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The outfit : a cowboy's primer

Author: J P S Brown
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 1971.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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About modern cowboys, their hard life on the range, and modern aspects of ranch ownership.
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Genre/Form: Western stories
Fiction
Western fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J P S Brown
OCLC Number: 139268
Description: 349 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The outfit --
The crew --
Mexican saddle --
The son of the outfit --
The bunkhouse --
Cowboy --
Lame bull --
Buckaroo --
A job of work --
The experiment --
Rodeo --
Day off --
Montezuma --
Run, Maverick, run --
I, Porter --
Neighbors --
Sunspot --
Remnant --
High lonesome --
Just one --
Turning loose the dallies --
Little Barney --
Rimfire --
Houlihan --
Night loop --
The gate --
Last chance --
Tired men, tired horses, cold country --
A place to winter --
Running dog --
Front office --
Loose with the saddle on --
Turned out.
Responsibility: by J.P.S. Brown.

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About modern cowboys, their hard life on the range, and modern aspects of ranch ownership.

The setting for this virile novel is a Nevada cattle ranch covering one thousand miles of wilderness. The time is the present and the action takes place during the fall when the cattle must be rounded up. Several years of mismanagement have left the ranch and its livestock in bad shape, and the crew is faced with a monumental task in making the gather. Fences are few and far between, the saddle horses the men must work on are, for the most par, a very inferior bunch, and the "front office" is anything but understanding. Bert Sorrells is a top hand and he joins the crew on "The Outfit" because a friend has just been made manager and needs help. Sorrells also believes that the only work worth doing is on horseback. He is the sort of man, as the author puts it, that a rancher would want his son to be like but would never let his daughter marry.Conflicts arise as the men drive themselves through endless days of the hardest kind of work, and no one works harder than old Dobie Porter, who is so cripples by ancient injuries that he can barely get around on foot. Sorrells respects Porter for his skill and pride in his work, but he sees in Porter the image of himself in years to come. Working against time, for the cattle must be brought in before snow makes the mountain impassable, the work begins to take its toll on the men and their horses. The contests heighten: man against nature, man against animal, man against man -- Back cover.

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