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Desert Solitaire

A Season in the Wilderness

Abbey, Edward

(Book - 1990)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Desert Solitaire
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When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. This is a rare view of a quest to experience nature in its purest form -- the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty. But this is also the gripping, anguished cry of a man of character who challenges the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil and mining interests, as well as by the tourist industry. Abbey's observations and challenges remain as relevant now as the day he wrote them. Today, Desert Solitaire asks if any of our incalculable natural treasures can be saved before the bulldozers strike again.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1990
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9780671695880
0671695886
Branch Call Number: 818.5 A124d 1990
Characteristics: xiv, 269 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm

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Abbey's classic ode to the wilderness of the Red Rock Country and the now inundated Glen Canyon.


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Ever wanted to live three hot summer months in the desert of Arches National Monument or look for a legendary moon eyed horse that escaped a decade ago. Did they dam Glen Canyon before you could raft down the glittering Colorado River? Join Edward Abbey, an early Park Ranger for Arches in the 60’s as he takes you through his 3 months of adventures in cow country, teaches you a few things about desert wildlife, and sparks a deep love for this beautifully dry and often overlooked area of the U.S.
- Jaqueline Woolcott, AskNYPL

Oct 05, 2012
  • Erin_C_Carr rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Abbey is a little crazy, and a bit extreme in his ideas, but hell he's amazing, funny and smart. Moab has always had a special and large place in my heart and this book has a place right next to it. The ideas Abbey expresses in Desert Solitare are still relevant, now more then ever if you ask me. He makes his points in a lovely story of his summer working in Arches National Park (which anyone could be envious of). READ THIS BOOK! It will change your life.

Apr 12, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've been a lifelong reader and this book is my number one favorite. I grew up in Az and Utah and this book just...its just awesome. I read it over and over again. Love it.

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