A Personal Country by A. C. Greene PDF

By A. C. Greene

ISBN-10: 1574410539

ISBN-13: 9781574410532

This booklet brings alive what one guy feels approximately his youth domestic. where is West Texas, obvious throughout an extended vista within which today’s occasions and other people merge with the author’s boyhood and younger manhood.

It is a harsh, distant state, the place the elements is often very shut and the horizon far-off. 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 through a local son’s affection and realizing. it's a method of life—resilient and persnickety—that is nearly gone.

Above all, it truly is humans: the author’s grandmother, who had a mortal worry of bridges and whose premonitions of unnamed calamities (that as frequently as now not happened), either alarmed and happy the younger boy; Uncle Aubrey, “who married late”; the blacksmith they woke up in the dark; the generic buddies; the infrequent and deliciously mysterious strangers.

With humor and robust, unsentimental feeling, A. C. Greene conserves for us the valuable 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 might be widespread to all who get pleasure from the thoughts that tie them to their very own precise sector of America.

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Cut dog . . tow-sacks . . goobers") and the events (the Clyde tornado of 1938, Cisco's Santa Claus bank robbery) of another time, another place. It reminds me how uncompromisingly black is "country dark" with no street lights or neon signs to tint it, of old sights and smells long stored away in memory's attic-trunks, of old streams once waded and now dry. But you do not have to be a native of West Texas to share the basic emotions and experiences of this book. In recreating his special corner of America in a time when it was green to his eye, A.

This may be pretty, in one sense, but not nearly so beautiful as a black, overcast day with the clouds threatening to shed tears at any minute, or a strong, wet south wind scudding the dark masses overhead. Then, with the Page 15 crack of thunder and the silvery split of lightning, rain bursts over the land in a gully washerand you have a truly beautiful day. Rain is scarcer in many parts of the world, but most of the time those places don't depend on it because they know it isn't coming. But West Texas lives right on the edge of its annual precipitation.

This old sea, in a sense, remains down there because sometimes you can still taste its saline waters if you are at an oil well which is drilling down to its bed. Although it is millions of years old and hundreds of feet down, I think the presence of this unifying subsurface relic has had the power to affect history. There is no doubt that once the drill bit cuts into its pockets and traps in the limestone and sandstone containers of oil, history has been made. But it seems to have had more than just an economic influence.

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