A Personal Country by A. C. Greene

By A. C. Greene

This e-book brings alive what one guy feels approximately his youth domestic. where is West Texas, visible throughout a protracted vista during which today’s occasions and folks merge with the author’s boyhood and younger manhood.

It is a harsh, distant kingdom, the place the elements is often very shut and the horizon distant. The Brazos kingdom of long-ago Fourth of July fishing expeditions; the grass-grown continues to be of a manner station of the Butterfield degree Line; the streets of Abilene; the sparse grazing lands lower than endless skies—all are made resonant by way of a local son’s affection and figuring out. it's a means of life—resilient and persnickety—that is nearly 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 in the dark; the widespread friends; the infrequent and deliciously mysterious strangers.

With humor and powerful, unsentimental feeling, A. C. Greene conserves for us the useful eccentricities of position and person who are being flattened out—almost actually bulldozed away—by the impatient, insatiable onrush of the 20th century. His West Texas is a truly own state, yet what he seeks to percentage can be usual to all who get pleasure from the thoughts that tie them to their very own designated sector of America.

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And I witnessed the last of the horse culture in West Texas. As he writes in this book of thinking little or nothing about horses or mules pulling Abilene ice wagons and road graders, so I assumed nothing unusual in Putnam's farm-or-ranch based boys riding to school on horses they tied under mesquite trees on the school grounds and fed bundled roughage during the noon hour. My own father in times of inclement weather saddled up a fox-trotting paint horse, Old Prince, to deliver me to the schoolhouse door.

Page 3 1 A Place Called West Texas Going west, through Texas, you leave Fort Worth and come out suddenly onto a rolling, bare-hilled country that stretches away on every side. Without warning you have been set adrift on a billowy ocean of land. Behind you have been pine forests and tangly river bottoms and blackland farms that crowded the highway. But here the plow has never been. This is ranching country. You notice windmills lonely in the long, sweeping pastures, and cattle, grazing on the far slopes, are like tiny figures set there to give some comprehensive scale to the landscape.

My West Texas is bounded by my experience, and is not so wide as it is deep. If I write of roads and of towns they are roads I have rutted by use; towns where I have kept an internal diary for the removal of individual bricks, the addition of a street light, or the demise of a hamburger stand. But this does not imply, the reader will understand, that I have gained infallibility. I have only hoarded observation. There are a number of places and events which should go into a proper inventory of the region, and I have left them out.

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