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The Telling Distance: Conversations with the American Desert
     

The Telling Distance: Conversations with the American Desert

by Bruce Berger
 

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Winner of the 1990 Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, The Telling Distance evokes the yearning expanses of our southwestern deserts and finds them full of sensuous marvels, erratic life forms, eccentric fellow travelers, dry humor, and surprise. In prose that revels in paradox, it reveals desert distances to be doubly telling: they

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Winner of the 1990 Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, The Telling Distance evokes the yearning expanses of our southwestern deserts and finds them full of sensuous marvels, erratic life forms, eccentric fellow travelers, dry humor, and surprise. In prose that revels in paradox, it reveals desert distances to be doubly telling: they both magnify our spirit and have incomparable tales to tell.

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"A contemplation of the beautiful and the belching, snorting, seething desert that sprawls across the American Southwest." —Los Angeles Times

"Berger shares a significant kinship with those early romantic individuals who, in looking into nature, found a greater sense of self and soul. . . . Here is the work not so much of a desert rat as a desert connoisseur." —Bloomsbury Review

"Berger takes his place with Annie Dillard and Barry Lopez." —Denver Post

"This volume belongs on the shelf with all great desert literature. Berger updates the traditional chronicle of the desert by admiring its vastness and mysteries while being acutely aware of its vulnerability. . . . Berger's prose is perfectly adapted to his thoughts as cacti are to the desert—readers will find quotables on every page." —Booklist

Library Journal
Many of these essays have appeared in various publications, not all of them nature-oriented, and are thus quite diverse. The introduction, even if one accepts the description of deserts as emptiness, is too obscure to tempt the reader. The essays themselves, however, combine to form an eccentric volume of philosophical musings and observations about the desert, camping, and living. The overall effect leaves one rather bemused and wondering what it was all about. Given that the manuscript for this book won the 1990 Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, however, there may be some demand for it.-- Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816516773
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Berger is also the author of There Was a River and Almost an Island. In addition to writing, he has also played the piano professionally both in this country and in Spain.

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