Featured in our exhibit, "Another Frontier: Frederic Remington’s East," are many paintings depicting life on water. Throughout his life, Remington loved “packing and paddling,” and portrayed canoeing at every stage of his career. “The long still water is the mental side of canoeing,” he observed, “as the rapid is the life and movement.” What is it like to ride the “white horses” that gallop on the river? Join us for our next Tall Tales book discussion as we read and discuss "Goodbye to a River" by John Graves. Please read the selected book prior to the program.
Book Description: In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. For John Graves, this project meant that if the stream’s regimen was thus changed, the beautiful and sometimes brutal surrounding countryside would also change, as would the lives of the people whose rugged ancestors had eked out an existence there. Graves therefore decided to visit that stretch of the river, which he had known intimately as a youth. "Goodbye to a River" is his account of that farewell canoe voyage. As he braves rapids and fatigue and the fickle autumn weather, he muses upon old blood feuds of the region and violent skirmishes with native tribes, and retells wild stories of courage and cowardice and deceit that shaped both the river’s people and the land during frontier times and later. Nearly half a century after its initial publication, "Goodbye to a River" is a true American classic, a vivid narrative about an exciting journey and a powerful tribute to a vanishing way of life and its ever-changing natural environment.
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