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By A. C. Greene

ISBN-10: 1574410539

ISBN-13: 9781574410532

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

It is a harsh, distant state, the place the elements is usually very shut and the horizon distant. The Brazos kingdom of long-ago Fourth of July fishing expeditions; the grass-grown is still of a fashion station of the Butterfield level Line; the streets of Abilene; the sparse grazing lands less than countless skies—all are made resonant by means of a local son’s affection and knowing. it's a means of life—resilient and persnickety—that is sort of gone.

Above all, it really 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 widely used acquaintances; the infrequent and deliciously mysterious strangers.

With humor and robust, unsentimental feeling, A. C. Greene conserves for us the precious 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 kingdom, yet what he seeks to proportion should be known to all who enjoy the stories that tie them to their very own distinct area of America.

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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. O. 1984.  1923 A personal country. Includes index.  Title. 4'06 79-7410 ISBN 1-57441-053-9 Page v For THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN MY LIFE Page vii Contents Foreword ix Some Words xv A Debt xvii 1 A Place Called West Texas 3 2 The Boundaries of Its Life 9 3 Some Arteries of Time 20 4 The Beginning of a Journey 38 5 How the Oil Came 53 6 A Town Fame Dislikes 66 7 The Ominous Journey 75 8 The Source and Since 104 9 Village of My Heart 112 10 God in West Texas 127 11 Beyond the Old One-Hundredth 141 Page viii 12 What Time Owns 164 13 The Butterfield & I 193 14 Sandstone Sentinels 254 15 So All the Generations 275 16 Bring Me to .

But in my own case I felt a double burden, because I knew, for the first time, how much the place and the past had created in my people what influenced me through them. I thought of the size and shape of the experiences that had made me and I wondered where and why it all began. How much of me was red dirt, was sand hills and mesquite under a hot, dry sun? How much was wind and long, empty plains? What was born of slow-spoken close-mindedness, gained from a frontier brush-arbor camp meeting, or what was begun in a dugout where a young girl looked in fright and hatred at the wilderness around her?

The old Indian frontier culture died but was immediately succeeded by the excitement of the railroad culture with its opportunity to introduce civilization into a virgin land. This second phase of the frontier, when it closed, was replaced by an agricultural economy which was just putting to use new scientific and chemical discoveries with new implements and new tools to try out. When the new farming phase was endingwith some parts of West Texas recognized as being unfit for anything but grazingthen came oil to revitalize the lowering economic momentum.

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