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God's Country or Devil's Playground

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Offline leigh

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God's Country or Devil's Playground
« on: January 16, 2011, 02:52:49 PM »
Has anyone read this book?

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 04:47:18 PM »
Has anyone read this book?
Has anyone read this book?
I haven't, just looked it up, sounds interesting! I am reading right now: Elmer Kelton "The Rebels", very well written Novel on the Settling of Texas! Also, in between: John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley", which I had read last in the early 70ties, still very enjoyable and in retrospective even more interesting!

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 04:52:59 PM »
In this anthology of nature writing, Barney Nelson gathers nearly sixty literary perspectives on the landscape and life of the Big Bend region, broadly defined as Trans-Pecos Texas and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to Leopold and Webb, the collection includes such well-known writers as Edward Abbey, Mary Austin, Roy Bedichek, and Frederick Olmsted, as well as a wide range of voices that includes explorers, trappers, cowboys, ranch wives, curanderos, college presidents, scientists, locals, tourists, historians, avisadores, and waitresses. Following a personal introduction by Barney Nelson, the pieces are grouped thematically to highlight the distinctive ways in which writers have responded to the Big Bend.

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 05:12:19 PM »
Thanks,
I was hoping to hear from someone who'd read it. The write up I read online  sounded interesting, but there was only one review and it was not helpful. I enjoy hearing the perspective of others here on the forum.

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 07:14:33 PM »
i have this book.  two essays in it, "coloraturas in the canyon" and "where rainbows wait for rain", include the famous description of big bend by old vaquero (you go south from fort davis until you come to the place . . .)etc. someone can probably reproduce it here.  needless to say i've read the whole book but those are two of my favorites.  by all means, read it.

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011, 07:44:39 PM »
i have this book.  two essays in it, "coloraturas in the canyon" and "where rainbows wait for rain", include the famous description of big bend by old vaquero (you go south from fort davis until you come to the place . . .)etc. someone can probably reproduce it here.  needless to say i've read the whole book but those are two of my favorites.  by all means, read it.
thanks bbbrain, i will certainly read it!

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 04:47:12 AM »
I am going to get a copy.  By the way travels with Charley is one of my all time favorite books and still relevant today. 

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011, 06:24:12 AM »
Bought it and God's Middle Finger(thanks QS) along with Hey Ranger (thanks Goldilocks), and A Most Singular Country. I'm amassing a nice little collection of BiBe books thanks to all of ya'll. After my first trip last year I bought The Big Bend by R.Tyler, Images of America: Big Bend National Park and Vicinity, How Come it's Called That, Little Big Bend,and Big Bend A Homesteader's Story. I recently bought Lizards on the Mantel,Burros at the Door.
The last three being personal favorites. The last chapter, and especially the last sentence in Langford's book gets to me every time I read it. Upon returning  14 yrs. later..."Yet, never again did we have that which we'd had in the beginning. Somehow the brightness seemed gone from the land."  To a lesser extent, I was left with the same bittersweet feeling after finishing Etta's book, a wonderful experience, never to be the same. It reminds me of what QS said in his Mexico post yesterday.

There are still many books I've yet to read, so from time to time I'll peruse the book list assembled here on the forum :)
Thanks all

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2011, 08:04:39 AM »
I am going to get a copy.  By the way travels with Charley is one of my all time favorite books and still relevant today. 
i agree, i love it!!

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2011, 08:09:01 AM »
Bought it and God's Middle Finger(thanks QS) along with Hey Ranger (thanks Goldilocks), and A Most Singular Country. I'm amassing a nice little collection of BiBe books thanks to all of ya'll. After my first trip last year I bought The Big Bend by R.Tyler, Images of America: Big Bend National Park and Vicinity, How Come it's Called That, Little Big Bend,and Big Bend A Homesteader's Story. I recently bought Lizards on the Mantel,Burros at the Door.
The last three being personal favorites. The last chapter, and especially the last sentence in Langford's book gets to me every time I read it. Upon returning  14 yrs. later..."Yet, never again did we have that which we'd had in the beginning. Somehow the brightness seemed gone from the land."  To a lesser extent, I was left with the same bittersweet feeling after finishing Etta's book, a wonderful experience, never to be the same. It reminds me of what QS said in his Mexico post yesterday.

There are still many books I've yet to read, so from time to time I'll peruse the book list assembled here on the forum :)
Thanks all
Leigh, i will glean from your list as well! We'll never run out of BIBE reading material again!

"Yet, never again did we have that which we'd had in the beginning. Somehow the brightness seemed gone from the land": I experience that every time i return to my "homelands" in Germany, think, it happens to all of us who have been uprooted!

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2011, 08:11:42 AM »
 I'll give you a few must reads in the nature/adventure genre: The Long Walk ; Driftwood Valley (by Stanwell-Fletcher); Touching the Void (Simpson); Grizzly Years, (Doug Peacock -- not his newer books), and the very funny Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson!

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2011, 10:29:47 AM »
Add "I'll Gather My Geese" by Hallie Stillwell
THANKS, much appreciated!

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2011, 10:45:35 PM »
It is a very good book.  I put it off for years but was pleasantly surprised when I finally read it how much I enjoyed it.  Hallie Stillwell's books are also good, if you have not read them.  She was my cousin's grandmother so I am a little biased, but it is still good reading.
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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Offline leigh

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2011, 05:26:51 AM »
Thanks Randell!
Yes, Hallie's books are also high on my list.

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Re: God's Country or Devil's Playground
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2011, 05:52:11 AM »
Don't forget Ross Maxwells "The Big Bend of the Rio Grande" Published as Guidebook #7 from the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT-Austin.  It's probably my favorite Big Bend book and the one that got me interested in the Park decades ago. 

 


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