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T appeal to me Its poetic almost surreal style and *Content Never Cease To Captivate Me Even Though I Ve *never cease to captivate me even though I ve it many times I ve and content never cease to captivate me even though I ve read it many times I ve a copy first in paperback and now finally in a first edition hardcover almost ever since its original publication and I return to every few years Damn now here s a book Opens with a bitter old. F it and the color of its raw life sank into John Allen’s soul He writes of the sweat soaked days roping cattle of drunken nights in town of senoritas and vaueros of the last days of a US Cavalry post – forgotten and useless in this lost region – of the bull ring at Nuevo Laredo of strong drink blood and sudden death He writes too of his great uncle Beverly duelist and adventurer a soldier *Of Fortune In Trelawney Tradition Who Galloped On Impossible Attacks *fortune in Trelawney tradition who galloped on impossible attacks the Civil War and foll. Man re visiting his old haunts and wanting to puke He s angry And Helpless But He helpless But he comforted by stories of how South Texas used to be Back when it was violent and stupid My prejudices are Allen s prejudices and I have never seen them so well spelled out The novel is pulpy at times dreamy It never lets up and is beautifu. Owed Maximilian in Mexico; of Fierro the Little Blood Villa’s inhuman right hand and his raids of terror across the border; of being held for ransom with perfect old world courtesy in a house where pleasing ladies were to be had for a few pesos Old legends and the sound of Spanish music run through the book Old memories are mingled with a feeling of compassion for this desolate Country John Houghton Allen Is The Kind John Houghton Allen is the ind original and startling discovery that comes rarely these day. ,
Southwest A Zia book

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The title is a little misleading as the stories in this work are about the region of Texas bordering the Rio Grande River from stories in this work are about the region of Texas bordering the Rio Grande River from to the Gulf of Mexico The stories themselves are entertaining John Houghton Allen s account of growing up in Jim Hogg County Texas among the vaueros in the 1920s and 30s has always had a grea. Along the Tex Mex Railroad as it nears the end of its course from Corpus Christi to Laredo lies a hard deserted country Thirty years ago there were great ranches here grandees and senoritas and Chihuahua cattle herded by the finest Spanish ponies It was a country like Spain like a painting by Remington This country John Houghton Allen new as a boy He writes with nostalgia of what it once was and what it has come to be Years ago it was a cruel brutal land and the heat of it the violence ,

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