Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside

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Henry Holt and Company, Apr 15, 1984 - Nature - 224 pages
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In this wise and lyrical book about landscapes of the desert and the mind, Edward Abbey guides us beyond the wall of the city and asphalt belting of superhighways to special pockets of wilderness that stretch from the interior of Alaska to the dry lands of Mexico.


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User Review  - mkboylan - LibraryThing

8. [Fire on the Mountain] by [[EdwardAbbey]] I am on vacation (from retirement!) in the Arizona desert currently, where I always manage to read Abbey. He is one of my favorite authors, but I didn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

The copy I read was purchased in Moab and is the first edition, ex-Moab Public Library copy, of the book. Was fun to read a book that had been read previously by hundreds. Simple read, but it seems to me that the movie Cat Ballou may have been based on this book, at least in part. Read full review

Selected pages


A Walk in the Desert Hills
How It Was
Days and Nights in Old Pariah
Desert Images
The Damnation of a Canyon
A Colorado River Journal
On the High Edge of Texas
Down to the Sea of Cortez
The Ancient Dust
Gather at the River

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About the author (1984)

The author of Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang is unchallenged among radicals of all ages. Edward Abbey, an American icon, called "the original fly in the ointment" by Tom McGuane, today has roads and a town named after him.

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