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The author of "Blue Desert" meditates upon the emotional, spiritual, and political shambles of the late 1960s and early 1970s and upon the strength of the land, particularly the desert Southwest, and its ability to prevail despite modern efforts to exploit it
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Bowden takes himself too seriously: "The sixties is a crucible . . . we are the song of the electric guitar." If you were thereyoung and footloose and vaguely radical in the 1960s and early '70sthis lyrical but flat account of his wanderings may strike a chord. Bowden, who wrote Blue Desert and edits Tucson's City Magazine , tends to dramatize himself here in a way that Charles Bukowski might get away with, but which only makes him sound like a jaded ex-hippie. A fugitive not certain of what he's fleeing, Bowden backpacks in the Southwestern desert, the Wisconsin woods, the Berkshires in Massachusetts. The obligatory period references are hereantiwar protests, drugs, the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man"but they are an empty assemblage of signposts. When Bowden contrasts Midwestern farm communities of his boyhood with the Sunbelt's "instant cities" exuding raw, ugly energy, he rises to pop sociology.
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Book Description University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First edition. SIGNED.152pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] Full blue cloth. Signed by author on the title page. The author's fifth book continues his relentless examination of life in these United States in the twilight years of the 20th century. Bowden is the most fearless writer working in America today. Seller Inventory # 2180
Book Description University of Arizona Press, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110816510733
Book Description Univ of Arizona Pr, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: New. First Edition. Seller Inventory # DADAX0816510733