Book Club: Desert Solitaire

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Book Club: Desert Solitaire
July 16, 2017 3:00 PM
July 16, 2017 4:00 PM
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Tania Hajjar
970-249-9656 (ext. 3)
September 9, 2016
Montrose Regional Library Meeting Room
320 S. 2nd St. , Montrose, CO, 81401, United States

Join us!  The Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month, from 3 to 4 in the afternoon, in the meeting room at the Library. These books were chosen at the group’s meeting in August 2016. For more information, call Tania Hajjar at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).

The selection for July 2017 is Desert Solitaire by Edward Abby.

Hailed by the New York Times as a passionately felt, deeply poetic book, this is the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness.  Rude and sensitive.  Thought-provoking and mystical.  Angry and loving.  Both Abbey and this book are all these and more.  Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by conservationist Edward Abbey during his three seasons a park ranger in southeastern Utah.  The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body.  However Desert Solitaire is not just a collection of one man’s stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbey’s reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel.  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.  Often compared to Thoreau’s Walden, this is a powerful discussion of life’s mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness. – &

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