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The Wind

(Barker Texas History Center Series #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Wind stirred up a fury among Texas readers when it was first published in 1925.

This is the story of Letty, a delicate girl who is forced to move from lush Virginia to desolate West Texas. The numbing blizzards, the howling sand storms, and the loneliness of the prairie all combine to undo her nerves. But it is the wind itself, a demon personified, that eventually
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by University of Texas Press (first published 1925)
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Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Me sorprende que la publicidad de la editorial venda esta novela como una especie de odisea protofeminista cuando realmente Letty es el personaje femenino más alejado de lo que pueda ser una mujer en lucha continua por cambiar el estado de las cosas y sobrevivir. Letty es pasiva y desde luego está más preocupada por ella misma y por rememorar sus años dorados en Virginia, que por poner los pies en la tierra y ponerse en acción. En ese aspecto si que me ha decepcionado por lo que digo, creia que
classic reverie
I loved this story but it is more in line with Wharton's Ethan Frome, with its sadness & struggle of a young girl who after her mother's death travels from Virginia to Sweetwater Texas to live with her cousin's family, mid to late 1800. You get a taste of what the pioneers had to deal with regards to the wind, sand & draught. Engaging story & very insightful to the mental capacity for people to cope.

When I was looking over at Goodreads & the Kindle store, for books that were made
What a find this little gem turned out to be. Nothing romanticised or sanitised about the hardships braved by pioneer women during the 1800's on the Texas plains.

The story deals with a very naive and sheltered Letty Mason as she journeys from lush Virginia to the desolation of Texas and ranching life. It is a story set for tragedy. Letty is ill equipped to deal with loneliness, hardship or the reality of marriage. The story tells of her descent into madness.

Letty is filled with fear, uncertainly
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty damn phenomenal.

Letty, young woman of 18 years has lost her mother, and with no money or near relatives to live with in her native Virginia, goes to live with her cousin and his family at a ranch near Sweetwater, TX in the 1880s. She's lived a privileged white life, with her mammy taking care of her and she's never done any hard work/labor. She comes to a bleak land devoid of any water, dust is everywhere, and the wind never ceases. She has no skills, no training, and no
Ruth Berent
Jun 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Si te interesa más el simbolismo y las descripciones en un libro que sus personajes este libro puede interesarte, pero si-aun viendo la carga simbólica- no puedes dejar de valorar el libro por la empatía con los personajes, huye de él.

Letty es uno de los personajes más repugnantes que he leído y su evolución es nula en el texto. (view spoiler)
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a classic work of Texas fiction that is memorable for the storm of controversy it caused when it was published anonymously in 1925. Set in the 1880s, it tells the story of a fragile 18-year-old girl from Virginia, suddenly orphaned and left penniless, who goes to live with her cousin, a rancher somewhere west of Sweetwater, in West Texas. Dreamily romantic and totally unprepared for the rigors of life on the plains, she struggles unsuccessfully with deprivations of body, mind, and spirit ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A stark and unforgettable story of a naive orphan who has to relocate from Virginia to Texas after her mother's death. Published in 1925, the novel initially angered Texans who were upset by the descriptions of the harsh climate and its toll on the inhabitants, especially women. The author, born and bred in Texas herself, showed that not every woman who had to go west was cut out to be a pioneer's helpmate. Terrified at the prospect of having to live through tornadoes and hurricanes, the heroine ...more
José Nebreda
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesante. Absorvente a ratos. También terrible. Vergonzoso que la editorial venda este libro como una novela feminista. De feminista no tiene nada. Vivimos en una sociedad de gilipollas y gilipollos.
Mary Havens
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca’s NoName DeWinter meets the woman in The Yellow Wallpaper with a side of Shirley Jackson thrown in. I don’t think I’ve ever read Gothic Texas and I LOVED IT!!!
I rolled my eyes numerous times when Letty couldn’t get it together. I felt some sympathy for her but she literally blamed her downward spiral on the wind without really being honest at all. As the story went on, I started seeing that Letty resembled a character out of Gone With the Wind — but one of the characters who folded after
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Herein, we have a young gal, Letty, from Virginia headed by train to Sweetwater, Texas, to live with her cousin and his family. She is not at all ready for life on the plain. Definitely a fish-out-of-water! And the wind and the sand drive her mad! And she pines for her old life, and hates her new one. Pobrecita.

There's a lot to like in this book. The dialogue, especially the cowboys', is wonderful to read! And the desolation of Letty's situation is expertly described! I also got a kick out of
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
After having read "The Wind" I can see why the west Texas chamber of commerce was in arms. This does not incite mass movement to Sweetwater Texas. The wind was ceaseless, constant, continual, unabating, interminable, endless, everlasting, eternal, perpetual, continuous, nonstop, uninterrupted, unbroken, unremitting, persistent, relentless, and unrelieved. Which is important that you be aware of this, as it plays a major role in how our protagonist, Letty, adapted(?) to her new life. The wind was ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Classic Texas novel--don't know why it's not regularly read as a classic *American* feminist novel. It should have been in Madwoman in the Attic (Gilbert & Gubar). It is about a woman going mad, the underside of the Texas cowboy myth. Brilliant psychological drama.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Imagine yourself to be a sheltered and pampered 18-year-old girl living in Virginia in a snug house surrounded by orchards, flowers, and streams. And then a family death and overwhelming debts force you to travel to live with a relative in an unpainted wood-frame shack on a ranch, where the area is suffering its worst-ever drought--no trees, no greenery, no water. And the wind blows all the time. How would you fare?

The year is 1887 and the ranch location is outside Sweetwater, Texas. Letty Mason
Poor Letty! Just eighteen years young she has lost her mother, her only left parent, and must leave her beloved home Virginia. She leaves behind the green country, with its trees, colourful flowers and chirping birds to move to her cousin Beverly's family in Texas. What a tremendous change to her! The country is dry, the wind steady blows and people live separated from eachother for dozens of miles. Although Bev is glad to see Letty she feels that she is unwanted by his wife. So scared to death ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was pretty much the perfect book to read while living in an area that's going through one of the worst droughts in years, as well as a worldwide drought that is affecting millions of people.

Scarborough's portrayal of a young girl sent to the wide, dry spaces of Texas, being hounded by wind and no rain, feeling forced into the opposite kind of life she romanticized about is fantastically real.

There is a wonderful twist at the end, although there are a few unanswered questions. Don't expect
Robert Nagle
This is probably one of the greatest novels to come out of Texas, even though the author only moved here later. It depicts a woman from the East Coast who visits family in a Texas farm and how loneliness and despair seizes her (like the wind sandstorms that are always hitting). [return][return]This book was later made into a great silent film starring Lilian Gish. This edition also includes a nice critical introduction.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book! West Texas as its most scary!
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Emily Dorothy Scarborough was an American writer who wrote about Texas, folk culture, cotton farming, ghost stories and women's life in the Southwest.

Scarborough was born in Mount Carmel, Texas. At the age of four she moved to Sweetwater, Texas for her mother's health, as her mother needed the drier climate. The family soon left Sweetwater in 1887, so that the Scarborough children could get a good

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“I can’t imagine how you did it,’ she cried.
‘I didn’t have no time to imagine. It’s what folks imagines that gen’rally ruins ‘em. It’s like maggots in the brain. My hands and feet had to keep movin’ so fast that my head didn’t have no chance to contradict ‘em.”
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