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Goodbye to a River: A Narrative Paperback – July 9, 2002
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“As you read, you have the feeling that the whole colorful, brutal tapestry of the Lone Star State is being unrolled for you out of the biography of this one stream.” —The Atlantic Monthly
“Graves’ originality and flair turn this local scene and regional lore into an hoest and powerfully evocative picture of frontier life anywhere.” —The Chicago Sunday Tribune
“One of the most pleasing books I’ve ever read. I love the way it weaves together remote history, not so remote history, present events, and landscape.”—Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
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This was recommended to me for a Texas history course, but this is not merely the best history book I have come across, but this is the best book I have read bar none. If you read for self-discovery, history or love of good writing, then you will not re-shelve this disappointed when you're done. You will, if you are like me, go and find your parents or your grandparents or both, hug them and say, "I never appreciated what you did and what you left behind for my generation. Thank you".
And thank you, John Graves.
I know of no other author who has a command of the written language like Mr. Graves, he paints pictures with words. His writing is kind of a combination of Ed Abbey, Ben K. Green, A.C. Greene, and Elmer Kelton, mixed in with a modern Thoreau.
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John Graves says goodbye to the Brazos River that he knew as a child and young man, growing up in West Texas before the river was dammed and life changed forever on the Brazos. Read morePublished 4 days ago by John G. Griffin
Several years ago I went to a reading by John Graves where I bought "Goodbye to a River." Mr. Graves did some reading, people lined up to have their books autographed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by josephine briggs
What a gentle, sweet, honest narrative. Although it predates such technology by decades, it reads like a well-written blog.Published 5 months ago by Carol E.
If you are familiar with the Brazos River and are interested in some small incidents of Texas history you will rate this as a book deserving four or five stars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christine
Makes you want to go out and kayak again because no matter when you went last it's been to long.Published 6 months ago by Michael D Vicars
Love the stories he weaves into his trek down the Brazos River. It is a.asking to see how much has changed and how much remains after the intervening 57+ years since his journey. Read morePublished 7 months ago by GRADY H BEACHUM
For the last decade I have lived embarrassingly close to the Brazos River without fully appreciating the history, value and beauty of the area and the people who have encountered... Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Lee Barrett
Graves does a great job of painting a relevant history of a portion of the north portion of the Brazos. It's all there Cowboys, settlers and Indians. A good read.Published 9 months ago by J Jaeckle