By A. C. Greene
It is a harsh, distant state, the place the elements is usually very shut and the horizon distant. The Brazos nation of long-ago Fourth of July fishing expeditions; the grass-grown continues to be of a fashion station of the Butterfield degree Line; the streets of Abilene; the sparse grazing lands below limitless skies—all are made resonant by way of a local son’s affection and figuring out. it's a approach of life—resilient and persnickety—that is sort of gone.
Above all, it's humans: the author’s grandmother, who had a mortal worry of bridges and whose premonitions of unnamed calamities (that as usually as no longer happened), either alarmed and happy the younger boy; Uncle Aubrey, “who married late”; the blacksmith they woke up at the hours of darkness; the universal buddies; the infrequent and deliciously mysterious strangers.
With humor and powerful, unsentimental feeling, A. C. Greene conserves for us the useful eccentricities of position and individual that are being flattened out—almost actually bulldozed away—by the impatient, insatiable onrush of the 20 th century. His West Texas is a truly own state, yet what he seeks to percentage could be popular to all who enjoy the stories that tie them to their very own detailed zone of America.
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4/06 subject : Texas, West--Description and travel, Texas, West--Social life and customs--20th century, Greene, A. ,--1923- , Texas, West--Biography. Page iii A Personal Country A. C. Greene Illustrated By Ancel Nunn Foreword by Larry L. King Page iv © 1969, 1979, 1998 by A. C. Greene Revised Edition Manufactured in the United States of America All rights reserved 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Paperback Edition, 1998 Requests for permission to reproduce material from this work should be sent to: Permissions University of North Texas Press P.
Everything belongs to the whim of a tyrant force which leaves no room for error. Sometimes in West Texas, of course, the moist margin of difference between "dry" and "desert" is so thin that men who have lived there all their lives begin wondering why they ever thought those early explorers were wrong about life not being meant for the place. I knew one rancher who would ride out in the middle of his pasture after nightfall and pray for rain. "I just don't have the faith to do it under that damn dry sun," he explained.
If there are fewer of us who retain our identity with a region there are fewer regions powerful enough to force an identity. In our mobility and our conformity, in our ability to shape our physical circumstances and adapt nature to our convenience, we are losing sectionalism, not just in its less desirable ways but in its meaningful sense. All this lay undisturbed for years, this feeling for a Page 7 place, this realization of how deep the roots extended. In fact, for a good while I resented some of the interior proddings I felt and was annoyed when I thought my obsolete West Texas ethic was acting up.