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Not for everyone, perhaps. Still, these novels have their appeal at least for those who can appreciate an implausible tale completely out of sync with the zeitgeist of our times. Moreover, there are those who will be enticed by books sprinkled with Persian rugs, Battenburg lace, and tricot de laine. It is Lud, that worst-looking of all his books, that remains one of my favorite Texas novels. When we meet the central character, Lud Daingerfield, son of an elderly Confederate veteran and a young society belle, he is seven years old, and playing outside his mother’s room at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio. Born to wealth, young Lud is club-footed, and always wondering what caused him to be crippled. At length he learns that his mother deliberately maimed him in infancy \(a hideous thought, but probably reflecting a pop-psychology notion of the time, that finds his way to his grandfather’s ranch near San Angelo where, in a womanless world, he grows to manhood under the guidance of his organ-playing French Calvinist grandfather and a young rakehell ranch hand. His grandfather dies, and the now-grown Lud returns to San Antonio, where no thanks to his mother he finds life’s right path after all. Perhaps it’s the quirkiness of my own upbringing \(in a Baptist parsonage, where toy cap pistols and mock Bowie knives prefer my Texas ranchers as hymn-playing Calvinists, who attend faithfully to their family devotions and mean no harm to anyone. In my view, the Shreveport cousin’s widow summed up Joseph’s character best: “How impractical Donald was; how grand his gestures.” Dwight Fullingim is the son of a Baptist minister and a long-time student of Texas letters, who now pursues his literary speculations from a corporate office in Saudi Arabia. Send the Whether you’re in Buda, Bula or Buna, you can make the Observer available to your local Observer library and your neighbors for only $2.5. Your Name Address City/State/Zip Phone Please circle the library or libraries of your choice below. 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