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Abbey's prose is beautiful, his attitude is by turns lyrical, calm, angry. Whatever your politics, you will find thought-provoking material here on nature, the American frontier, and what America has done - for better and worse - to her natural resources.
This is required reading for those of us wishing to live on and with Earth. A hard-nosed individual, Abbey can be a whole lot self-centered and narrow minded. He preaches a lot from his pulpit focusing upon our relationship with Mother Earth. He has no patience with those who abuse our planet. He is hard to ignore by those who would like only to read the amazing books that he writes. He is a craftsman and a genius when it comes to language, our relationship with Earth and knows how to succinctly "paint" an image of the power, savagery, beauty, and delicacy of the impartial world we inhabit. Like chips, you can't read just one Abbey book. You'll probably go back for more. Time well spent. Makes your brain -or your"heart"-hurt. A must read. Cormac McCarthy used the same elements showing us redemption through pain and agony. Edward Abbey seems to suggest a more hopeful outlook. Barely. I won't read McCarthy again. I will re-read Abbey. Great book.
Feb 7, 2012
too much detail
This book did not have much meat in it and the discriptions went on a little to long. I was glad to finish it.
Crystal L L
Mar 24, 2011
Humorous and poetic
This book is well written. Abbey has a sarcastic sense of humor that is poetic with wonderful descriptions of the environment. This is a must read for people that have a love for environment and their surroundings. Abbey gets to the heart of problems with lucid insights and witty commentary. Read it!
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