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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
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Mar 21, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: environment, nonfiction
Read in September, 2004

This book is wonderful, amazing, and has absolutely no story line. It's an amorphous, stream-of-consciousness-like series of vignettes into Abbey's mind and world (as seen by that mind) while he was Rangering in Arches National Park in the 60's(?). I've guiltily thought and felt Abbey's rabid misanthropy for many years, and was pleased that he made it sound natural and reasonable. The book also had the amazing affect of making me happy and sad at the same time. I spent many weekends throughout my childhood in the country he talks about, and it's gone (as I knew it) forever. That poingnant longing (particularly for the smell) of the desert felt almost unbearable at times. It makes me want to go back there more than I can say, before more of it slips away from me. I think that is the most important underlying message of the book. "Don't give up the wild places." Or perhaps it's, "Don't give up on the wild places."
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