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The cattle drive But as they overcome hardships and trials along the trail a deep understanding and mutual respect develops between the men in both group Being unfamiliar with Western novels my knowledge of the code of the cowboy the credo has come from cinema If there was one steadfast pillar of the credo which I learned from John Ford s My Darling Clementine and The Searchers from Sergio Leone s Once Upon a Time in the West and Don Siegel s The Shootist it was the iron commitment of the cowboy s wordThe word of the cowboy was not too different from that of the soldier the samurai or the alpha animal of a pack and it was a commitment sealed in blood to be fulfilled by either completion or by death The cowboy never turned their back on their word and always always placed the objective ahead of their personal wantWe get a complete study of credo from Claire Huffaker s western masterpiece The Cowboy and the Cossack The novel starts with the arrival of a cargo ship on the shores of 19th century Russia a country being suffocated and trampled underneath the fractured rule of the Imperial Tsar and tribes of skilled and relentless nomadic warriors the feared TatarsOnboard the ship is an unlikely cargo 500 prime heads of cattle being shipped in by a ragtag but deftly skilled group of Montana cowhands The herd was purchased by a town in central Siberia and the task on hand is for the cowboys to deliver the herd safely to their final destinationFrom the outset it becomes clear that this task is far easier said than done as the brutal and unforgiving politics and geography of Russia stand to make the journey impossible at best and fatally dangerous at worst After facing a seemingly insurmountable blockade to get the cattle ashore the cowboys are met by a menacingly intimidating band of warriors a group of fifteen highly trained Russian soldiers the Cossacks who have been sent by the town to provide security for the cowboys The cowboys and the Cossacks meet face to face and it becomes no secret that there is a tremendous level of distrust and doubt for each respective camp Psychological and prejudicial walls are built up on both sides and the journey into Siberia begins on a tenuous and dangerous balance of ego driven bravado and prejudicial self preservationThe unforgiving landscape of Siberia fraught with fierce predators both human and non human alike come onto the caravan wave after wave and each assault forces the cowboys and Cossacks to depend on one another not out of choice but rather necessity As Shakespeare once wrote misery acuaints a man with strange bedfellows and the unforgiving terrain of Russia brings the men closer together in very unexpected waysBut driving this entire tale is the word of the warrior the commitment of both the cowboy and the Cossack Each is willing and prepared to give their lives for the word they made to deliver the cattle and nothing absolutely nothing can break that word Not weather not invading tribes not insurmountable odds of a spectacular scale can drive these men to turn their backs on their word Their credo is their life and is an unspoken foundation of each character s existenceHuffaker spends a considerable amount of time on character development but he does so in a little nontraditional way He focuses on perceived weaknesses of each character and juxtaposes them against their American or Russian counterpart and in doing so he makes the all important discovery that either man is not too different from the other and that the binding tie is the warrior credo It s a timeless and heartfelt notion and Huffaker does an amazing job through dialect and action of getting this across His well studied and simple but gorgeous passages of the minutiae of the warriors of the East and West their habits their preparation and how they each cope with adversity all builds up to the universal definition of what it means to be a man of honor As a reader it s a humbling joy to absorb the enviable constitutions of these amazing menHuffaker further extends the concept of credo by also giving considerable study to the relationship between man and animal particularly the relationship that a man has with his loyal steed The partnership like all partnerships of honor is one based in mutual respect The cowboys and the Cossacks alike revere their horses and cattle as they would their own family and it is both touching and revelatory to experience the relationships that they develop The Cowboy and the Cossack is a highly emotional book one that is based in the formation of eternal relationships and and friendship a bond of love and affection that is forged on the edge of a steel saber and beneath an iron horseshoe It is authentic to the relationships of men the formation of a brotherhood that most men find difficult to explain but carry out through understated small nuanced gestures Huffaker never lets us forget that these men are as hard as steel and they are not ones to share their feelings and emotions so readily or openly But as with any great man of honor their actions speak far far louder than words The story culminates in an epic battle and the damages of war strike deep and elicit genuine sadness because we finally understand what these men mean to each other and to the code of honor Every wound is earned every death a noble one No life be it man or animal is taken without honor and the defiance of the free spirit and it is this revered and fiery blood that gives this story a beautiful beating heart The Cowboy and the Cossack joins my ranks of my favorite books I didn t want it to end and I can t wait to read it again Beyond stoking the nostalgic love of the Western movies I saw as a kid it purified my heart of the skepticism and cynicism that I many times feel plagues humanity When a book can make you a better person after reading it then you know you ve stumbled onto something truly special Highly highly recommended Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 respect develops between the men in both group Being unfamiliar with Western novels my knowledge of the code of the cowboy the credo has come from cinema If there was one steadfast pillar of the credo which I learned from John Ford s My Darling Clementine and The Searchers from Sergio Leone s Once Upon a Time in the West and Don Siegel s The Shootist it was the iron commitment of the cowboy s wordThe word of the cowboy was not too different from that of the soldier the samurai or the alpha animal of a pack and it was a commitment sealed in blood to be fulfilled by either completion or by death The cowboy never turned their back on their word and always always placed the objective ahead of their personal wantWe get a complete study of credo from Claire Huffaker s western masterpiece The Cowboy and the Cossack The novel starts with the arrival of a cargo ship on the shores of 19th century Russia a country being suffocated and trampled underneath the fractured The 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there is a tremendous level of distrust and doubt for each Time Flies and Other Short Plays respective camp Psychological and prejudicial walls are built up on both sides and the journey into Siberia begins on a tenuous and dangerous balance of ego driven bravado and prejudicial self preservationThe unforgiving landscape of Siberia fraught with fierce predators both human and non human alike come onto the caravan wave after wave and each assault forces the cowboys and Cossacks to depend on one another not out of choice but Fall (VIP Book 3) (English Edition) rather necessity As Shakespeare once wrote misery acuaints a man with strange bedfellows and the unforgiving terrain of Russia brings the men closer together in very unexpected waysBut driving this entire tale is the word of the warrior the commitment of both the cowboy and the Cossack Each is willing and prepared to give their lives for the word they made to deliver the cattle and nothing absolutely nothing can break that word Not weather not invading tribes not insurmountable odds of a spectacular scale can drive these men to turn their backs on their word Their credo is their life and is an unspoken foundation of each character s existenceHuffaker spends a considerable amount of time on character development but he does so in a little nontraditional way He focuses on perceived weaknesses of each character and juxtaposes them against their American or Russian counterpart and in doing so he makes the all important discovery that either man is not too different from the other and that the binding tie is the warrior credo It s a timeless and heartfelt notion and Huffaker does an amazing job through dialect and action of getting this across His well studied and simple but gorgeous passages of the minutiae of the warriors of the East and West their habits their preparation and how they each cope with adversity all builds up to the universal definition of what it means to be a man of honor As a Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) reader it s a humbling joy to absorb the enviable constitutions of these amazing menHuffaker further extends the concept of credo by also giving considerable study to the Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra relationship between man and animal particularly the Chinas Son relationship that a man has with his loyal steed The partnership like all partnerships of honor is one based in mutual Welcome to the Desert of the Real respect The cowboys and the Cossacks alike Dead End Bluff revere their horses and cattle as they would their own family and it is both touching and King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers revelatory to experience the Princess to Pleasure Slave Chronicles (Book Three): Lusty Prey of the Huntress (English Edition) relationships that they develop The Cowboy and the Cossack is a highly emotional book one that is based in the formation of eternal Factory of Death relationships and and friendship a bond of love and affection that is forged on 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On a cold spring day in 1880 fifteen American cowboys sail into Vladivostock with a herd of 500 cattle for delivery to a famine stricken town deep in Sib A very uniue Western with uniue setting and premise cattle driving across 1880s Russia that should be turned into a film were the genre ever to come back The clash of cultures and personalities is handled with large bucketfuls of humour and the action and adventures are really hysterical but at the same time there s deeper themes at play loyalty honour team spirit sticking to one s word fighting for your people and their freedom etc uite recommendable even for those who don t enjoy Westerns

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Eria Assigned to accompany them is a band of Cossacks Russia’s elite horsemen and warriors From the first day distrust between the two groups disrupts The opening chapters of The Cowboy and the Cossack promise a look into the effects of cross cultural immersion A small group of cowboys from the United States finds themselves in eastern Russia moving a herd cattle to a village in Siberia while being escorted by a group of Russian cossacks While in transit the many differences between the two cultures makes the story interesting and the occasional points in common make the story universal The story then enters its middle half with a transition towards what I would consider to be a traditional western novel While the cross cultural theme is still present the focus shifts towards manly man games and mano y mano standoffs between men who all think of themselves as having the biggest balls in the competition Huffaker seems to delight in giving the play by play of each contest even though they become repetitive Its during this portion of the book that the chapters become watered down and if one were to skip over Chapters 11 20 the best parts of the book would be intensified and improvedThe end of the book picks up where the beginning leaves off The cowboys and the cossacks are on the move again and that movement brings them in contact with hardships that must be dealt with Its during this portion of the book that human suffering is proven to be universal and it is also shown that cultural differences can be a vast source of strength when dealing with common problemsOverall the first and last uarters of The Cowboy and the Cossack project to present day realities We are all human and Huffaker shows that joy sadness hardship and pleasure are very much the same in Russia as they are everywhere that humans reside The isolation associated with the 1880s setting of the book brings this point home and makes The Cowboy and the Cossack worth reading and if you like scenes that reuire cojones grande then you ll probably find the middle of book enjoyable too 35 Stars but the merit is there for 4 Stars outright

  • Hardcover
  • 300
  • The Cowboy and the Cossack
  • Clair Huffaker
  • English
  • 15 August 2017
  • 9780899668741

About the Author: Clair Huffaker

Clair Huffaker was a US author of westerns and other fiction many of which were turned into films His sreenplays included such films as Flaming Star 1960 The Commancheros 1961 Rio Conchos 1964 and The War Wagon 1967 His TV scripts showed up on The Virginian Lawman and Bonanza Clair wrote screenplays for 3 Euro westerns 100 Rifles 1969 The Deserter 1971 C



10 thoughts on “The Cowboy and the Cossack

  1. says:

    This is a cracker of a story It ticked all of the boxes that I look for when choosing a western themed story It's

  2. says:

    Frankly I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this read This was my first foray into the western genre and while it encompassed many of the traits one would expect from the genre such as cowboys and the herd it was truly unusual and

  3. says:

    A very uniue Western with uniue setting and premise cattle driving across 1880s Russia that should be turned into a film were the genre ever to come back The clash of cultures and personalities is handled with la

  4. says:

    The opening chapters of The Cowboy and the Cossack promise a look into the effects of cross cultural immersion A small group of cowboys from the United States finds themselves in eastern Russia moving a herd cattle to a village in Siberia while being escorted by a group of Russian cossacks While in transit the many differences between the two

  5. says:

    In 1880 fifteen Montana Cowboys are commissioned to take five hundred Texas longhorns across a thousand miles of Siberia They are escorted by the same number of Russian Cossacks When these rough Americans meet Russian warriors the clash of cul

  6. says:

    What a wonderful book I heard about it from FictionL an online group and was encouraged to read it It's as much than just a western as The Sparrow is than just science fiction First of all the setting Russia in the 1880s

  7. says:

    Being unfamiliar with Western novels my knowledge of the code of the cowboy the credo has come from cinema If there was one steadfast pillar of the credo which I learned from John Ford's My Darling Clementine and The Searchers from Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West and Don Siegel's The Shootist it was the iron commitment of the cowboy's wordThe word of the cowboy was not too different from that of the soldier t

  8. says:

    Weirdly enough it wasn't until I finished this novel that I discovered it was originally published in 1976 and was rediscovered by this woman Nancy Pearl who has put together a series of novels she thinks are worthy of bringing back to life I have always been a big fan of westerns and was intrigued by the storyline of this novel

  9. says:

    The premise sounded really fun no matter how improbable The execution however leaves much to be desired Too many details about things that make no difference to the story lots of repetition and characters that just don't ring true The narration was fine but the cowboy and Russian accents got old fast Didn't finish but got past the half way point

  10. says:

    This story has enough cliches to be a true Western all the Cowboys have their bona fide Cowboy namesieSlim Chacko etc but the setting is what makes this story uniue It takes place in Russia A very nice read Recommended

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