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Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man

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Offline bdann

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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2008, 04:24:27 PM »
Try a different seller on abebooks, my total price including shipping was less than $6. 
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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2008, 09:37:21 PM »
I tried to order it for $3.93 from Abebooks but they want $22.06 for shipping and it will take 25-45 days to get here! I think I'll pass.

You need to look a little harder. I ordered form abebooks and got a quite primo copy....hardbound, no owner marks, dust jacket in good condition, ranked 'fine' for $16.95 delivered.
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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2008, 11:07:57 PM »
just bought a copy from abe books for 4.93 with free shipping then got an email that said my order had been put in to the seller and they would notify me if the shipping costs would change due to book size/weight...weird but we'll see I guess.
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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2008, 09:19:27 AM »
just bought a copy from abe books for 4.93 with free shipping then got an email that said my order had been put in to the seller and they would notify me if the shipping costs would change due to book size/weight...weird but we'll see I guess.

that's their canned response to any order.  abebooks.com doesn't sell books directly, they allow sellers to list books for a monthly subscription service. 
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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2008, 06:03:36 PM »
got an email that said my order had been put in to the seller and they would notify me if the shipping costs would change due to book size/weight...weird but we'll see I guess.

FYI, I didn't get such a note. Just an order confirmation and then a credit card charge for the amount indicated in the listing.
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Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones): If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here.
--No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2008, 08:55:11 PM »
So did any of you that bought the book  read any of it yet?
Comments?  criticisms?  questions?
Does the cover of the book show Slickrock Mountain in the background or just some non-existant landscape?
.. TWWG

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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2008, 09:52:40 PM »
So did any of you that bought the book  read any of it yet?
I've made it about halfway through the first chapter. :icon_redface: It's been sitting in a place of honor in my car for months in hopes I'll find time to read it someday.

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Offline Goldilocks

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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2008, 10:11:36 PM »
I started it but got sidetracked.  I don't think I made it as far as Richard but it is interesting.  So far, I haven't really gotten into it, though.   :icon_redface:


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Offline Vince T

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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2008, 10:41:30 PM »
Same with me...read about 40 pages, but got sidetracked.
It's a bit difficult to read, but I still have found it entertaining.

Unique style, for sure.


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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #39 on: May 08, 2008, 06:53:14 AM »
It gets better when he leaves the Texas Panhandle and heads down to Big Bend.
I skipped some of the early chapters.

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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #40 on: May 08, 2008, 07:36:48 AM »
Pretty interesting how far everyone has gotten on the 'hot topic' item that sparked a spike in sales of the title.

Me? I'm in the middle of the second page.
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Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones): If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here.
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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #41 on: May 08, 2008, 08:02:15 AM »
Did you know that Woody Guthrie (the famous American folk artist who wrote "This Land Is Your Land" etc) went to Big Bend as a youth and later wrote a book about it?
In the early 1930's Woody and some older relatives went from the Texas Panhandle down to Big Bend in search of a lost silver mine that his grandfather had claimed to have found near Slickrock Mtn.  They stayed in Study Butte and with Sam Nail part of the time at his ranch below the Window.  This book tells the story of that trip and is a largely a book about people - poor people, rich people, wetbacks, Sam Nail, Indians, and his relatives.
I especially liked his descriptions of Study Butte in Chapter 9 and the way Sam Nail allowed Woody and his relatives to stay at their ranch only under the condition that they kept their house unlocked so that other passers-by could stop and use it (which they did).   I also enjoyed all of the references to people and places in the (present day) Park and tried to figure out what they were refering to (e.g. El Rancho del Sol, Horse Trough Spring cliffs).
I think that this extended trip to Big Bend in Woody's youth shaped and influenced his entire life even though the book was not published until after his death.  Even if your not into folk music or Woody Gutherie if your passionate about the park and enjoy a good book you should buy a copy of Seeds of Man.   This is a hard book to locate but sells cheap, the copy I have was bought on ebay for about $15 and is marked "discard" from the El Paso Public Library.   This would make a great gift item for someone special because it's unique, rare, interesting, and shows that you really care - you can't just go into Barnes and Noble and get this book with some gift card... TWWG

Sounds like a great book!  I'm an avid reader so I'm really gonna have to find this one!

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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #43 on: September 10, 2008, 04:19:02 PM »
Okay, skipped ahead to Chapter 5, as Woody and Dad and crew get to the Big Bend, found it much more interesting after that. Great descriptions of the area:
Here's a typical quote:
a couple of deep breaths of this early sunny morning mexican border air and God and the Devil both couldn't trick me into being sad."

The writing in Okie, Mexican, Texican phonetic dialect gets old, but the description of Terlingua, Study Butte is priceless. I'm enjoying it and can picture reading it around the campstove some night.

It's worth it.

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Re: Woody Guthrie - Seeds of Man
« Reply #44 on: November 22, 2008, 11:12:14 PM »
Just ordered a copy from alibris.com for $6.xx total incl s/h.  It sounds like the difficult reading is what I have experienced reading Faulkner.  I look forward to this book.  Thanks, TWWG.
As a matter of fact, I _do_ have an opinion on that....

 


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