Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Micro Mention "Desert Solitaire"

Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey was the Thoreau of his generation and somehow even more of a curmudgeon. Still, "Desert Solitaire" is one of those nature books that I deeply admire, and his prose about the wild places of the southwest sparkles even as it remains stark. He does with his words about the desert what many photos do of it, grabs your attention, and demands your focus. 

"Desert Solitaire" is just as much a book on philosophy as it is on nature. Abbey's worldview, much like his chosen preferred locale, is austere. Still, he holds to some old American values, even while not liking the government very much, while simultaneously working for that government as a ranger. So, he's a study in contradictions.

If you'd like to read my full review of this book, you can find it Here.

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