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Fire on the Mountain by Edward Abbey
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May 03, 2008

really liked it
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Read in April, 2008

as i believe white sands to be one of the most majestic places on earth, fire on the mountain resonated deeply. told from the perspective of a twelve year-old boy visiting his grandfather during a summer vacation, abbey excoriates the encroachment of the military onto civilian land (too, the intrusion of civilization upon as yet unspoiled terrain). in the novel (as in present day new mexico), there is a striking contrast between the incomparable serenity of white sands and the stark ferocity of the adjoining missile range. ed abbey's writing, like the landscape he cherished, is austere yet arresting.
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