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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
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Apr 25, 08

Recommended to Chaz by: a rock and ice climber -- just from a journey
Recommended for: Naturalists, ecologists...
Read in April, 2008

Abbey's 'Desert Solitaire" Is a deeply poetic book, ingrained with the philosophy of ragged individualism and environmental preservation. There's no doubt that Abbey is the Henry David Thoreau of the American West. I found his eloquent descriptions of the flora and fauna of Arches national Park in Utah to be both breathtaking and meditative. There is romance -- but it is the romance between man and nature. At times -- and Abbey states this as well his adventures and ruminations are contradictory.... but that is what makes his chapters human and tasty.

Throughout the book I could only envy his eloquent descriptions and fierce metaphors. He is a writer to be admired and I believe would have been more well-read (in high school or college) if it wasn't for his rebellious and antigovernment philosophies..... A great ecological patriot who stand besides Aldo Leopold, Thomas Perry, Thoreau and others. His writing remind you that when you're in a place you need taken a deep breath, feast on the scenery, get your nails dirty, bloody yourself up a little bit, taste the earth, get a sunburn, be-come part of your surroundings.
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