Other authors ( see Cormac McCarthy) and filmmakers have portrayed historic Northern Mexico as a fascinating place where regard for individual life is meager and murder and violence no big deal.The beat goes on ...
he writer has already dropped John Reed and Mabel Dodge into the action.
there is plot going on and that should carry me through to the end ( w/o much enthusiasm) I guess.- The old man= Teddy Roosevelt ...- Lots of draggy side tracks ...- How coul the crowd see details of falling bodies from " thousands of feet " away?- Is a ouija board going to work on a train in the middle of nowhere?- " exuberated "?????- Woodrow Wilson turns up, George Patton will be coming along with General Pershing.
It 's just fiction in historical setting with a lot of cameos of questionably credibility.- Bierce is described a some " old gringo "- the title of the ovie in which he was played by Gregory Peck.- Arthur digs up some conquistador relics- just like in " O Pioneers. " This event is no use to again, even though the reader is given to believ that tha is an event of some significance.- Physically, this story covers the same territory as " Blood Meridian " only 65 years later.
what 's the connection between loud voices and coffee being served?- I just looked up Tom Mix on wiki and based on his story there I ca n't see that he belongs in this tale.
aybe Mr. Groom knows of some secret episode in Mix' life???
Looks like Mr. Mix was actually in Hollywood making movies the hole time this thing was taking place ( 1916).
Seems like he ca n't give up his mind.- Those Hollywood movie makers pop up again.
- Obviously WG has read " Blood Meridian "- he has mules falling off cliff, just like Cormac McCarthy.
Perhaps no Grizzlies in N.
no far no rattlesnakes or scorpions, though.- Arthur spots an eagle soaring thousands of feet away ( hundreds, maybe) ...
More time and space wasted.- According to wiki, Tom Mix did NOT grow up in Arizona, as is tated in th ook ...
To sum up, we fin the following as the endgame unwinds: more Cormac McCarthy ( burying bodies in Mexico=The Crossing), a horrible death-by-rattlesnake, the gratuitous killing off in the Afterword of one of the stories appealing young characters ( and a possible reference to the dyin of Mary White), more over-the-top violence and bloodshed, the return of the grimy old prospector ( think Walter Huston in " The Treasure of the Sierra Madre " ( the film is referred to in the Afterword), more of the youthful George Patton, more weird nonsense ( perpetuating a false history) about Tom Mix in the Afterword, death-by-quicksand, seventy-one!!!!!
in that book John Reed witnesses the death of Ambrose Bierce ( Villa murders him), though he does n't understand it 's Bierce because Bierce disguised himself a bit and was using the name " Jack Robinson. " owever ...
seems like Reed would have put two and two together after the fact, since Bierce 's fate was a well-known mystery of the time, and declared that Bierce had been attacked by Villa.