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The Resource The wonderful country : a novel, by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author

The wonderful country : a novel, by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author

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The wonderful country : a novel
Title
The wonderful country
Title remainder
a novel
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by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author
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Language
eng
Summary
This is the story of a man alone in a life of violence, riding a harsh country hungry, searching for a home in his heart. In the manner of its telling, it is an adventure story. It is the story of Martin Brady, with much blood on his hands, with two languages on his tongue, torn between two ways of life, between two cultures, riding the lonesome leagues in the bright desert light on a black horse named in Spanish Lágrimas - Tears. It is a story of seventy or eighty years ago in "the wonderful country" - a strange and vast country "with a river running right down the middle of it" - the Rio called Grande on one side and Bravo on the other side, that marks the line between the United States and Mexico. Martin Brady knew what the river meant. He swam it once at night, a scared boy alone - "This kid Martin used his father's pistol on his father's killer," the vaquero Mateo Casas boasted. He fed the kid Martin, taught him, helped him while he learned the tongue and toil, a boy from Kingdom Prairie, Missouri, in peonage on a hacienda in Chihuahua. When Martin Brady rode north to cross the river again, he had spent fourteen years in Mexico, "more than half his life." He knew Mexico, it hunger, its grace, its cruelty, its songs. He knew the people of Mexico, from the humble peon Pablo who drove oxen, to the exalted Don Cipriano Casto who drove men, men yoked as securely as oxen were yoked. Martin Brady, the paid pistolero called Martín Bredi, the exile with blood on his hands, knew the gall of the yoke. He wanted to cross the river. He wanted to know what it might be like on the other side. He found out. Many people, various as the people of a wide world, form a part of Martin Brady's story: the Mexican Don Santiago Santos whose heart pumped rich with the authentic virtue and poetry and generosity of his land; American John Rucker, captain of Texas Rangers, who offered Martin Brady an image of himself "finding a camp at last, lost no longer"; the Negro Tobe Sutton, sergeant, 10th Cavalry, USA, who was proud to say, "somebody colored got to teach colored people"; the Jew Ludwig Sterner, fresh from Kassel in Prussia, who learned his uncle's business in Texas, "in houses of mud, in the wind"; the Apache Magues who "looked down the many rifle barrels, turned the many knives in flesh, hung a meat hook into screaming soft nakedness." From a March sandstorm on the opening page to another March gale at the story's end, through the four parts of the book, the four seasons of that last year from March to March, the country and people in it grip Martin Brady, test him, weave at his fate, in the worn saddle on a black horse named Lágrimas -- Book jacket
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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The wonderful country : a novel, by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author
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Publication
Control code
288704
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
387 pages
Lccn
52009093 /L
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Signed by author.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): November 1952 printing. From the library of Preston and Mary Sue Jones, gift of the Jones family, 1993 (Access. No. 1993-071). Presentation copy to Campbell & Jackie [?] from Preston Jones, May 25, 1967.
  • Library's copy 4 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1995. From the library of Sam Whitten, 1995 (Access. No. 1995-150). Signed by author. Bookseller's invoice, laid in. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 5 (SW Writers): Gift of Flora Bittick, 2009 (Access. No. 2009-034). Author's inscribed presentation copy for Wilson Hudson. Signed by Wilson M. Hudson on front endpapers. With covered dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 6 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. With covered dust jacket.
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Label
The wonderful country : a novel, by Tom Lea ; with drawings by the author
Publication
Control code
288704
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
387 pages
Lccn
52009093 /L
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Signed by author.
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): November 1952 printing. From the library of Preston and Mary Sue Jones, gift of the Jones family, 1993 (Access. No. 1993-071). Presentation copy to Campbell & Jackie [?] from Preston Jones, May 25, 1967.
  • Library's copy 4 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1995. From the library of Sam Whitten, 1995 (Access. No. 1995-150). Signed by author. Bookseller's invoice, laid in. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 5 (SW Writers): Gift of Flora Bittick, 2009 (Access. No. 2009-034). Author's inscribed presentation copy for Wilson Hudson. Signed by Wilson M. Hudson on front endpapers. With covered dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 6 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. With covered dust jacket.
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