DESERT SOLITAIRE is the story of the author's experiences during three seasons as ranger in charge of the Arches National Monument, a 33,000 acre preserve in Utah's high desert. Like Thoreau before him, Abbey reflects on the happiness a man can find within himself, particularly when alone in the... show more
DESERT SOLITAIRE is the story of the author's experiences during three seasons as ranger in charge of the Arches National Monument, a 33,000 acre preserve in Utah's high desert. Like Thoreau before him, Abbey reflects on the happiness a man can find within himself, particularly when alone in the wild. Unlike WALDEN, Abbey's book is concerned with wilderness preservation, and he goes after the spoilers with energy.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: March 12th 1982
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 303
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
First: Edward Abbey is undeniably an egotistical, hypocritical ass. If I met him I don't know whether I would punch him in the face or shake his hand or both (yes, I know he's dead and this is all theoretical). That said...Desert Solitaire is a lovely book. There are descriptions of the desert and...
Desert Solitaire seemed the right book to take along on a trip to the southwest in September 2009Abbey writes of the beauty of the southwest. As a ranger at Arches National Park he had a close relationship with some of our country’s most exquisite scenery. In the 18 essays that make up the book, he ...
I found this book on my father's shelf right before taking our trip out to Utah. I picked it up thinking it was a western and just intended to see what was interesting enough about it that my dad had a copy. Then I found out that it was about an area of Utah that overlapped with where we were abou...
First read: Desert Solitaire is one of those books that I've seen a million times---on other people's bookshelves, at gift shops in national parks, at library sales---but that I've never gotten around to buying or reading. When it arrived in an a...
Any discussion of the great Southwest regional writer Edward Abbey invariably turns to the fact that he was a pompous self-centered hypocritical womanizer. And those were his good qualities (just kidding, Michelle). He advocated birth control and railed against immigrants having children yet fathere...