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Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Desert Solitaire A Season in the Wilderness
Author: Edward Abbey
A CELEBRATION OF THE BEAUTY OF LIVING IN A HARSH AND HOSTILE LAND — Edward Abbey lived for three seasons in the desert at Moab, Utah, and what he discovered about the land before him, the world around him, and the heart that beat within, is a fascinating, sometimes raucous, always personal account of a place that has already disappeared, but is w...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345326492
ISBN-10: 0345326490
Publication Date: 1/12/1985
Pages: 352
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4 stars, based on 87 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is not a "travel" book written in the same style as today's are. It is more a philosophical look at the world with a backdrop of late '60's Moab, Utah at a period when that area of the country was much less well known and accessible. Some of the material is interesting because it is very topical to that place and time while other of it is timeless.

The format of the book is not so much a holistic story but a collection of more or less independent chapters.

The author describes the timeless glory of even the most minute details of the natural world with such elegance and context that you will never think of the natural world in the same way again. It's not usually my style of book but it is so incredibly well written that it is enjoyable to read.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a wonderful book. Not something you have to, or even WANT to, read all at once. Edward Abbey has written a few books about the desert. This is about a season that he worked as a park ranger in Arches National Monument park in Utah. He worked there for 2 years, leaving, and years later returning for a third season. Beautifully written, he tells of the desert, the sky, the landscape, the wildlife, and yes, sometimes the tourists. And what he thinks of the park service. Abbey was a REAL person; he wrote what he felt. He is poetic, lyrical, funny and philosophical all at the same time. It took me a while to read this one and I usually read fast. I kept reading a chapter or 2 and putting it down for a while to absorb things.
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Helpful Score: 1
This incredible book actually helped to save my then 21 year old sister's life...she was lost in the deserts of Arizona for two days and one night, middle of July without shoes, water, anything. I had always revered Abbey, and after that incident, he has moved up to saint status in my opinion.
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Great essays that are perfect to finish an evening with.
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Enjoyed portions describing the nature of deserts but the book jumped around to include political views and lacked continuity
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Every time I opened this book I went to Utah without ever leaving my house. Abbey describes the west like no one else can.
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A classic.

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