By A. C. Greene
It is a harsh, distant nation, the place the elements is often very shut and the horizon distant. The Brazos state of long-ago Fourth of July fishing expeditions; the grass-grown is still of a manner station of the Butterfield level Line; the streets of Abilene; the sparse grazing lands less than limitless skies—all are made resonant through a local son’s affection and figuring out. it's a means of life—resilient and persnickety—that is sort of 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 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 typical friends; the infrequent and deliciously mysterious strangers.
With humor and robust, unsentimental feeling, A. C. Greene conserves for us the invaluable 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 kingdom, yet what he seeks to proportion should be favourite to all who get pleasure from the thoughts that tie them to their very own precise quarter of America.
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There is one other bit of physical unity inherent in my West Texas. It was once the bed of an ancient, inland sea, Page 18 whose dry littoral, now hundreds or thousands of feet below the surface, is almost exactly where my boundaries run. This sea was there during the Permian period of the Paleozoic era, about 270 million years ago. A range of mountains ran along its eastern side, passing about where Fort Worth and Dallas are, cutting off any drainage so that a giant evaporation pan was formed.
I don't think my children have it and I have not tried to give it to them. They have lived in places that didn't strike up through the soles of their feet or assault their eyeballs. 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.
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.
A Personal Country by A. C. Greene