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Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

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Michael Kramer

11 Hours 34 Minutes

Tantor Media

December 2011

Audio Book Summary

When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road, and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. This is a rare view of a quest to experience nature in its purest form-the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty. But this is also the gripping, anguished cry of a man of character who challenges the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil and mining interests, as well as by the tourist industry.Abbey's observations and challenges remain as relevant now as the day he wrote them. Today, Desert Solitaire asks if any of our incalculable natural treasures can be saved before the bulldozers strike again.

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  • Dylan H

    Abbey's Southwestern "Walden", "Desert Solitaire" follows the autobiographical narrative of the Abbey's adventures and through them draws forth the spirit of the land through his words. A beautiful book, filled with intrigue, wonder, and a good dose of witty, poignant humor. For anyone interested in the Southwestern United States or in the wilderness in general, "Desert Solitaire" is highly recommended. The narrator of this audiobook speaks with a soft accent that, while not necessarily Southwestern, is rustic and befitting the narrative as a whole.

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  • Blair Darby

    A must. Couldn't stop listening. Abbey sure brings forth a magical mystical tour of the south west, our senses and intrigue.

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  • Cathy B.

    What wonderful descriptions of a landscape loved but never to be seen like this again. I really enjoyed this writing

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