“Classic cranky Abbey. I looked for this book in the visitors center at Arches, and was surprised to see it, but I could tell it was hidden in the lower corner of a bookshelf. ”Brian Q wrote this review Wednesday, October 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Abbey definitely makes a compelling argument for the necessity of nature and wilderness, especially when discussing the threat of what he dubbed "Industrial Tourism." However, I found his proposed solutions to be impractical. Moreover, I found many of his stances to be somewhat paranoid, hypocritical, and selfish - a fact that made empathizing with his narrative difficult. Perhaps I'll enjoy his other writings more.”Joshua Contois wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“All at once Desert Solitaire is exacting yet indirect, elegant yet crude, whimsical yet heartbreaking. In the heart of an unflinchingly surreal desert landscape, Edward Abbey intertwines numerous tales of adventure (and misadventure), philosophy, religion, nature, and life as we know it into one seamless work of prose that feels both entirely connected and entirely disjointed. His harsh criticisms of the expanding industrial capitalist societies of the 20th century coalesce with his brilliant observations of a solitary desert world untouched by man to bring forth an evocative set of musings from one of the country’s last true pioneers and defenders of the wild.
At times Abbey’s views seem radical, aggressive, even jaded. Yet the reader can’t help but enjoy and even admire Abbey’s call for simplicity, especially as this selection foretells the stark and unrelenting growth of industrialism into the present (despite its writing in 1968). There is frustration apparent in his prose, yet the reader is left with a hopeful (or rather hopeless?) reminder that this earth will continue to live on, as it always has, long after our cities toppled, roads collapsed, and dams broken; forever wild.”
“Excellent. Inspired me to get outside and appreciate what I've got while it's still there. Also re-ignited my sometimes simmering revolutionary fervor, for which I appreciate it all the more.”hamtron5000 wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Codgery old man... but lots of great insight into the history of the southwest.”Lisa B wrote this review Tuesday, July 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“DNF”Doug C wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Abbey was crazy, forward and direct, and fabulous. Though his ideas are radical I couldn't help but love him for it. He describes the desert in a way I feel even further in love with it, which I didn't think was possible.
His ideas are still very relevant - GET OFF THE ROAD AND OUT OF YOUR CAR!
“Second time around - this time I chose it as our book discussion selection in honor of Earth Day.”Lisa Labovitch wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderfully poetic, wonderfully irreverent musings of Edward Abbey during his summer as a seasonal ranger in what is now Arches National Park. ”James DiPeso wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderfully poetic, philosophical, and evocative, this story of a forest ranger's summer in the Utah national parks is essentially a love song to the desert. Thought-provoking and beautiful.”Neelthak wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No