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Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place Hardcover – February 15, 2016
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The land Armitage grew up on is part of the Llano Estacado, so named by the Spanish who explored the grassy High Plains region of North America centuries ago. In literally walking the land between Vega, Texas and the Canadian River some 30 miles to the north, a walk that took place in numerous excursions over a period of time, she seamlessly weaves together an intricate pattern of histories—geological, archaeological, ancient and modern human history, wildlife, and plant life of the region, along with anecdotes of the writer’s own personal experiences growing up there.
Along the way readers meet the many peoples who participated in the clash of cultures on the Llano, including ancient humans, Spanish and Mexican explorers and residents, farmers with their water diversion techniques, ranchers with their fences, and oil producers—all of whom bring changes to the land. Many of those changes appear to be irreversible.
All in all, this is a breathtakingly comprehensive tour of a place, its waters, the many peoples who have populated it, and of the animals and plants that have and do live within. Armitage speaks of her deep relationship with all these elements as part of a “sacred mystery” and of the experience of interrelationship with all.
There are some nice surprises in the later portions of the book. And, as with many memoirs, the reader comes to know, respect, and like this writer, and her family and neighbors as her stories unfold.
Like so many experiences, this book gets better as you move into it, through it, and with it right along with its walker/author. Reading it is an experience not to be missed.
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