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  • Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (U)

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (U)

Author: Abbey, Edward
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"Rough, tough, combative . . . a passionately felt, deeply poetic book."--Edwin Way Teale, The New York Times Book Review

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"This is not primarily a book about the desert," writes Edward Abbey in his introduction. "In recording my impressions of the natural scene I have striven above all for accuracy, since I believe that there is a kind of poetry, even a kind of truth, in simple fact. But the desert is a vast world, an oceanic world, as deep in its way and complex and various as the sea. Language makes a mighty loose net with which to go fishing for simple facts, when facts are infinite. If a man knew enough he could write a whole book about the juniper tree. Not juniper trees in general but that one particular juniper tree which grows from a ledge of naked sandstone near the old entrance to Arches National Monument. What I have tried to do then is something a bit different. Since you cannot get the desert into a book any more than a fisherman can haul up the sea with his nets, I have tried to create a world of words in which the desert figures more as medium than as material. Not imitation but evocation has been the goal."

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