[Pdf/E–book] Desert Solitaire

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Desert Solitaire Read & Download ã 109 First published in 1968 Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab Utah De. Desert Solitaire seemed the right book to take along on a trip to the southwest in September 2009 Abbey writes of the beauty of the southwest As a ranger at Arches National Park he had a close relationship with some of our country s most exuisite scenery In the 18 essays that make up the book he offers not only his appreciation for the sometimes harsh environment of Utah and Arizona but his notions on things political Those are not so compelling He tells tales of people he has known and in doing so enhances an image of his southwest as at once a beautiful and terrible place North Window in Arches National ParkHowever I have concluded with apologies to Ernest Thompson that Edward Abbey is an old poop It is one thing to have a deep and abiding appreciation for a place a thing an experience an environment but Abbey seems determined that only certain sorts should be allowed to share that joy And while he may wish for us as readers to appreciate what he appreciates he seems uninterested in allowing for other joys by other people While he offers detail and poetry about the desert and about untouched places he sneers at the urban at those he sees as lesser than himself As such he taps into some tried and true American themes such as the romantic myth of self sufficiency and our persistent national history of anti city bias Toss in some other dark impulses when he suggests that perhaps birth control for some poor people should be mandatory Add a dose of survivalist paranoia as he sees one strong reason to support National Parks to be preserving a staging area for rebel militias after big government comes after us all But don t forget a gift for language for description for story telling and a strong poetic sensibilityPark Avenue in Arches National ParkFor those of us who for whatever reasons may not be able to manage ten mile hikes or who cannot rappel down canyon walls to experience the full range of experience available at our national parks for those who may not have dedicated our existences to living as closely to the land as possible we also are Americans we also are people and it is possible to take joy in natural wonder without the benefit of Abbey s athleticism He clearly winces at the possibility of roads being built that allow the non hikers among us a chance to see at all up close or at least closer some of the parts of our parks that are currently inaccessible and he decries as abominations the possibility of mechanisms being constructed that provide an enhanced experience to those in wheelchairs as if that were somehow shameful Having just returned from several of the national parks mentioned in this book I can safely report that I saw much stunning beauty felt my appreciation of my country s natural wonders swell and believe that it is my entitlement as an American no less than 20 something backpackers to take joy in this common heritage My inability to manage a back country hike should not prevent me and others like me from sharing in our nation s natural wonders Surely there is a happy medium between the paving over of everything that Abbey fears and allowing reasonable access to our nation s natural treasures to those of us who are not outdoorsmenBalanced Rock at Arches National ParkBeyond my gripes about his notions concerning who should be allowed into our parks and other dark political impulses Abbey is a very gifted writer He has many stories to tell both about his personal experiences and about other characters he has encountered in his southwest existence His love of the land comes through like a cactus barb into an unshod foot You will get a feel for the lands he portrays the land he loves In addition he seasons his narrative with references to refined culture that one might find a bit surprising in a guy who presents as a mountain man I have not read Abbey s later writings so will keep an open mind on where he wound up regarding his politics I may not harbor particularly warm feelings for the guy overall but I do share his love of our national parks his visceral appreciation for natural beauty and appreciate his great skill as a writer Hold your nose over some of the darker parts of this book but it is a special read when he is not rantingThe shots in the review are mine from that tripYou might check out this wonderful article by Douglas Brinkley about Abbey and this book President Trump Please Read Desert Solitaire

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Desert Solitaire Read & Download ã 109 Le itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality As the world continues its rapid development Abbey’s cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book was written. I wanted to like this a lot than I was able to Abbey includes some beautifully poetic writing about the desert landscape at times and if that remained the central focus of the book it would be fantastic however the other focus of Desert Solitaire is Abbey himself and at least based on the way he presents himself here I just don t like Edward Abbey He s pompous both racist and sexist hypocritical and a rabbit murderer He s not the kind of company I want to keep

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Desert Solitaire Read & Download ã 109 Sert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s uest to experience nature in its purest formThrough prose that is by turns passionate and poetic Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconci. Anyone who thinks about nature will find things to love and despise about Desert Solitaire One moment he s waxing on about the beauty of the cliffrose or the injustice of Navajo disenfranchisement and the next he s throwing rocks at bunnies and recommending that all dogs be ground up for coyote food He says the personification of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself p 6 and then proceeds to personify every rock bird bush and mountain He s loving salty petulant awed enraptured cantankerous ponderous erudite bigoted and just way too inconsistent to figure out what he s really trying to sayWhich clearly is the wrong uestion all together This book is about the desert and it is about Abbey and I don t think judging either of them is a particularly fruitful line of inuiry Instead think of Abbey as the naturalist s Id the unfiltered conservationist urge and the desert as the distilled un human world where that beast rages and sleeps If you love nature and you re appreciating an amazing view you probably feel a very basic child like wonder And if you then see some idiot drive by and throw an empty bottle out of his Hummer I bet that at least for a moment there is an Abbey esue part of you that wishes the humans were dead Well most of the humans Except for the ones that you like And the ones that they like And you know the Hummer guy probably isn t all bad just ignorant But that first set of emotions that to me seems to be the human half of this book and in that sense Abbey does a wonderful job exploring a wide range of emotional personal reactions to the outdoors And in the end I think he provides so many contradictory personifications of the desert that they get all get stuck in the door Three Stooges style and you re left with fairly dehumanized sense of the desert itselfI ve never been to Utah myself so I put together this gallery of some of the scenes and things in the bookWords Notesdemesne n a feudal lord s land where the serfs labored p 5usufructuary n the holder of an usufruct which is the right to use or benefit from property that you do not own p 5Loveliness and exultation This line made me consider the possibility that my favorite nature writers tend to spend as much time describing discomfort and horror at the hands of nature as they do adulating it Abbey definitely gets at the former later in the book I wonder if part of the reason some people find this kind of writing boring is a surfeit of ecstasy most readers don t sharegelid adj icy cold p 16 Don t really care for ants He also apparently doesn t like tarantulas Sad p 26pismire n an ant apparently because formic acid smells like piss p 26There is no beauty in nature said Baudelaire Would love a citation p 36sinecure n an office without power or responsibility p 41To refute the solipsist or the metaphysical idealist all that you have to do is take him out and throw a rock at his head if he ducks he s a liar p 97Fear betrays the rabbit to the great horned owl Fear does the hard work making the owl s job easy After a lifetime of dread it is than likely that the rabbit yields to the owl during that last moment with a sense of gratitude as pleased to be eaten finally as the owl is to eat This is the kind of anthropomorphism I m talking about p 98Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution I suspect that it does I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to uick extinction p 125 In the desert wrote Balzac somewherethere is all and there is nothing God is there and man is not I would love to source this uote but I just can t find it Was Abbey s recollection faulty p 184He occasionally makes the point that the most horrifying thing about nature is not its capacity to mame murder and eat us but its implacable indifference We don t fear the world because it s out to get us we fear it because it doesn t even notice us it doesn t even care enough to despise us I like this idea Oceans crush us storms flatten us lions eat us viruses subvert us not because we deserve it but just because we happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time They re scary because they don t acknowledge us and make us doubt our own reality This is why Alien will always be scarier than the Predator p 191Gaze not too long into the abyss Apparently this is Nietzsche Reminds me of Neal s paraphrasing If you look too long at a makefile the abyss looks back at you p 210I had no idea delphinium was toxic enough to kill cows Go delphinium p 222In possibly his only citation Abbey notes I think 2 Kings 3 which describes how the armies of Israel Judah and Edom lay waste to the Jordanian land of Moab Not sure what he was getting at That Moab UT also suffers at human hands Incidentally the Moabites were founded when Lot s own daughters seduced him and got preggers Scandalous p 227


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    [Pdf/E–book] Desert Solitaire Anyone who thinks about nature will find things to love and despise about Desert Solitaire One moment he's waxing on about the beauty of the cliffrose or the injustice of Navajo disenfranchisement and the next he's throwing rocks at bunnies and recommending that all dogs be ground up for coyote food He says the

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    [Pdf/E–book] Desert Solitaire Read & Download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ß Edward Abbey Almost all my friends who have read this book have given it five stars but not written reviews Hey friends pokeI feel like this book has been recommended to me numerous times enough to compel me to buy it one day from where it has festered unread in my Kindle library for at least a year But the universe was commanding me to read it

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    [Pdf/E–book] Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey ß 9 Read & Download Summary Desert Solitaire I wanted to like this a lot than I was able to Abbey includes some beautifully poetic writing about the desert landscape at times and

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    [Pdf/E–book] Desert Solitaire I'm not sure why everyone loves this book or Edward Abbey in general I couldn't even finish this He is a macho hypocritical egomaniac hiding behind the veil of saving the earthtotally thumbs down

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  • Paperback
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  • Desert Solitaire
  • Edward Abbey
  • English
  • 06 April 2019
  • 9780345326492