Paperback Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness / Edward Abbey.
Publication year: 2018
Edition: 50th anniversary edition / with an introduction by Robert Macfar
Publisher: London : William Collins,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780008283315 (pbk.) :
In this shimmering masterpiece of American nature writing, Edward Abbey ventures alone into the canyonlands of Moab, Utah, to work as a seasonal ranger for the United States National Park Service. Living out of a trailer, Abbey captures in rapt, poetic prose the landscape of the desert; a world of terracotta earth, empty skies, arching rock formations, cliffrose, juniper, pinyon pine and sand sage. His summers become spirit quests, taking him in search of wild horses and Ancient Puebloan petroglyphs, up mountains and across tribal lands, and down the Glen Canyon by river. He experiences both sides of his new home; its incredible beauty and its promise of liberation, but also its isolating, cruel side, at one point discovering a dead tourist at an isolated area of the Grand Canyon.
322 pages : illustration (black and white) ; 22 cm