The Wonderful Country

Tom Lea s The Wonderful Country opens as mejicano pistolero Martin Bredi is returning to El Puerto El Paso after a fourteen year absence Bredi carries a gun for the Chihuahuan war lord Cipriano Castro and is on Castro s business in Texas Bredi fears he will be arrested for murder once he is back across the Rio Grande Fourteen years earlier shortly after the end of Tom Lea s The Wonderful Country opens as mejicano pistolero Martin Bredi is returning to El Puerto El Paso after a fourteen year absence Bredi carries a gun for the Chihuahuan war lord Cipriano Castro and is on Castro s business in Texas Bredi fears he will be arrested for murder once he is back across the Rio Grande Fourteen years earlier shortly after the end of the Civil War when he was the boy Martin Brady, he killed the man who murdered his father and fled to Mexico where he became Martin Bredi Back in Texas, other misfortunes occur to Brady First he breaks a leg then he falls in love with a married woman while recuperating and, finally, to right another wrong, he kills a man When Brady Bredi returns to Mexico, the Castros distrust him as an American, and Martin is in the intolerable position of being not a man of two countries but a man without a country.
The Wonderful Country Tom Lea s The Wonderful Country opens as mejicano pistolero Martin Bredi is returning to El Puerto El Paso after a fourteen year absence Bredi carries a gun for the Chihuahuan war lord Cipriano Castro

  • Title: The Wonderful Country
  • Author: Tom Lea
  • ISBN: 9780890961858
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Wonderful Country”

    1. I bought this book in an antique store - published 1952 in the old style, wherein the actual cover, not just the jacket, is illustrated, the drawing wrapping around the front, spine & back. Also there is an illustration at the beginning of each chapter. All were pen-and-ink style drawings that were done by the author.It is the story of an early Texas Ranger. I found it to be in the style of Zane Grey with lots of action but some beautiful descriptive passages. It is in the era following the [...]

    2. The author takes his time developing this story that takes place in Texas and across the border in Mexico. The reader gets a fairly good perspective of both American and Mexican views of each other. The main character, who is not perfect, straddles both sides of the border with conflicted loyalties. The land is a character in this story. The author's description of the land is so good that when he wrote about the wind and dust I could feel the grit. The author's pen & ink illustrations at th [...]

    3. I think I would award more stars if I read more westerns. There were moments in this book that I think went over my head. For example, when Martin is fleeing his newly-promoted employers and the state of Chihuahua and leaves 22 gold one as on deposit for his return But is chased away by gunfire? "Do it right do it right do it right" -- do WHAT right? Why are they shooting at you? I thought the whole point of leaving some of your money behind was that the bosses would think you were coming back t [...]

    4. What better way to follow Allen's classic non-fiction "Southwest" than this equally classic novel of the border? I've owned this book for several years, and return to it periodically. Tom Lea, perhaps better known for his art (and he illustrated this book) was a wonderful story-teller. He knew the border country intimately, and his characterizations are excellent. Read it.

    5. This is a Texas novel that should be read by Texans and those who just love the idea of living in the large open spaces that once were the American West.This would make the top 25 list of "best books about Texas".

    6. To tell the truth I don't know if I read this or not but the name Tom Lea does ring a semi-strong bell. Maybe I read one that's not on G'reads. Seems like I did see the movie on TV as well. Date read is a wild guess of course. I MIGHT be thinking of a book he illustrated

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