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The Best of Edward Abbey (Edward Abbey series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Abbey
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Here is the only collection of writings compiled by Abbey himself, who writes in his own words, "to present what I think is both the best and most representative of my writing--so far." Included in this collection are generous selections of his best novels, such as The Brave Cowboy, Black Sun, and his classic The Monkey Wrench Gang, as well as many of his other, more expressive and acerbic essays.

To add further interest, Abbey's own sketches are scattered throughout the text. This rich offering of fiction and prose is a testament to a singular American author, and offers an opportunity to become better acquainted with his abundant body of work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927. In 1944, at the age of 17, Abbey set out to explore the American Southwest, bumming around the country by hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. It was during this time that Abbey developed a love of the desert, which would shape his life and his art for the next forty years. After a brief stint in the military, Abbey completed his education at the University of New Mexico and later, at the University of Edinburgh. He took employment as a park ranger and fire lookout at several different National Parks throughout his life, experiences from which he drew for his many books. Abbey died at his home in Oracle, Arizona in 1989.


Editorial Reviews

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"In his own inimitable fashion, Abbey prevails among the scant handful of our best and brightest fresh-air scribes."--"Chicago Sun-Times

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"The original fly in the ointment."--Thomas McGuane

"He had about him an authenticity that springs from the page and is beloved by a rising generation of readers."--Edward Hoagland

Product Details

  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 458 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (August 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IHMPQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Protrayal June 2, 2000
Format:Paperback
An outstanding portrayal of what it means to be on foot in the middle of the harsh desert wilderness. Of the balance between beauty and the harsh reality of an environment where every animal (from stealthy mountain lions to invisible bugs) every plant (from majestic saguaros to innocent weeds) and even the land itself (from river-bottom quick sand to valley fever lurking in the dust) is at any moment ready to strike, sting, bite, scratch, poke, infect or crumble away beneath your feet without warning.
Humbling. Awe-inspiring. Solid environmental consciousness hard to argue against. And written in a voice that recollects Hunter S. Thompson in its appreciation of the beauty in the weirdness of it all. Having grown up in Arizona, and exploring these same lands, Abbey accurately represents what it feels like to be there. And pithy profundities abound for the deeper meaning of it all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great sampling, but not much more than that. October 26, 2007
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If you're a fan of Edward Abbey, it wouldn't hurt to check out this book but you may as well just get the books that it takes samples from: Jonathan Troy, The Brave Cowboy, Fire on the Mountain, Desert Solitaire, Appalachian Wilderness, Black Sun, The Monkey Wrench Gang, The Journey Home, Abbey's Road, Good News, Down the River, Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside, The Fool's Progress: An Honest Novel, Hayduke Lives!, Earth Apples: The Poetry of Edward Abbey, and Confessions of a Barbarian. Many of the samplings seem out of place when they are taken out of the context of their stories, but there are others that were written to be read individually such as the chapters from Desert Solitaire. Plenty of great writing, but I can't really recommend this book to anyone who either isn't an obsessed fan or someone who just wants a condensed way to see if Edward Abbey is an author who they might want to read more of. I think that if you are one of the latter, you would do better to pick up a copy of Desert Solitaire or the Monkey Wrench Gang instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Edward Abbey February 7, 2009
Format:Paperback
If you have been pondering whether you should read Ed Abbey or not, than this is the book for you. Abbey is an author who had been in the back of my mind for years, but I had never made the effort to read any of his works. I recieved this book as a gift and let it sit on the shelf for about two years.

I waited too long. What a great read. Bits and pieces of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and personel thoughts, the Best of is a book that was put together by Abbey himself of snipets he thought any general reader could enjoy. His writing style, his topics, and his genuine enjoyment of what he does makes this a fine read. I went out and bought a number of his books upon finishing this book and have been very pleased with The Monkeywrench Gang, Hayduke Lives, Fire on the Mountain, The Fool's Progress, Down the River, etc. etc.

Anyone who treasures our outdoors, our rivers, our mountains, and a sarcastic take on the system should pick this book up. I'm looking forward to plenty more Edward Abbey. If you have been waiting to get into Abbey, I highly reccomend it and this book is a great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abbey compendium August 15, 2013
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Exactly what I hoped for. Excellent read. Good starter book for those curious about this writer and his published wotks
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Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania, in 1927. He was educated at the University of New Mexico and the University of Edinburgh. He died at his home in Oracle, Arizona, in 1989.

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