The Journey Home: Some Words in the Defense of the American West

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Penguin Publishing Group, Jan 30, 1991 - Travel - 256 pages
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The Journey Home ranges from the surreal cityscapes of Hoboken and Manhattan to the solitary splendor of the deserts and mountains of the Southwest. It is alive with ranchers, dam builders, kissing bugs, and mountain lions. In a voice edged with chagrin, Edward Abbey offers a portrait of the American West that we’ll not soon forget, offering us the observations of a man who left the urban world behind to think about the natural world and the myths buried therein.
 
Abbey, our foremost “ecological philosopher,” has a voice like no other. He can be wildly funny, ferociously acerbic, and unexpectedly moving as he ardently champions our natural wilderness and castigates those who would ravish it for the perverse pleasure of profit.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This collection of Abbey essays has not aged as well as Desert Solitaire, but still contains some wonderful writing about nature and about the American west, all of it from the mountains to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

A great collection of Edward Abbey's essays on a wide range of environmental topics. I particularly enjoyed his personal reminisces, with the highlight being a hilarious trip to Big Bend with a soon ... Read full review

Contents

Hallelujah on the Bum
1
The Great American Desert
12
Disorder and Early Sorrow
23
Copyright

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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 this country’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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