- Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: Eakin Press; 1st edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571681663
- ISBN-13: 978-1571681669
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aransas: Life of a Texas Coastal County Paperback – June 1, 1997
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It was a thick book, I put it aside until I had time to go through it. I've just had 10 days off, and that was among my reading activities.
I assumed it would be historical; so I did not anticipate reading it as I do some novels. But I started. To my surprise, it caught my attention and imagination right away.
Also, to my surprise, I lingered over the words because they painted pictures I wanted to enjoy. I took much longer to read this book, because I was captivated by the words themselves.
The story moved along like an adventure tale, which the history of Texas actually is. It was dangerous, scary, wild, and took courageous and foolhardy men and women to survive. Texas had citizens with those characteristics on both sides of the Rio Grande.
The saga of many real families unfolded. Reading ARANSAS was like looking at a photograph album of one's grandparents--or great-grandparents. You never met them, but through this book you do know them. They became real people, with real personalities.
I did not know of the participation of Aransas County in both the Texas Revolution and the Civil War. It was a port to be conquered by the "other" side in both wars--a strategic military outpost. Other history books refer to the importance of Copano Bay.
Throughout the book the authors give geographic locations of homes or stores or hotels or fishing or cattle wharfs. In the back the references are detailed. We can still visit these places. That's my next goal--to find where history happened, and is still going on.
Four years ago I read in the Rockport Pilot's Visitor Guide that this book existed. That very day I was dragging my wife around looking for it, finally found it at the Art Museum by the beach. The entire weekend was spent skimming and reading this wonderful book. Since I have got the book I have read and re-read it many many times.
Today I enjoy visiting Rockport as often as I can. While driving around I try to picture what it was like at the turn of the century when the Aransas Hotel was still stood and the Baily Pavillion was THE place to be. Who would have thought that the little towns of Rockport and Fulton would have such a deep history?
Thanks, John Conner San Jose, CA
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Outstanding reference book, service and seller--very highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful book, especially if you are familiar with the Texas coast. The people, both native and settler, come alive with personality. A keeper.Published on May 12, 2012 by jim henderson