"A passionately felt, deeply poetic book. It has philosophy. It has humor. It has its share of nerve-tingling adventures...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOKREVIEW
Edward Abbey lived for three seasons in the desert at Moab, Utah, and what he discovered about the land before him, the world around him, and the heart that beat within, is a fascinating, sometimes raucous, always personal account of a place that has already disappeared, but is worth remembering and living through again and again.
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DESERT SOLITAIRE is the story of the author's experiences during three seasons as ranger in charge of the Arches National Monument, a 33,000 acre preserve in Utah's high desert.
Like Thoreau before him, Abbey reflects on the happiness a man can find within himself, particularly when alone in the wild. Unlike WALDEN, Abbey's book is concerned with wilderness preservation, and he goes after the spoilers with energy.Review:
Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, the noted author's most enduring nonfiction work, is an account of Abbey's seasons as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah. Abbey reflects on the nature of the Colorado Plateau desert, on the condition of our remaining wilderness, and on the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world. He also recounts adventures with scorpions and snakes, obstinate tourists and entrenched bureaucrats, and, most powerful of all, with his own mortality. Abbey's account of getting stranded in a rock pool down a side branch of the Grand Canyon is at once hilarious and terrifying.
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Book Description Touchstone, 1970. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0671207164
Book Description Touchstone, 1970. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110671207164
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