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a charming book about small people, small places and the wonder and beauty of a life lived simply. written by my amazing professor and friend.
This book is a New Mexico classic and I can see why it is a New York Times Notable book. It is 23 years since it was published; I am glad I discovered it now and will continue to explore DeBuys' books. I loved the innocence and freshness expressed by the characters from two very different cultures as they came into relationship as neighbors along a stream, near a village, below the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. I previously read deBuys' "Enchantment and Exploitation" so it was nice to return
Beautifully written memoir of life in a small village in New Mexico. Narrated by an "outsider" who became friends with one of the village elders. A lovely portrait of an ordinary man whose ordinary life was really anything but.
Outstanding book! New Mexico is truly a unique land with deep culture and history. I have read quite a few books about the area both while living there and the 20 years since and this is one of the best. The other I would strongly recommend is To Possess the Land: A Biography Of Arthur Rochford Manby. I spent a year living in the Cerrillos/Madrid area and it had a profound and deep impact that has kept me fascinated with the land of enchantment. As an example of the insular tendencies of the peo...
Beautiful picture of a world that's almost gone nowLife and friendship in an old Hispanic farming village is the frame in this excellent piece of creative nonfiction. It connects the reader to a passing way of life for the Spanish settlers who came to el Norte long before it was New Mexico.
DeBuy's stories and Harris's photos weave an intimate, profound portrait of a world that is rapidly disappearing, if it is not already relegated to history. Sometimes a bit disjointed, but always delightful, the stories are full of roughness, grace, insight, and a sparkle of humor that I feel well reflects the mountain life and the people who live it.
For anyone who is beginning to feel a sparkle of interest in northern New Mexico, I highly recommend this work. A portrait of a high mountain village life unlike anything in contemporary America. I laughed at many occasions hearing Jacobo's witty straight wisdom
Inspired me to read more by these artistsWell written story about a man from northern New Mexico, a village in northern New Mexico and the writer and photographer who tell the story without forced sentiment.
Beautiful. I visited this area shortly after I read this book.
Fantastic book, memoir on place, time, and neighbors.
good prose, great photos
Beautifully written and informative about change.
The place that holds the Trampas river is such a fascinating place. I've passed through there, it speaks to me. William De Buys as worked intimately with the people of that place and its land. De Buys language fits the quality and character of that place. River Of Traps has a strong lyrical quality that is worth being a part of even if only from an armchair.
Powerful writing, powerful photographs.
A wonderful New Mexico book.
Beautiful depiction of life in rural New Mexico. I particularly enjoyed the description of Jacobo's role as the Democratic chairman and his way of teaching.