When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road, and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. This is a rare view of a quest to experience nature in its purest form-the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty. But this is also the gripping, anguished cry of a man of character who challenges the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil and mining interests, as well as by the tourist industry.Abbey's observations and challenges remain as relevant now as the day he wrote them. Today, Desert Solitaire asks if any of our incalculable natural treasures can be saved before the bulldozers strike again.
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by Edward Abbey
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by Edward Bloor
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by Edward Enfield
by Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
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by Edward G. Lengel
by Edward O. Wilson
"Michael Kramer delivers an outstanding narration of Edward Abbey's classic account of his time as a park ranger in the desert of Utah. He tells tall tales, relates desert lore and history, and spends many hours meditating on nature and the offenses of modern American culture. This book was originally published in 1968, yet most of his complaints are still timely. Alternating between the social and the solitary, Abbey's memoir is engaging, humorous, and fascinating. His wit is as arid as the desert he loves, and Kramer emulates him perfectly, using a raspy drawl and such perfect timing and tone that he has us convinced it's Abbey himself speaking. K.O. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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