Annie just finished reading Stephen Harrigan’s historical novel, The Gates of the Alamo. Its author has lived in Texas since he was five and has written a thick, wonderful fictional account about the 1836 siege and fall of the Alamo. Just want to quote Goodreads–“This was an event that formed the consciousness of Texas and that resonates through American history. The Gates of the Alamo follows the lives of three people whose fates become bound to the now-fabled Texas fort: Edmund McGowan, a proud and gifted naturalist whose life’s work is threatened by the war against Mexico; the resourceful, widowed innkeeper Mary Mott; and her sixteen-year-old son, Terrell, whose first shattering experience with love leads him instead to war and into the crucible of the Alamo. The story unfolds with vivid immediacy and describes the pivotal battle from the perspective of the Mexican attackers as well as the American defenders. Filled with dramatic scenes, and abounding in fictional and historical personalities (James Bowie, David Crockett, William Travis, and General Santa Anna), the novel enfolds us in history and, through its remarkable and passionate storytelling, allows us to participate at last in an American legend.”
Annie had a hard time getting things done this week. because she couldn’t wait to read more of this novel. Hate to admit it, but this book has been on her bookcase for several years before she got around to reading it; pity. If you’re a native Texan like Annie or a relatively newcomer (within the last 100 years), Annie recommends you bone up on your Texas history by reading this stirring book.
Mr. Harrigan did considerable research while writing the book, but Annie thinks he does take a few liberties with some of the so-called facts. The myths of the Texas Revolution, especially those about the Alamo, are rampant. Since we no longer have survivors from that era, we can just go along with things as they are presented in The Gates of the Alamo.
If you still looking for a Christmas gift for a Texas-loving person, think about giving her/him this wonderfully intriguing book, or buy it for yourself. You can check it out for free from one of the Fort Worth library branches.
Annie Ambles recommends reading The Gates of the Alamo