'The Last Cowboy' - Lee Gowan
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Mar. 15th, 2007 | 11:59 am
music: Nothing in my Way - Keane
posted by: creamsodaangel in tikitealog
BOOK: The Last Cowboy
AUTHOR: Lee Gowan
GENRE: Canadian Fiction
Sam McMahon can't understand why his banker colleagues in Toronto keep calling him "cowboy", when he prefers opera to C&W and fine wine to beer. Sam's marriage is falling apart, and in his confusion he beings to wonder whether he should have followed in the footsteps of his womanizing brother Vern, whose modest ambitions and self-satisfied calm make life look almost simple. Vern helps their father work the family farm, inherited from their grandfather, Old Sam.
When Sam's wife leaves him stranded by the side of a Saskatchewan highway, he is rescued by a woman named Ai Lee in a rented Toyota. Ai is a film location scout who's searching for the perfect cliff for legendary director James Aspen's new film The Last Cowboy.
This is also the story of Old Sam, stubborn as a bull and totally compelling. Old Sam dreams of an older West, when he spent his days mending fences, riding horses, raising cattle. To save young Sam, then ten years old, from what he considers the malaise of the late-twentieth century, Old Sam drags him off into a blizzard on horseback on a mission to save a lost calf. This action has drastic consequences that extend across generations and well beyond the McMahon family.
This book was really really good! While I will say that I originally picked it up due to it being a Canadian author, this is definitely a book I recommend to everyone! While the title might make it sound like a romance (I was a little leerie when I picked it out of the pile at first), it's not at all. It's a classic tale of fiction that tells the stories of the characters, and has aboth a modern and a past context.
I really enjoyed the way the voices of the characters intertwine with each other to weave the story. It makes the book original and gives a different perspective to the settings. It's the whole idea of hearing both sides of the story.
My only gripe with this book is that I didn't want it to end, I wanted to keep reading. The note that it's ended on, while a satisfactory ending to the story, left me wanting more and left the story up to my imagination.