Desert Solitaire

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University of Arizona Press, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 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."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOKREVIEW
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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Contents

The First Morning
1
Solitaire
8
The Serpents of Paradise
16
Cliff rose and Bayonets
23
Industrial Tourism
39
Rocks
56
Cowboys and Indians
74
Water
102
Into the Maze
219
Bedrock and Paradox
232
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About the author (1988)

Edward Abbey worked for sixteen years as a ranger with the National Park Service and National Forest Service, and is the author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, The Fool's Progress, and more than a dozen other books. He died in 1989.

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