Under the Devil's Thumb

Under the Devil's Thumb

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by David Gessner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816519242

ISBN-13: 9780816519248

Pub. Date: 02/01/1999

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

David Gessner first moved to Colorado in the wake of a bout with cancer. In Under the Devil's Thumb, this young New Englander takes readers on a joyous quest to discover the mysteries of the western landscape and the landscape of the soul as well. In the West Gessner began to rewrite his life. Under the Devil's Thumb is a story of rugged

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David Gessner first moved to Colorado in the wake of a bout with cancer. In Under the Devil's Thumb, this young New Englander takes readers on a joyous quest to discover the mysteries of the western landscape and the landscape of the soul as well. In the West Gessner began to rewrite his life. Under the Devil's Thumb is a story of rugged determination and sweat, as well as humor, adventure and hope. In and around his new hometown of Boulder, Colorado, Gessner hiked hard and ran alongside flooded creeks. He found that the West was a place of stories—stories that grow out of the ground, flow out of the dirt, work their way through one's limbs, and drive people to push their physical limits. Hiking up scree slopes toward the Devil's Thumb, a massive outcrop of orange rock that attracts climbers, hikers, and contemplaters, Gessner reflects on the illness he has so recently survived. He pushes his physical limits, hoping to outrun death, to outrun dread. He finds momentary transcendence in the joys and self-inflicted pain of mountain biking. "Nothing but the hardest ride has the power to flush out worry, mind clutter, and dread." In tranquil moments he seeks a chance to recover an animal self that is strong and powerful enough to conquer mountains, but also still and quiet enough to see things human beings ignore. In the mountain West, Gessner finds what Wallace Stegner called "the geography of hope." He finds within himself an interior landscape that is healthy and strong. Combining memoir, nature writing, and travel writing, Under the Devil's Thumb is one man's journey deep into a place of healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816519248
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Under the Devil's Thumb 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent collection of short essays by David Gessner. If you are new to or love the southwestern United States, you need to read this book. Gessner writes with a paintbrush - vivid pictures of what makes the southwest so special. It is a book I will keep, to read again.