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Desert Solitaire

A Season in the Wilderness
Abbey, Edward (Book - 1990 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989
Title: Desert solitaire
a season in the wilderness
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1990
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
Characteristics: xiv, 269 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Edward Abbey ; drawings by Peter Parnall
Notes: "... Desert solitaire was first published in 1968"--P. [4] of cover
"A Touchstone book."
Contents: The first morning
Solitaire
The serpents of paradise
Cliffrose and bayonets
Polemic: industrial tourism and the national parks
Rocks
Cowboys and Indians
Cowboys and Indians, part II
Water
The heat of noon: rock and tree and cloud
The moon-eyed horse
Down the river
Havasu
The dead man at Grandview Point
Tukuhnikivats, the island in the desert
Episodes and vivions
Terra incognita: into the maze
Bedrock and paradox
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780671695880
0671695886
Branch Call Number: 818.5 A124d 1990
Subject Headings: Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989 Novelists, American 20th century Biography Environmentalists United States Biography Park rangers United States Biography Desert biology Utah Arches National Park Arches National Park (Utah)
Topical Term: Novelists, American
Environmentalists
Park rangers
Desert biology
LCCN: 89021764
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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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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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