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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
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Feb 16, 08

really liked it
Read in January, 2000

The thing old Ed Abbey never figured out is that modern society can't save wilderness without government intervention. But Abbey harbored anarchist views and seemed to hate both government and modernity.

Oh well. This book is full of great tales about South Eastern Utah. Reading this book, it's pretty obvious that Ed Abbey likes to portray himself as a womanizer and a man of many appetites. I attended a book signing for one of his biographer's and learned that many of Abbey's seemingly autobiographical statements were fictionalized, but I am not sure which ones are true and which one's are not.

My favorite part of this book is when Abbey picks up the rock and throws it at the rabbit. That was the greatest!
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Coalbanks Perversly the wild can only be protected by the tamed minions of urban culture, the Dept of Lands, of Forests, of Mining, of Agriculture, of Tourism, of Parks, otherwise the yahoos would destroy the wild while enjoying it to it's ruin, but the protectors might to some degree have to pave it to save it, no?

message 2: by Doug (last edited Feb 24, 2008 07:18PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Doug Excellent point. I think that is the great irony of modern wilderness protection. Wilderness sans modern humans is protected perfectly but goes un-enjoyed. With humans, it is either enjoyed or extracted to its own ruin unless some sort of "balance" is achieved. And that balance seems to involve the ironic tradeoffs mentioned.

Coalbanks Well what's the point of being able to write if you can't improve your part in the script, eh? Better in his books than in a bar with 1 too many drinks behind his belt. Good for him, with any luck he has returned at least once as a rabbit!

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