Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West

Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West

by Bryce Andrews
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Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A most interesting read.  Andrews really draws you into the daily life of a ranch hand today and uses beautifully descriptive language to paint a vivid picture of the land and  the very real interaction between people and animals both wild and livestock.  An informative look at ranching today from a very real perspective
judiOH More than 1 year ago
the west has often been made to be a romantic place with cowboys, and ranches, and horses, etc. this is a book that looks at what the west is really about. it's about man co-existing with animals that are not tame. trying to raise cattle for a profit and losing them to coyotes, wolves, and bears, making a life that is rough. on the other side of the coin, the world around you is beautiful. huge mountain peaks, rolling hills, plaiins full of grass. the scenery is beyond the best in the country. but then one has to realize the 'other side' of the coin. bryce andrews puts togeether a story that encompasses both of these worlds. this type of story is n ot what i would usually read, but i found mysself drawn in, and learned a lot about the west that most people never realize is there. a very good read, and i hope he follows it up.
MarianHB More than 1 year ago
Liked this book very much.  Descriptions of the landscape made it very easy to picture and admire.  Wonderful how interesting good story telling of daily events can be.  So good to be reminded and to know about the challenges facing people on the front lines of conserving land and wild life.  
Lark11 More than 1 year ago
As we continue to evolve towards a digital society, I find myself appreciating the cover art of books. The cover art of Badluck Way perfectly captures the story to come, showing a metal fence in the foreground and untrammeled wild land beyond. This book truly does take place on the "Ragged Edge of the West", where civilization and wild places meet. At its heart, the book examines whether wild and tame can peacefully coexist. Bryce Andrews tells it well.  The book started off a bit slow for me, as Andrews, appropriately, wants to set the stage for the reader and do justice to the natural beauty and wonder of the Sun Ranch in Southwest Montana. No easy feat and, for me, the imagery seemed a bit forced. I didn't end up with a very good mental picture of the layout of the ranch or a strong emotional feeling for the natural beauty of the land. The book, however, picks up steam when it moves away from description of the environment and towards everyday life on the ranch. In addition to the overarching story of man vs. wild, there are a number of interesting tidbits about ranching and/or The Sun Ranch that serve to add further depth and substance to the story. These tidbits include a description of the two interrelated principles that govern the herding of cattle, a description of the unusual nighttime hunting habits of an unnamed Hollywood star who had previously owned the ranch, and the physics underlying a certain type of barbwire fence. Those tidbits really added value to the narrative. As for the overarching story of civilization and wilderness, Andrews handles it well. It's appropriate that the story centers on wolves, as they have always been a representative "wild animal" in the public conscience and the mere mention of them are likely to create some manner of emotional response, either "beautiful, noble creatures" or "savage, unrelenting predator." Andrews has a great deal of respect, and a certain amount of awe, for the wolves. Eventually, given the nature of his job responsibilities, he is left to make some very difficult choices with some very real consequences. He conveys the emotional weight of those consequences very effectively to the reader, making the book emotionally affecting. Overall, Andrews has crafted a very fine story for anyone interested in those few wild places still remaining on the map and the interaction between civilized man and wild beast. A highly recommended read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. My only knock is that its a bit dramatic. Growing up in western Nebraska, working hard is just expected, and you just do it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EnjoyreadingKB More than 1 year ago
This is a rather short book at under 200 pages but a very worth while read. Mr Andrews describe his experiences working on the Sun Ranch in Montana and the struggle to provide space for both wildlife and an ever growing human population.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.