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Legends of the American Desert: Sojourns in the Greater Southwest

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
For his brilliant reportage ranging from the forested recesses of the Amazon to the manicured lawns of Westchester County, New York, Alex Shoumatoff has won acclaim as one of our most perceptive guides to the oddest corners of the earth. Now, with this book, he takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey into the most complex and myth-laden region of the American landscape and ima ...more
Hardcover, 533 pages
Published September 8th 1997 by Knopf
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Graziano
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verona-library
La seconda parte del titolo originale (... Sojourns in the Greater Southwest) rende molto di piu’ l’idea di cio’ che tratta questo libro; mentre la prima parte (Legends of the American Deserts), utilizzata anche nella traduzione italiana, puo’ attrarre il lettore, ma non completa i temi trattati da Shoumatoff.

Alcuni brani:

A quel punto avevo viaggiato cosi’ tanto che nulla mi sembrava esotico. Avevo capito che nessun modello sociale e’ privo di aspetti venali. Potremmo dire che avevo incontrato l
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Mark Oldham
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book is a little too all over the place for my taste. It seems like the suthor was cleaning out his files after reporting on the Southwest for decades and decided to throw it all into one book. Parts of it were very interesting but the randomness of it really threw me.
Fabio Cazzulani
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solo un po' lunghino.
Paul
May 27, 2009 added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I gave up on it. It was half history of Southwest, half author's personal experiences. The history part was interesting, the other part, not so much.
Chris Still
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm re-reading this...it's a really great read for anyone interested in the Southwest
Robin Eseny
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Interesting take by a Russian immigrant on Walk-About in the Southwest.
Gina
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: could-not-finish
Rambling! Individual chapters are interesting, but I couldn't stay with it due to an utter lack of through-story.
Cheryl Schibley
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: American Desert interests
This book is about the natural history and legends of the southwest. From the extinct Hohokam people to the lastest on the politics of water. Very good book.
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