Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

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McGraw-Hill, 1968 - Fiction - 269 pages
17 Reviews
"A passionately felt, deeply poetic book. It has philosophy. It has humor. It has its share of nerve-tingling adventures...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty."
Edward Abbey lived for three seasons in the desert at Moab, Utah, and what he discovered about the land before him, the world around him, and the heart that beat within, is a fascinating, sometimes raucous, always personal account of a place that has already disappeared, but is worth remembering and living through again and again.

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User Review  - Christian Madsen - Goodreads

I first heard about Edward Abbey while reading an article on the now drowned Glen Canyon. I skimmed over a few of the pages in his book, and his writing conjured up such vivid mental images of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eugene Miya - Goodreads

This was assigned reading in the classes of Rod Nash (Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind). Abbey combined seasonal Park work (a job back then which had fewer people applying for it (Abbey ... Read full review

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About the author (1968)

Edward Abbey, a self-proclaimed "agrarian anarchist," was hailed as the "Thoreau of the American West." Known nationally as a champion of the individual and one of America's foremost defenders of the natural environment, he was the author of twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Desert Solitaire, The Monkey Wrench Gang, and The Journey Home. In 1989, at the age of sixty-two, Edward Abbey died in Oracle, Arizona.

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