Desert Solitaire [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey's most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man's quest to experience nature in its purest form.

Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our ...
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Desert Solitaire

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Overview

First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey's most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man's quest to experience nature in its purest form.

Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality. As the world continues its rapid development, Abbey's cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book was written.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927. In 1944, at the age of 17, Abbey set out to explore the American Southwest, bumming around the country by hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. It was during this time that Abbey developed a love of the desert, which would shape his life and his art for the next forty years. After a brief stint in the military, Abbey completed his education at the University of New Mexico and later, at the University of Edinburgh. He took employment as a park ranger and fire lookout at several different National Parks throughout his life, experiences from which he drew for his many books. Abbey died at his home in Oracle, Arizona in 1989.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013068049
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks
  • Publication date: 8/21/2011
  • Series: Edward Abbey Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 57,919
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927. In 1944, at the age of 17, Abbey set out to explore the American Southwest, bumming around the country by hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. It was during this time that Abbey developed a love of the desert, which would shape his life and his art for the next forty years. After a brief stint in the military, Abbey completed his education at the University of New Mexico and later, at the University of Edinburgh. He took employment as a park ranger and fire lookout at several different National Parks throughout his life, experiences from which he drew for his many books. Abbey died at his home in Oracle, Arizona in 1989.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    excellent

    Awesome perspective of a time on the cusp of all things changing for good. loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Orangepelt

    Find my old name and go to the first res.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    A must read!

    Fun and amazingly detailed story about how life is in the canyonlands of Utah! Ed writes so well you can picture the scenery and smell the juniper trees!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Cirrus

    She walked around and saw somthing glinting in the light. She looked at it and saw a time staff. She grabbed it and hid it.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Some great sections and description of the desert but bogs down in other sections and makes for a less than easy read.

    I got half way through and really lost interest. Might pick up and try to finish later. The writing is fantastic in some sections and early I though it was a great read. But in sections the book seems to go off on tangents that seem more interesting to the writer than to this reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Amzing book

    This is one to have in your library for reading over and over again.

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