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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
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Jan 13, 2013

it was amazing

This is a beautiful, mad, instructive, provocative, fascinating book. It is subtitled "A Season in the Wilderness". While it does concern itself with said season, as Abbey tells us in the introduction: "This is not primarily a book about the desert." That is wonderfully true, as the book is about so very much more. It is something of a text as to how human life should be lived on this planet where the human species is not necessarily needed. From the desert, the author as anchorite/prophet provides an eloquent, simply elaborate discourse on what it means to be granted the privilege of a stay on this Earth.
I believe that the closest Abbey comes to any type of summation is in the chapter "Cowboys and Indians", where he writes about the death-haunted Roy Scobie. On seeing that Scobie has once again "...looked away and into the emptiness..." Abbey says: "Stop that, I wanted to tell him. Stop that thinking....I wanted to...tell him the truth about everything, the entire wild beautiful utterly useless truth. But I didn't." I am very glad Abbey told us the truth in this fine book.
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message 1: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan I love your review! We'll definitely have to discuss.


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