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Desert Solitaire Paperback – Illustrated, 15 January 1990
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The New York Times Book Review Like a ride on a bucking bronco...rough, tough, combative. The author is a rebel and an eloquent loner. His is a passionately felt, deeply poetic book...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty. --The New Yorker
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- Publisher : Touchstone; Illustrated edition (15 January 1990)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0671695886
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671695880
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.83 x 21.43 cm
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The book is Abbey's account of his time as a park ranger in Arches in the 50s, some time before paved access roads were built. At this time access to Arches was only for the hardy and determined, its majesty unspoilt by motor vehicles, RVs and tourists. Abbey rails against the future plans to increase access, and worries that the magic of the park will be lost. Of course those plans were executed, and now millions visit Arches every year. Has the park been ruined as a result? I'm sure Abbey would have hated the current situation, but I don't think the outcome is quite as bad as he feared. True, many tourists just breaze through in their cars and don't really engage with the park. Some areas, like delicate Arch, have become like a Disney theme park, but I think the impact is limited. 90% plus of the area of these great parks remains pretty unspoilt IMO.
Abbey's curmudgeonly account of his time in Arches is a fascinating and highly entertaining read. If you love the desert landscape and Utah, this book is for you. Expect to feel pangs of guilt as you read it, as I'm sure, like me, you're guilty of being one of the motorised tourists Abbey so hates! In my defence I truly do love these parks, have ditched the car and hiked deep in to them, full of wonder, awe and respect. Perhaps Abbey wouldn't have completely hated me!
Still, not a bad book