", Andy Adams. 1905. The American Western is a genre that has been played out, diluted and distorted by hundreds of inexpensive films and cheap dime novels. It is a unique experience to read a basically unmolested, authentic, first hand account of an American cowboy of the 1880's. Andy Adams's book is based on his experiences working cattle for two season from north of the Rio Grande up though eastern Montana. Adams affectionately names his black gelding "Nigger Boy". As anyo [...]

    17. Not quite what I was hoping for. Definitely valuable in terms of historical context & (presumably) realistic descriptions of situations we only see elsewhere as imagined by a Hollywood director who thinks a horseshoe can be laced up. Some bits dragged, but other chapters were fascinating; the sheer magnitude of the stampede really put a lot of other books into perspective! Graphic warning - one injury in particular was nauseating.Although the plot was pretty much non-existent (we're driving [...]

    18. A slow and sometimes ponderous story about a young man on a cattle drive. Not particularly thrilling if you prefer a fast moving novels but this, like The Virginian is a wonderfully atmospheric story about life in the era after the Civil War. Not much happens really. Cattle move from one place to another, there are stampedes and rivers to cross and droughts to overcome and tall tales round the camp fires, but that is the beauty of this book. Like The Virginian, it shows us the huge expanse of la [...]

    19. I think that this is an excellent look into what it was like to be a cowboy in the 1800s in the west. You ride along with the cowboys as they head off stampedes, cattle rustlers, town brawls, and dangerous river crossings. You can visualize the sounds and smells as this cowboy tells of the adventure. It is written by a white man of the period and you'll see areas that will make you uncomfortable as when he names his black horse, treatment of an Indian woman, and his description of cornering and [...]

    20. I read this back in the day, soon after my life on horseback ended and the pains of leaving that life were fresh in my mind. It was a fabulous book, especially if you want the romantic part of being amongst thousands of wild cattle on completely open range for weeks and months on end. This story, autobiography, outlines the lives cowboys, real cowboys, lived. If you really begin to actually dissect what the author is saying, the romanticism fades and a harsh reality of life in the Old West is di [...]

    21. The story follows a cowboy driving a herd of cattle from Texas to Montana, an authentic (yet fictional) story about the hardships on the way, river crossings, handling strays and neighbors cattle on the still open range. Absolutely fascinating!One has to get used to the writing style, yet for lovers of the (real) Western life, cowboys and horses, cattle and rough country, this book is a must!I own a Hardcover ISBN 13: 9781567311747 published in 1997, which is a reproduction of a book published b [...]

    22. This was written more than 100 years ago, and Larry McMurtry obviously used it as a model for Lonesome Dove. The cowboys take the same exact path from South Texas to Montana, and go through the same town. It's not on the level of a Lonesome Dove, mind you, but it is interesting reading for any fan of McMurtry's series I'd give it two stars for writing, but I ended up giving it four because I'm a fan of Gus and Call, and I enjoyed following the trail again.

    23. Adams' wrote Log of a Cowboy in 1903 recounting his trail days in the 1880's driving a herd of cows from Mexico to the Blackfoot Agency in Northern Montana. Six months on the trail sleeping on the ground, long hours in the saddle covering 20 miles a day or less, living with the changing landscape and the vagaries of weather. Truly a wonderful account of a life that we can only try to understand through the author's words.

    24. I read this mainly for little bits of language I could steal for poetry--and it was full of gems!Other than that, I don't really recommend the book, unless you're interested in the cowboy life; but it's fiction, and there are better nonfiction works in that regard. Bottom line: good, quick-reading story without much else going for it.

    25. An excellent book which I read from Project Guttenburg. I like this author's narrative style. It offers a more fully developed view of cowboy life than we get from the TV or moveis. Worth the time to read, particularly if you are a fan of the Old West. There were a few spelling typos from the process of putting the book into P.G

    26. The narration style reminded me of listening to my grandpa tell stories. It was very easy-going, even during the most exciting moments. A Western that feels no need to add romance or gun fights just to spice things up, but lets the action unfold realistically.

    27. This book was published in 1902 and is a fictionalized history of a trail drive from Mexico to Montana. It is considered to be the best rendition of what a cattle drive was really like back in the late 1800's. Well worth the read if you are interested in cowboy history.

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