Desierto: Memories of the Future

Desierto: Memories of the Future

by Charles Bowden
     
 

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Charles Bowden has refined a way of writing about nature, and a man in and against nature, that is as compelling and individual as it is free of conventional pieties. Desierto brings his method to a new pitch of mournful lyricism and visionary power. See more details below

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Charles Bowden has refined a way of writing about nature, and a man in and against nature, that is as compelling and individual as it is free of conventional pieties. Desierto brings his method to a new pitch of mournful lyricism and visionary power.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here Bowden ( Blue Desert ) probes the spiritual decadence of those arid lands that knife into Mexico from southern Arizona, the desierto. For the author, this is home turf, and he knows it well. What he shows is a harsh land repeatedly exploited by a greedy white culture and now ruled by drug lords and land barons. He focuses on the victims living in fearful and impoverished Sonoran villages, shifting his gaze at times to the exploiters, like Phoenix developer Charles Keating and a Tucson drug trafficker identified only as Mr. Tombstone. (Bowden's fascination with predators also informs his observations on another local kingpin, the mountain lion.) The pages brim with gore, lust and folly. Bowden sees the region as equally barren of imagination and topography, and forecasts a gloomy future in which the old problems will arise again and again. (June)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Bowden ( Red Line , LJ 10/15/89) writes about the U.S./Mexico border region of the Sonoran Desert, describing what life has become for many of its inhabitants. With insight and an eye for detail, he captures the simple beauty of this harsh landscape and transcends the traditional view of the desert as merely a place to survive or exploit. Although his narrative is sparse, vivid descriptions cover a variety of topics from the concerns of poor Hispanics and Native Americans to the opulent lifestyle of former Arizona S&L magnate Charles S. Keating. A friend of the late Edward Abbey, Bowden shares his love for the region and its peoples but seems better able to accept the changes wrought by modern society as inevitable if not always desirable. Ultimately, by humanizing the complicated problems facing the region he allows the reader to decide if these developments are acceptable or inherently evil. Recommended for academic, large public, and special libraries.-- Tim Markus, Evergreen State Coll., Olympia, Wash.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393310092
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.60(d)

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