The Wonderful Country
Fiction
6 x 9, 396 pp.
Pub Date: 03/26/2002
Texas Tradition Series
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978-0-87565-261-0
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978-0-87565-255-9

Published by Texas Christian University Press

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The Wonderful Country

By Tom Lea
Afterword by John O. West

Tom Lea’s The Wonderful Country opens as mejicano pistolero Martín Bredi is returning to El Puerto [El Paso] after a fourteen-year absence. Bredi carries a gun for the Chihuahuan warlord Cipriano Castro and is on Castro’s business in Texas. 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 Martín Bredi.

Back in Texas Brady 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. He becomes a man without a country.

The Wonderful Country clearly depicts life along the Texas-Mexico border of a century-and-a-half ago, when Texas and Mexico were being settled and tamed.

The late Tom Lea is author of The Brave Bulls, The Primal Yoke, The Hands of Cantú; and the two-volume history of the King Ranch.



John O. West is professor emeritus of English at the University of Texas at El Paso. West is author of Tom Lea: Artist in Two Mediums and Mexican-American Folklore.



Joseph A. Stout Jr., a professor of history at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, is the author of Border Conflict: Villistas, Carrancistas and the Punitive Expedition, 19151920, published by TCU Press in 1999.

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