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Desert Solitaire Paperback – January 15, 1990
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I am a huge annotator of books, and love to highlight and mark comments next to passages in all my books that I want to return to. The whole book is like that for me. Every sentence shows the rare, sublime mystery of shadows, lights, passing moments of a living and breathing planet that accepts and watches all who travel through, inviting them to delve into the secrets and profound truths that only the wilderness can teach us. Now more than ever, we need to remember why America is so unutterably fragile, beautiful and worth protecting.
Abbey's description of tourists who view Arches from their cars is classic and if you only read one chapter of this thought provoking work, this chapter is a must. Walden has been my favorite book for more than 40 years. This book now holds a close second place.
If you appreciate nature and free thinkers ( and frankly, if you don't, you need this book even more) you will cherish the time you spend in Abbey's company. Then you'll want to head for Utah.