Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands #2020

Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands By Roger D Hodge Texas Blood Seven Generations Among the Outlaws Ranchers Indians Missionaries Soldiers and Smugglers of the Borderlands In the tradition of Ian Frazier s Great Plains and as vivid as the work of Cormac McCarthy an intoxicating singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through sev
  • Title: Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands
  • Author: Roger D Hodge
  • ISBN: 9780307961402
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands By Roger D Hodge In the tradition of Ian Frazier s Great Plains, and as vivid as the work of Cormac McCarthy, an intoxicating, singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through seven generations of the author s ranching family What brought the author s family to Texas What is it about Texas that for centuries has exerted a powerful allure for adventuIn the tradition of Ian Frazier s Great Plains, and as vivid as the work of Cormac McCarthy, an intoxicating, singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through seven generations of the author s ranching family What brought the author s family to Texas What is it about Texas that for centuries has exerted a powerful allure for adventurers and scoundrels, dreamers and desperate souls, outlaws and outliers In search of answers, Hodge travels across his home state which he loves and hates in shifting measure tracing the wanderings of his ancestors into forgotten histories along vanished roads Here is an unsentimental, keenly insightful attempt to grapple with all that makes Texas so magical, punishing, and polarizing Here is a spellbindingly evocative portrait of the borderlands with its brutal history of colonization, conquest, and genocide where stories of death and drugs and desperation play out daily And here is a contemplation of what it means that the ranching industry that has sustained families like Hodge s for almost two centuries is quickly fading away, taking with it a part of our larger, deep rooted cultural inheritance A wholly original fusion of memoir and history as piercing as it is elegiac Texas Blood is a triumph.
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    1. Very interesting read that is difficult to classify The author s father and I were playpen babies together, in every class together from first grade through high school and then roomed together our first year in college Both of our grandfathers and fathers ranched in the Juno country near the Devils River in northern Val Verde County.Roger s book traces six generations of his family asking what drew them to endure the hardships to live in this hard, barren area He traveled the routes taken be hi [...]


    2. I won this in a giveaway.A meandering history filled with personal memories of the author Once I understood the history would be tangled up inside a memoir or was it a memoir tangled up inside history I set back and enjoyed the read.


    3. 3.5 starsA visit to Big Bend National Park last Christmas, reached by a long, empty drive from Southern California, spurred my interest in Texas Blood This was a month after the election of Donald Trump and you do see a lot of places in desperate need places so remote and ramshackle it s hard to understand how or why people are living there Texas Blood takes on some of that question by explaining how people got to West Texas and their dedication to staying there Roger D Hodge uses his own family [...]


    4. TEXAS HISTORY BIOGRAPHYRoger D HodgeTexas Blood Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the BorderlandsAlfred A KnopfHardcover, 978 0 3079 6140 2 also available as an e book and an audiobook , 368 pgs 28.95October 10, 2017 Texas, with its expanses of still wild vistas, lends itself to the mythical Historical attempts to settle and tame the borderlands have often proved ephemeral The evidence is found in pictographs and petroglyphs North Am [...]


    5. Engrossing, personal meditation on the history and peoples of Texas Hodges is an eloquent writer, and can make a list of place names compelling Hodges talks about pre historic peoples and their enigmatic paintings, as well as the Comanche who were a significant force in shaping the identity of Texas There was little about the Mexicans who lived there before Texas became independents and I would have liked there to be about them I could have done without his digression into the writings of Corma [...]


    6. This book wasn t what I thought it would be From the title, I was expecting the author to explore the generations of his Texas family who preceded him More or less mostly less this did happen, but the book was filled with a great deal of non family history, much of which can be obtained in better sources elsewhere American Indians So many American Indians There were parts of the book that were very interesting the various looks at the Border Patrol, and the parts that WERE about the author s fam [...]


    7. The title is misleading It leads you to believe he s going to give us 300 pages of good historical shenanigans about his old school Texas family He does that somewhat briefly including his own upbringing But most of the book is about emigrants from other states in the 19th century as well as his thoughts on a road trip along our Mexican border Also there s a lot of literary thoughts on Blood Meridian I think the author is a critic It s not what I thought it was but it was interesting anyway I ma [...]


    8. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Having driven across the State of Texas 5 times in the past few years I became intrigued with the history of its remote areas From Marfa to Frederiksburg to Mesilla, NM this area sparked my fascination.It was with this in the back of my mind when I saw this book in a New Hampshire bookstore and I picked it up.What a read The author weaves family and regional history quite seamlessly as well as leaping from past to present This provided a personal history of the reg [...]


    9. Though I know this area well having lived two years on the border in Laredo, I found this book disappointing I have loved books like Ian Frazier s THE GREAT PLAINS, which some reviewers compared this book, too, as he brought out this wide place in essays and stories, but this book, with the author s name, felt just like a hodgepodge He begins stories that go on for a long time, but there seems to be little connections to other parts of the book The book took me far across space, time and people [...]


    10. Plenty of reasons to like this book, from the way Hodge interweaves his family history with the history of Texas and the American Southwest broadly, to the vivid and unyielding descriptions of the geography and hardship of the region For me, the best part of the book was when he also weaved Cormac McCarthy s books into the region, both historically having read Blood Meridian multiple times, I did not realize that some parts were firmly based in actual people and events and also by legend.


    11. As a native Texan and Cormac MCCarthy fan I overall enjoyed the book There were moments where it dragged with so many historical names and dates I lost track, but brought itself back When the author describes driving along the Rio Grande, his writing brought me right back to when I traced the same roads earlier this year Interesting commentary on border security.


    12. Overall a good book It wandered outside of the state of Texas contrary to its title, but eventually worked its way back over the border A good past and present presentation of the West as well as a good depiction of a family of Texas I would recommend this book to anyone who has family history that goes back to the beginnings of Texas such as my family Well done.


    13. A book that would be thoroughly enjoyed by people who know Texas better than I however, once I skimmed past some of the detailed descriptions of landscapes and geography that a Texan would know and enjoy, I discovered little jewels of anecdotes about the history of the Comanche culture and the fascinating story of Sister Maria de Jesus and the Jumano Apache in the 1620s.


    14. Fascinating read Hodge mixes historical facts with his family memoirs, taking into account the how and why they ended up in Texas namely along the Borderlands, which at least for me, reveals some untold history.


    15. This is a good nonfiction picture of what the Texas Mexico border is really like, as opposed to the hype and hysteria The author grew up there, but his professional life is as a journalist in New York, so you get a pretty balanced viewpoint.


    16. I love a story about a place I love such stories over and against the story of a person This one rambled through the personal story of a person and his people and the place And while I wanted to love than I did, the rambling was too disjointed for me.


    17. This is a good book but it tends to meander The author covers too much If Mr Hodge just dealt with his ancestors and West Texas settlement it could have been a far better book.




    18. great combination of interesting history, memoir and travelogue I know it wasn t the author s intention but i really wish that there were photos and that they were in color.


    19. Hodge takes a Sebaldian look at the Texas Mexico Border tying in his family history with an analysis of the novels Cormac McCarthy Not exactly Charles Bowden.I m familiar with the area where his family still ranches The Devils River countryHodge was editor at Harpers at The Oxford American Good writing.


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