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The Legend of Colton H. Bryant [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Legend of Colton H. Bryant ✩ Alexandra Fuller – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A heartrending story of the human spirit from the author of the bestselling Don t Let s Go to the Dogs TonightAlexandra Fuller returns with the unforgettable true story of Colton H Bryant, a soulful b A heartrending story of the human spirit from of Colton Epub á the author of the bestselling Don t Let s Go to the Dogs TonightAlexandra Fuller returns with the unforgettable true story of Colton H Bryant, a soulful boy with a mustang taming heart who The Legend MOBI :Ê comes of age in the oil fields and open plains of Wyoming After surviving a sometimes cruel adolescence with his own brand of optimistic goofiness, Colton goes to work on an oil rig and there the biggest heart in the world can t Legend of Colton PDF/EPUB Ã save him from the new, unkind greed that has possessed his beloved Wyoming during the latest boomColton s story could not be told without telling of the land that grew him, where the great high plains meet the Rocky Mountains to create a vista of lonely beauty It is here that the existence of one boy is a true story as deeply moving as the life that inspired it.


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  1. Jakob J. Jakob J. says:

    Fueled by Mountain Dew and motivated by the purest intentions, Colton H Bryant wanted, above all else, to be just like his father This is what Colton was about, but not ultimately what The Legend of Colton H Bryant is about Perhaps this is because the title of Legend is muchmythical sounding than a story of simple Wyoming frontier life lends itself to The legend herein is one of infamy a young man s avoidable fate due to unethical business practices as he innocently does his duty, tr Fueled by Mountain Dew and motivated by the purest intentions, Colton H Bryant wanted, above all else, to be just like his father This is what Colton was about, but not ultimately what The Legend of Colton H Bryant is about Perhaps this is because the title of Legend is muchmythical sounding than a story of simple Wyoming frontier life lends itself to The legend herein is one of infamy a young man s avoidable fate due to unethical business practices as he innocently does his duty, trying to make a life for himself and his family It s a tale replete with monotony, interspersed with tragedy.Fuller s purpose in this pseudo biographical novel becomes clear when, nearly half way in, we are confronted with theAnatomy of an Oil PatchThis is where, if the story begins to feel stagnant or repetitive, Fuller casts her line and reels inAnd all the time, the inconvenient biology of human bodies creating logistical and law enforcement challenges for the communities that host the oil field workers food and porta potties, beds and trailers, drugs and sex because the humans involved in the process of oil drilling aren t always robotic extensions of their drill bits. Drawing the reader s attention to these kinds of consequences is an essential component of this work, and one which this reader cannot ignore Though potentially dangerous if improperly handled, I find this type of consciousness raising refreshing and appropriate A character s demeanor can elicit emotional reactions from readers, positive or negative, especially if said demeanor involves advancing a social message Fuller doesn t so much as assume a character to express her discontent It wouldn t be unreasonable to conclude that such passages as quoted supra are the author s viewpoint, this work being an amalgamation of non fiction andnarrative libertiesAn overly tendentious message can ruin a story, but opinionated characters and social themes can enhance the experience Colton is a pawn It is nowhere indicated that he has an understanding of corporate corruption or labor exploitation His limited cognitive capacity was the first indicator that he should not have hopped right on the oil rigs, seemingly accident prone as he was nearly freezing to death twice At the end of a goose hunting trip with his friends, Colton walks into waist deep water to fetch the game andBy the time he climbed back into the pickup he was most definitely starting to lose higher functioning his systems shutting down from hypothermia and the way Jake tells it, Colton didn t have an excess of higher functioning to lose in the first place. One might assert a workplace mishap was inevitable, especially on a catwalk, with no rails, in high wind But that doesn t exonerate the drilling company, Patterson UTI in this case Fuller succeeds in conveying a need for change, and indicting corporate greed, a la Upton Sinclair Not only does she hit the heart, as Sinclair targeted in his novel about the meatpacking industry, The Jungle, which legendarily inspired Theodore Roosevelt to implement the FDA , but also the gut, as Sinclair admitted to having hit accidentally We are given examples of gruesome incidents out of the oil rigs The most harrowing of which to me involves a man who, while helping to drillinto the ground at such a speed that he , poorly trained in a prisoners to work program, caught his right hand in the drill, instinctively reached with his left hand to free himself, and had both arms ripped off at the sockets He died on location This all relates to socio political realities in a profound, often disturbing way Even now, we have proponents of deregulation in Congress and the Senate of the United States Whether regarding environmental protection, labor rights, even food production, there are corporate backed campaigns committed to denying science, evading accountability, and eschewing regulatory safety for workers who are, to them, nothan expendable and replaceable equipment BP s disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 comes to mind The broader implications of the Bryant family s personal tragedy are far reaching indeed If this is beginning to sound polemical, it s because work like Fuller s is invigorating for the socially dissatisfied Challenging the status quo is not revolutionary, but any progress ostensibly requires constant reprimanding and action.The overwhelming success of Fuller s prose is in her ability to convert the mundane to descriptions of spectacle, specifically regarding landscape She weaves sensory rich sentences with near lyricismIt had turned cold the day Colton drove up to Casper in the heart of Wyoming s oil and gas country, fall laid a frigid breath over the filtered sun It was the hunting season of Colton s twenty third year and the scented wind off the mountains and the bittersweet smell of turning aspen leaves made him itch to be up at the snowline tracking elk into the deadfall. Presumed shortcomings such as dialogue were intentionally repetitive, portraying simple people with a simple way of life Colton is a boy who lived by clich d mantramind over matterColton uses his phrase as a psychological comfort when he is abused Managing character and dialogue in this way is valuable Even if the character isn t particularly interesting, his her portrayal must be honest and consistent Tense change as well a fatal flaw if not commanded We meetColton and the Kmart Cowboysin the present tense, experiencing in real time the bullying Colton endures After this despairing introduction, Fuller takes us back, letting us know that this has already passed, every so often bending time so that we may observe Colton, his family his struggles, through asympathetic lens He was, after all, a real human, and is now, in some immortal sense, a real character


  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    Whoa I was not expecting this book I love Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight, but this book reached another level of poignancy and relevance for me The only tricky part about it is how to convince other people that they should read a story about a cowboy in Wyoming, because it is not really about being a cowboy, and it is not necessarily a tribute to Wyoming That said, it should probably be added to your reading list, because Fuller tells a story that needs to be told, and she does so beauti Whoa I was not expecting this book I love Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight, but this book reached another level of poignancy and relevance for me The only tricky part about it is how to convince other people that they should read a story about a cowboy in Wyoming, because it is not really about being a cowboy, and it is not necessarily a tribute to Wyoming That said, it should probably be added to your reading list, because Fuller tells a story that needs to be told, and she does so beautifully


  3. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    Although I enjoyed this book and can point at no glaring fault, my overall reaction to it was simply that I liked it No , no less This is a biography written by Alexandra Fuller about someone other than herself, her family or closest friends, as all of her other books are In those books her relationships with her parents, childhood memories and her emotional ties to Africa Zambia and Zimbabwe became so intimate they became my experiences In this tragic book about Colton H Bryant, who Although I enjoyed this book and can point at no glaring fault, my overall reaction to it was simply that I liked it No , no less This is a biography written by Alexandra Fuller about someone other than herself, her family or closest friends, as all of her other books are In those books her relationships with her parents, childhood memories and her emotional ties to Africa Zambia and Zimbabwe became so intimate they became my experiences In this tragic book about Colton H Bryant, who worked on the oil rigs in Wyoming and fell to his death in 2006 at the age of 26, I looked observed his life and was fascinated, but his life never became mine.I liked that the beginning of the book begins with a character list, so you know right away who is who and the author didn t need to introduce each It was not necessary for me to return to this list to keep track of who was who You remember Fuller is extraordinarily talented in her ability to make a landscape palpable Here she captures Wyoming the constant drum of the winds, the icy cold freezing temperatures of winter and the sizzling heat of summers Although a book of non fiction, Fuller has invented dialogs This bothered me at first because the story reads as fiction, and it was supposed to be non fiction In the author s note at the end this is clarified I wish that author s note had preceded the story I spent too much time wondering about the authenticity of the dialogs rather than sinking into the story I do think the author remarkably well captured through her invented dialogs the character of Colton, his family and friends His mother, his father, his wife and his best friend are all here Who each is comes through by what they say and by what they do The goodness and strength of his idolized father His loving mother, who never accepted any funny business Drugs and drinking were simply not accepted Mountain Dew, the energy drink , that is what he lived on and his wild horse, Cocoa The harsh landscape has toughened, hardened, salted these people All of them And Colton, a hyper active kid who couldn t sit still and was bullied by classmates In fact he went by the name of retard Sweet as kids always are, he was harassed on account of his being in special ed, and that was because of how his brain worked , because he was different, because he was always going full speed ahead and couldn t sit still for two seconds Give it the proper medical term ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder This shaped who he was, in good ways and bad The good being his mantra and life save , think mind over matter when trouble comes knocking Nobody can hurt you if you tell yourself you just don t care Mind over matter it makes you invincible Well, only so far When there are no safety rails, when the oil companies sole aim is to get that oil natural gas as quickly, as efficiently as economically as possible, then nothing can save you Still, the characterizations only went so far It s a short book you can delve only so far in so few pages I don t really understand why he so adored his father, although childhood hunting and riding tales are shared I do understand why he chose to work on the oil rigs The danger in fact attracted him, and what else could he do to live and feed a family on The men in his family had chosen this for generations it was quite simply what they did I don t understand how it felt up there on those rigs though, and that Fuller should have imparted


  4. Michelle Michelle says:

    My family found me crying uncontrollably on the couch during the last few chapters Perhaps this book touched a little too close to home for me I m from Wyoming I know first hand about cowboys, the land, and the draw of money I ve known lots of friends who have stayed there to accept those 60,000 yr jobs, just as Colton did, only to find themselves stuck in a job which just about kills them Everyone jokes about the smell of money when you drive by an oil patch Geez The first car acciden My family found me crying uncontrollably on the couch during the last few chapters Perhaps this book touched a little too close to home for me I m from Wyoming I know first hand about cowboys, the land, and the draw of money I ve known lots of friends who have stayed there to accept those 60,000 yr jobs, just as Colton did, only to find themselves stuck in a job which just about kills them Everyone jokes about the smell of money when you drive by an oil patch Geez The first car accident I was ever in was when I rear ended an oil rig truck They re everywhere in Wyoming.Between coal and oil, I ve known a lot of roughnecks A boyfriend who used to take me on dates to the laundrymat so we could wash his greasers filthy, greasy clothes from the oil field just as described in the book He was from Evanston same as Colton And another boyfriend who had a derrick the huge part of the oil rig that goes up and down break loose and land on his leg thus ending his oil patch days.So yes, I think I ve known many a boy man just like Colton None with as heartbreaking a tale as Colton But many with the same spirit.Fuller did an incredible job describing Colton s life, his heart, and his beautiful blue eyes And she did just as great a job capturing Wyoming how harsh and dry and cruel it can be As well as how it can suck you in and make you love it in the same way you can love another human


  5. Katie Katie says:

    I think this is the last Fuller book that I haven t read I loved this one, as is the case with all her books This one was non fiction but had some things that were fictionalized It was about a young cowboy in Wyoming that worked in the Oil industry It basically told his life story and it was beautiful and poetic, as all of Fuller s writing is It was about different kind of American hero, one that we don t hear much about Pick this up if you love Fuller, or pick it up if you haven t read I think this is the last Fuller book that I haven t read I loved this one, as is the case with all her books This one was non fiction but had some things that were fictionalized It was about a young cowboy in Wyoming that worked in the Oil industry It basically told his life story and it was beautiful and poetic, as all of Fuller s writing is It was about different kind of American hero, one that we don t hear much about Pick this up if you love Fuller, or pick it up if you haven t read any of her books


  6. Ron Ron says:

    This is a heartbreaker of a book that will also make you angry Based on a true story though the author herself says at the end that she took some liberties with the material, so it s hard to know how creative the book is as creative nonfiction Nonetheless, you come to know its central character, Colton, as a young man who s the product of an LDS upbringing in small town and rural Wyoming Not much of a student and pegged as a slow learner, he compensates for the meager hand he s been dea This is a heartbreaker of a book that will also make you angry Based on a true story though the author herself says at the end that she took some liberties with the material, so it s hard to know how creative the book is as creative nonfiction Nonetheless, you come to know its central character, Colton, as a young man who s the product of an LDS upbringing in small town and rural Wyoming Not much of a student and pegged as a slow learner, he compensates for the meager hand he s been dealt with an enthusiasm for living, a love of his friends and family, and a talent for overcoming obstacles Mind over matter is his motto I don t mind, so it don t matter that leaves everyone else shaking their heads in disbelief.We learn a lot about southwestern Wyoming, the winds, the extremes of weather, and the limited opportunities for a young man, which are mostly comprised of the ups and downs of oil extraction in desolate areas of the state Here, at the age of 25, he is employed and working to make ends meet for a young wife, her son that he s adopted, and their own infant boy And that s where the story ends Although not without a final comment about the indifference to human safety in the pursuit of profits by Colton s employer, Patterson UTI This is a slim volume, made up of short chapters that are often littlethan vignettes, each capturing a moment in a young life and ending up finally as a eulogy


  7. Sonia Reppe Sonia Reppe says:

    In this non fiction novel, Fuller somberly tells the story of an unsung American hero, Colton H.Bryant, a young oil drill rig worker one of many who support this country s oil industry, thereby providing much of the country s wealth You might call this a true crime novel the crime being capitalist greed and unfair treatment of workers or you might call it a modern western for all the broad sweeping Wyoming landscapes, and the timeless struggle of its inhabitants who appear as tiny dots agai In this non fiction novel, Fuller somberly tells the story of an unsung American hero, Colton H.Bryant, a young oil drill rig worker one of many who support this country s oil industry, thereby providing much of the country s wealth You might call this a true crime novel the crime being capitalist greed and unfair treatment of workers or you might call it a modern western for all the broad sweeping Wyoming landscapes, and the timeless struggle of its inhabitants who appear as tiny dots against the great swell of land to work and prosper Getting into this book was really slow for me It was kind of like watching a boring documentaryThere is no plot focus at first, just short snippets of people and scenery Also, I thought the writing was pretentious We are told Colton s walk was like he had never really found the difference between sky and earth Another sentence was about a wild mare tossing its head in serpentines of willfullness I thought, why not willfully tossed its head in snake like motions This is not to pick on someone s style I m just giving examples of why I didn t love this book I stuck with it because my friend liked it, and the chapters are short I was indifferent to Colton s character for the first half of the book This is a boy who put ketchup on his ketchup and almost froze himself to death twice Things pick up when his horse runs away and he searches for her everyday but mainly I just thought he was a goofball What saved this book for me is that Colton grew as a person, into a responsible husband and father I liked this last third of the book, and also the descriptions of the weather that takes on a life of its own but I can t give it three stars because the first half annoyed me so much It took me six weeks to read this because I could only take so much of it at one time Even so, I have to admit that Fuller is a good and effective writer Even though her writing don t get an approving Whee haw out of me, it got the job done


  8. Andi Marquette Andi Marquette says:

    I m also a huge fan of Alexandra Fuller I would probably read her grocery lists and find something deeply poetic about them She is, I think, one of the most lyrical writers I ve discovered, and this account of a third generation Wyoming roughneck only continues to cement my opinion.Most of her work deals with her life in Zimbabwe, so I was surprised to see this one but then I found out she was living in Wyoming, so it madesense Before I started reading it, too, I had a feeling she d ge I m also a huge fan of Alexandra Fuller I would probably read her grocery lists and find something deeply poetic about them She is, I think, one of the most lyrical writers I ve discovered, and this account of a third generation Wyoming roughneck only continues to cement my opinion.Most of her work deals with her life in Zimbabwe, so I was surprised to see this one but then I found out she was living in Wyoming, so it madesense Before I started reading it, too, I had a feeling she d get the West and I think, after reading this, she does.Here we have the creative nonfiction account of Colton H Bryant, a Wyoming cowboy who ended up working western oil rigs as a roughneck, a job that would ultimately cut his young life too short Fuller acknowledges that she took narrative liberties with Bryant s story, as one might see in a movie adaptation of a biography She is a consummate painter with words, and in the telling of Bryant s life, and her skillful evocation of harsh but supremely beautiful western landscapes, a reader might come away blaming the oil industry and life on the rigs as a villain In some ways, that s probably true There are many deaths and injuries in this industry, but ultimately what Fuller does in this book is to give Bryant a voice of sorts, perhaps, that he didn t have in life, and she shows us the many sides of a young man whose life ended tragically So yes, bringing some attention to the western conundrum selling our souls to industries that might not have our best interests at heart in an effort to make a living and make a life is never a bad thing


  9. Nicole Nicole says:

    Maybe it was the steady diet of John Wayne that I was fed as a child much to my distaste at the time but there is just something about cowboys Colton is a far cry from John, though He s an updated version, a modern cowboy, the kind of cowboy who breaks in his first horse at 12 and then goes to work on the oil rigs Fuller s treatment of Colton was phenomenal She describes him in reverent tones, as befits a legend, and yet with the understanding that he was, like any man, flawed As a reader Maybe it was the steady diet of John Wayne that I was fed as a child much to my distaste at the time but there is just something about cowboys Colton is a far cry from John, though He s an updated version, a modern cowboy, the kind of cowboy who breaks in his first horse at 12 and then goes to work on the oil rigs Fuller s treatment of Colton was phenomenal She describes him in reverent tones, as befits a legend, and yet with the understanding that he was, like any man, flawed As a reader I, in turn, loved him not as a hero but as a person.And oh, how I cried The first page warns that the book is a western and therefore a tragedy, but I was still woefully unprepared for how attached to the character I became I desperately wish I d met Colton before he died His friendship with Jake, his love for his sisters, his adoration of his fathertears, tears, tears The last 20 pages left me sobbing.Her treatment of Wyoming is also phenomenal Genius all around Not a book for everyone perhaps not even a book for the mainstream, but a brilliant book nevertheless


  10. Lucy Gold Lucy Gold says:

    Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read It s short, simply stunning and entirely moving And it s the only novel that has ever caused me to weep publicly I was on a train, it was a tad embarrassing I gave it to my very masculine little brother, he wept he gave it to his Greek best friend, he wept I gave it to my mum, who doesn t read much, she read it twice I gave it to my friend who is doing a pHD on poetry, he wept I gave it to another friend who is a doctor, she apparent Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read It s short, simply stunning and entirely moving And it s the only novel that has ever caused me to weep publicly I was on a train, it was a tad embarrassing I gave it to my very masculine little brother, he wept he gave it to his Greek best friend, he wept I gave it to my mum, who doesn t read much, she read it twice I gave it to my friend who is doing a pHD on poetry, he wept I gave it to another friend who is a doctor, she apparently recommends it left, right and centre throughout the hospital she works in But don t go thinking this is simply easy therapeutic literature Before you ve even got to the weepy bit you will discover that The Legend of Colton H Bryant is a brief tale of epic proportion Like the best of them, it provides an intelligent and compassionate insight into our favorite subject, the ways and wonders of humanity And it is an example of honest, beautiful writing Ignore everything I ve said, just read the book, I implore you Whether you are old or young, male or female, you will at the very least heartily enjoy it and probably have a good old weep


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