Desert Solitaire

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Simon and Schuster, 1968 - Biography & Autobiography - 269 pages
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Hailed by The New York Times as “a passionately felt, deeply poetic book,” the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness.

Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body. However Desert Solitaire is not just a collection of one man’s stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbey’s reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel. Often compared to Thoreau’s Walden, Desert Solitaire is a powerful discussion of life’s mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness.
 

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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
15
Cliffrose and Bayonets
22
Industrial Tourism
39
Rocks
60
Cowboys and Indians
82
Part II
95
The MoonEyed Horse
137
Down the River
151
Havasu
196
The Dead Man at Grandview Point
206
Tukuhnikivats
212
Episodes and Visions
232
Bedrock and Paradox
264
Copyright

Water
112

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About the author (1968)

Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania, in 1927. He was educated at the University of New Mexico and the University of Edinburgh. He died at his home in Oracle, Arizona, in 1989.

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