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Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness Paperback – Special Edition, 12 July 2018

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0008283311
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780008283315
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0008283315
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His masterpiece. Despite its stated purpose as a eulogy to a lost world, it seems hardly to have aged at all. Part of the book’s staying power resides in the synthesis Abbey created between the American desert ― the red-rock canyons, “Abbey’s country” ― and the beautiful, hard-chiselled prose, as rough and gorgeous as the land itself, that he used to celebrate its harshness and mystery. None have matched his styleSalon

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’ New York Times

An American masterpiece … part memoir, part meditation on nature, part crusty and slightly mad cultural commentary’ New Yorker

‘An uncommonly beautiful love letter to solitude and the spiritual rewards of getting lost. A miraculously beautiful bookBrain Pickings

Edward Abbey is the Thoreau of the American WestWashington Post

’Abbey’s voice, like that of Thomas Paine in Common Sense, never fades away … President Trump, please read Desert Solitaire’ Douglas Brinkley, New York Times

About the Author

Robert Macfarlane won the Guardian First Book Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for his first book, Mountains of the Mind (2003). His second, The Wild Places (2007), was similarly celebrated, winning three prizes and being shortlisted for six more. Both books were adapted for television by the BBC. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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