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message 1: by Otis (new)

Otis Chandler How did you find this? I think I read it in high school...

message 2: by Ken-ichi (new)

Ken-ichi It was recommended to me by a coworker a while back, who was pretty Abbey-esque himself, and there was an excerpt in that anthology of American environmental writing I just finished. It's also kind of a classic. I think I may have actually bought it in the Cottonwood Springs visitor's center in Joshua Tree, which was a bit weird.

message 3: by Ms.pegasus (new)

Ms.pegasus Absolutely fantastic review. I, too, loved the passage you quote about nature's indifference. I read it on the Kindle and highlighted it. Thank you for a really enjoyable and perceptive review.

message 4: by Ken-ichi (new)

Ken-ichi Thanks for the kinds words! Definitely an interesting book.

message 5: by Ms.pegasus (new)


By the way, follow this link. The very last lines in the story are the ones references by the quote by Balzac. it's a short story called: A Passion in the Desert

message 6: by Ken-ichi (new)

Ken-ichi Merci! Apparently the original reads, "c'est Dieu sans les hommes," which is disappointingly less poetic to me than "God is there and man is not."

message 7: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Great review! He sounds an extraordinary man....

message 8: by Charlie (new)

Charlie the naturalist's Id... so true

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