By: Edward Abbey (Author)
269 pages, b/w illustrations
A classic of American literature, a cult book on its publication in 1968, this is the poetic tale of three years as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. But much more than this, it is the quest to experience nature in its purest form – the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty – in the face of the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil, mining, and tourist interests. But, as Abbey warns us in his introduction, "Do not jump into your automobile next June and rush out to the canyon country hoping to see some of that which I have attempted to evoke in these pages....most of what I write about in Desert Solitaire is already gone or going under fast. This is not a travel guide but an elegy. A memorial. You're holding a tombstone in your hands. A bloody rock. Don't drop it on your foot – throw it at something big and glassy. What do you have to lose?"
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