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Blue Ride Paperback – June 1, 1998
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About the Author
Ken Wilkerson traces his ancestry to the Scottish Highlands, but lives in the California desert, where he has devoted a significant portion of his life to roaming the backroads and forgotten trails. He has researched the desert tribes and Early Man period, walked the Chemehuevi Salt Song trail and camped in old village sites from the Mexican border to the Upper Mojave. Working over the years in cities as diverse as Borrego Springs, Twentynine Palms, Yuma, Los Angeles, El Centro, Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, he has collected enough stories and characters to fill many a volume. The people, places and events described in BLUE RIDE are all drawn in one way or another from his real-life experiences.
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The book is written in mostly short chapters. They allow one to read quickly, and ponder in repose. The characters both blur together in their lives under the hot, desert sun, and are VERY distinct in their views, their friends, their troubles. Most importantly, they do not take away from the overwhelming setting: the beautiful desert that provides background for the characters and often comes into the foreground unexpectedly.
If you love writing that takes "one day at a time," if you love the desert and its demands and rewards for its reverent, and thoroughly irreverent, occupants, then this is the book for you.