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The time is 1877, the place the wild Wyoming-Montana territory. Will Anderson, a flinty old rancher, has a huge herd of cattle ripe for market when his regular hands, inflamed by gold fever, desert him. In desperation, he hires the only "men" available for the perilous 400 mile drive - a pack of scraggly schoolboys. Through skill and harsh discipline, Wil Anderson whips thThe time is 1877, the place the wild Wyoming-Montana territory. Will Anderson, a flinty old rancher, has a huge herd of cattle ripe for market when his regular hands, inflamed by gold fever, desert him. In desperation, he hires the only "men" available for the perilous 400 mile drive - a pack of scraggly schoolboys. Through skill and harsh discipline, Wil Anderson whips them from greenhorns into seasoned cowhands. But before the long drive is over, the boys discover that the price they must pay for manhood is a terrible one- murder and revenge! the stunning, heartbreaking climax of this extraordinary story will surprise you - and perhaps even sock you....

Title : The Cowboys
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ISBN : 9780552089791
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 241 Pages
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The Cowboys Reviews

  • Edward Erdelac
    2018-12-09 17:32

    A little slow going at first, but the details of preparing for and executing a cattle drive from Montana to South Dakota make a solid foundation for the stark violence that ensues. The characters are all well realized enough that I didn't have a problem with telling all the boys apart, and the central character Wil's angst over what he sees as his failure to raise his own sons right surely made him breathe on the page, and complimented his relations with the boys as well. I think it picked up a great deal when the rustlers showed up. I don't really recall the movie with the Duke enough to say how it translates, but this did make me wanna watch it again.

  • Lisa Scovill
    2018-12-10 20:39

    Thoroughly researched, compelling, and well crafted. I read this on a whim after I bought it at a used book sale, and wondered how I'd ever missed this as a cowboy and horse loving kid. Far more complex than the wonderful John Wayne movie.

  • Kerry Booth
    2018-11-29 18:30

    I can definitely see why they changed certain details for the movie.

  • Steve
    2018-11-25 12:26

    This book, along with The Cowboy and the Cossack were both recommended to me by my grandfather. It's the story of a cattle rancher who's cowboys all leave to search for gold and hires all the school boys in the town to herd his cattle 800 miles to market. In this story, the author conveys the gruff, unrelenting way the rancher trains the boys, along with the pain of seeing one or two die. This novel was also adapted into a movie starring John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Brown back in 1971. As always, the book is better than the movie, for you get a much better understanding of the characters, their thought process and feelings.

  • Dirk
    2018-11-13 12:39

    According to Wikipedia, Jennings wrote this book based on a film treatment he had sold, which was made into a movie with the same name, starring John Wayne. That happens to be one of my favorite movies, I’ve watched it many times and the book follows the movie pretty closely (or vice versa).Also on wikipedia it says the book “caused a lot of controversy among publishers due to its glimmers of homoeroticism”. I’d say those few glimmers are the main things that pop out as not being in the movie. And they aren’t major things, just glimmers, like the article says.If you are a big fan of the movie, you’ll probably enjoy reading the book too.

  • Doug
    2018-11-24 15:31

    This is the difinative novel about a cattle drive. The vocabulary is dead on and Jenning's research is thorough. This is a must read for any old west fan. Of course it was made into a great John Wayne flick.

  • Y Sean
    2018-12-04 14:29

    a western by one of my favorite authors. One that I will read again.

  • Julie Robinson
    2018-12-09 13:17

    Read this book over and over and over again when I was a kid.

  • Barbara Brien
    2018-11-26 17:25

    I remember being practically scarred by the end of this book. However, it was so long ago I read it that I can't trust my memories of it.