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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.
The New Yorker An American Masterpiece. A Forceful Encounter with a Man of Character and Courage.
The New York Times Book Review Like a ride on a bucking bronco...rough, tough, combative. The author is a rebel and an eloquent loner. His is a passionately felt, deeply poetic book...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty.
very disappointing! There was one good thought in the whole book. I was looking for some insight into why I feel I have an affinity with deserts, there was none. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Campbell Riverite
Book a bit more damaged than described (front page half torn), but beside that, in very good shape.
Superb book, a must read!
One a the great books,the discretion of the desert,flora,fauna,the loneliness and the happiness of finding yourself with thought, how important it is to preserve, keeping intact... Read morePublished on June 1 2013 by andre labbee
Read this book again (after many years...30?). Wanted to re-kindle the old spark of love for the wild and untamable after too much time given to "Ratus Urbanus". Read morePublished on April 17 2013 by GJP
I bought this book purely on the 4.5 star average rating without any real knowledge of its subject or author. I was absolutely blown away by it's narrative. Read morePublished on June 7 2012 by RJ
Edward Abbey's collection of essays about his work at the then Arches National Monument(which he calls National Moneymint to mock the villains who wish to pave over everything). Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Peter LaPrade