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Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

Abbey, Edward

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ISBN 10: 0671695886 / ISBN 13: 9780671695880
Published by Touchstone / Simon and Schuster, Multiple Cities, 1990
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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A clean and bright copy. NO names, marks, highlighting. Small abrasion to front cover easily not noticed unless pointed out. Minor wear to corners. Bookseller Inventory # 024638

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Title: Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

Publisher: Touchstone / Simon and Schuster, Multiple Cities

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Trade Paperback

Illustrator: Peter Parnall

Book Condition:Very Good

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Hailed by The New York Times as “a passionately felt, deeply poetic book,” the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness.

Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body. However Desert Solitaire is not just a collection of one man’s stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbey’s reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel. Often compared to Thoreau’s Walden, Desert Solitaire is a powerful discussion of life’s mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness.

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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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