Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey

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    Profile photo of Bridger Putnam Bridger Putnam 
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    This book makes me want to pack up and head for Moab. Maybe Joshua Tree. Perhaps a spring break destination?

    Anyways, I am just starting reading this book. It has a 4.2 rating on Goodreads and this site says that it should take me about 8 hours to read (I’m a slow reader when I want to take it all in).

    “Hailed by The New York Times as a passionately felt, deeply poetic book, the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness.

    Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body. However Desert Solitaire is not just a collection of one man s stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbey s reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel. Often compared to Thoreau s Walden, Desert Solitaire is a powerful discussion of life s mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness.”

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    Profile photo of Bridger Putnam Bridger Putnam 
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    Here are some quotes from my reading so far:

    “Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”

    “The time passed extremely slowly, as time should pass, with the days lingering and long, spacious and free as the summers of childhood.”

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