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“The Thoreau of the American West.” (Larry McMurtry)
“Abbey is a fresh breath from the farther reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier.” (Houston Chronicle)
“Abbey writes with fierce eloquence of landscape and city, of stunted souls and drunken despair. He can be funny and poignant at once” (Publishers Weekly)
“We are living… among punishments and ruins. For those that know this, Edward Abbey’s books remain an indispensable solace.” (Wendell Berry)
Jack Burnes is a loner at odds with modern civilization. A man out of time, he rides a feisty chestnut mare across the New West -- a once beautiful land smothered beneanth airstrips and superhighways. And he lives by a personal code of ethics that sets him on a collision course with the keepers of law and order. Now he has stepped over the line by breaking one too many of society's rulus. The hounds of justice are hot in his trail. But Burnes would rather die than spend even a single night behind bars. And they have to catch him first.See all Product Description
Edward Abbey's first published novel is a modern-day western set in New Mexico. Its hero, Jack Burns, is a man unable to come to terms with an increasingly civilized west, who... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2001
I liked Edward Abbey long before I read his work as I saw the movie adaptation of this book "Lonely Are The Brave" back in the Sixties. Read morePublished on June 23 2001 by George G. Kiefer
This is one of Abbey's first books and will seem to be crudely written if you have read him before. For me it was interesting to see how far he came in his writing style. Read morePublished on March 13 2001 by Houston Gray
The philisophic dichotomies Abbey establishes with Bondi and Burns shows the two sides of a consciousness (cuate). Read morePublished on Sept. 26 1999
For those who weren't lucky to have read Abbey chronologically, I'm afraid there are layers that you have missed. (The cowboy for instance. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 1999
I am a great fan of Abbey. But after reading several of his books, I am almost convinced that he was a far better essayist than a novelist. Read morePublished on July 25 1999
After reading "The Monkey Wrench Gang" and his opus "A Fool's Progress", I was let down by this particular Abbey effort. Read morePublished on Dec 1 1998 by :)