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Cactus Thorn

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Set primarily in the lonesome southwest desert lands of the 1920s, this previously unpublished novella is a powerful story in which landscape reflects and defines character. In this beautifully written tale, a promising young politician, Grant Arliss, flees from his complicated and pressure-ridden life in New York City to the serenity of the desert's open spaces, finding a ...more
Paperback, 163 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by University of Nevada Press (first published December 31st 1988)
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This unfinished novella by everyone's favorite turn of the century eastern California feminist nature writer and indigenous advocate, Mary Austin, has all the makings of a great love story: catastrophic desert wind storms, whistling trains, progressive rhetoric and violence. The highlights are still the descriptions of desert landscapes, as in Land of Little Rain and The Basket Woman, but this one has a blatently feminist flare I appreciate.
I love the desert, so her evocative descriptions of the desert landscape resonated for me. Without them, I may have gone down a star.
The only reason I read this was for school and for the most part it sucked complete ass.
Short, but affecting. Great desert writing.
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Mary Hunter Austin was an American writer. One of the early nature writers of the American Southwest, her classic The Land of Little Rain (1903) describes the fauna, flora and people – as well as evoking the mysticism and spirituality – of the region between the High Sierras and the Mojave Desert of southern California.
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