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Irrigation ditches are the lifelines of agriculture and daily life in rural New Mexico. This award-winning account of the authors experience as a mayordomo, or ditch boss, is the first record of the life of an acequia by a community participant....

Title : Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico
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ISBN : 9780826314451
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 248 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico Reviews

  • M. Sarki
    2019-05-15 20:30

    Pretty much a complete bore and a book a person with absolutely nothing better to do with one's life would read. That person is not I. A disappointing read that never got me out of the ditch. And if the book did get better later on perhaps old Stanley should have started there.

  • Laura Pritchett
    2019-05-02 23:23

    Loved this book -- and I am also loving his newest novel, just out, called VILLAGE, about a small community in northern New Mexico (reminds me of Winesburg, Ohio - where you get to know the town by all the alternating points of view). Stanley Crawford is a brilliant writer - love all this books. Real people, real grit of life, and funny too.

  • Japhet Els
    2019-05-14 03:16

    Crawford writes with concern about the potential effect of new water laws on a close-knit Hispanic community currently operating their irrigation ditch (or acequia) under traditional Spanish laws. Fed only by melting snow, the Acequia de la Jara is of central importance to the landowners in this hilly area of sparse rainfall, for their crops depend on it. Overseeing maintenance and fair usage of the ditch is thus crucial, and following a centuries-old custom Crawford was elected mayordomo to oversee its welfare. A lucid, finely detailed account of a way of life in Western America that may be coming to an end

  • Justin
    2019-04-25 23:08

    Much to like about this book. Crawford provides an insider's look at the culture and politics of acequia farming in northern New Mexico. This "year in the life of" account is informative, insightful and, buttressed by strong writing, a treat to read, though there were moments, late in the book, when the dryness of the subject matter led to brief stints of boredom.

  • Anita
    2019-05-18 04:36

    Poetry in the telling of mundane life in northern NM. If you're interested in the culture and people that hasn't really changed in many, many years then find a quiet moment to read this. Don't expect action or much movement. This is just a visual slice of life on a farm and its people.

  • Stephen Haynes
    2019-05-11 21:24

    Lovely little book that dives deep into a very narrow subject. I love the history of acequias wound in with the day to day life of keeping the water flowing in a parched land.

  • Sally Schlehlein
    2019-04-27 20:07

    Interesting little read, I was fascinated with the ditch running and the history of the Asequias in New mexico.

  • Susan Eubank
    2019-04-30 00:37

    Here are the questions we discussed at the Reading the Western Landscape Book Club at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. • How did the author’s writing style affect your reading of the book?• What was the most astonishing fact you learned?• Give examples of how this rural environment significantly differs from our urban one? Are there beneficial aspects of that environment that could be adapted to urban areas?• Give an example of something interesting you learned from one of the various characters?• What was the most encouraging aspect of the book? The least?• Was there anything in this book that had you reflecting on your working style?• Was there anything in the book you really didn’t understand?• Do you have any tales to tell of water systems that you have interacted with?

  • Bob Finch
    2019-04-27 04:22

    Nice memoir of a gringo majordomo (ditch boss) in Taos, New Mexico.

  • SiriJodha
    2019-04-30 04:09

    frankly, I couldn't get into it. even tho I love that part of the country and the rural lifestyle, this book just couldn't hold my interest