- Paperback: 303 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Nature; First Edition edition (1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345326490
- ISBN-13: 978-0345326492
- ASIN: B001B4TP0U
- Package Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 612 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,938,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Desert Solitaire - A Season in the Wilderness - a Celebration of the Beauty of Living in a Harsh and Hostile Land Paperback – 1971
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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 uses this book as a platform not only to make observations about the geography, fauna and flora of Utah, but as a place to vent his spleen at the destruction of the natural world, and the dehumanizing nature of our society. The book is also filled with humor, pathos, and great sensitivity. His prose is elastic, conversational at some points, poetic and profound at others.
Desert Solitaire is a master piece of non-fiction. Abbey moves from topic to topic with ease. Each piece stands alone, but they are interconnected. In a relatively short amount of space, he writes strongly and convincingly about a host of topics. For this skill, we can forgive him his obvious misanthropy. He hates everyone.