SOUTHWEST by John Houghton Allen


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Nostalgic, clutching at the spectacular, yearning for the days of yore, Mr. Allen rushes hither and yon over the territory that lies between Texas and Mexico traveling it historically, geographically and culturally, mostly with respect to himself and his family, in a romantic travelogue-autobiography. There is a little homey philosophy, a little self analysis, a few more anecdotes and plenty of description in this account of one man's opinions of the Southwest, that often reminds one (by way of being a soporific) of Archibald MacLeish in its evocative style, its glorification of the land and the people in a somewhat mystic fashion. The author was brought up some thirty odd years ago near the small town of Jesus Maria, in days when the Southwest was a more colorful place than the hard, bitter, beer drinking place it is today, and this is a graphic portrait of what it has become. Of limited interest, beyond the regional destination.

Pub Date: March 5th, 1952
Publisher: Lippincott