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Rattlesnakes Paperback – January 1, 1982


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; Reprint edition (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292770235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292770232
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM H FULLER on March 15, 2008
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J. Frank Dobie was a wonderful collector of folklore, particularly the folklore emanating from west Texas and the ranching country of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Most universities in that part of the United States offer a course in their English departments entitled "Life and Literature of the Southwest" or something comparable, and one is very likely to meet at least some of Dobie's many books in these courses. Naturally, anyone who is curious about southwestern folklore can always create a self-conducted course for himself, and Dobie should certainly be one of the authors represented in that course.

In RATTLESNAKES, Dobie presents a collection of folklore revolving around the topic of those fanged vipers whose warning rattle has been heard by generations of frontiersmen, including quite a few modern-day folks who have chosen to build their homes in the snakes' habitat. These accounts range widely in their subject matter, including the size to which rattlesnakes can grow, whether a snake's bite is poisonous to itself, attacks on snakes by birds ranging from roadrunners to eagles, homegrown remedies for rattlesnake bites, cat and dog behavior around rattlesnakes, use of snake venom by American Natives to poison arrow and spear tips, and even a few supernatural appearances by the snakes.

Because the book is a collection of many tales concerning almost every imaginable aspect of rattlesnakes, it does not read like a unified story from cover to cover. In construction, the narrative is very much episodic, and, as one might expect, the various episodes range in quality and memorability, some being rather prosaic and a few quite imaginative.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
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I read this 'bout 20 years ago, and it was fascinating then, as it is now. Mr. Dobie brings to us the Texas legendry and lore surrounding the rattlesnake, both in humor and seriousness. Great book.
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By Blackbull on January 1, 2014
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This collection of folkloric stories are about much more than just snakes, though the reptiles do give it a nice structure. As always J. Frank out performs all expectations.
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