Desert Solitaire

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way Abbey writes. He is very poetic, descriptive, and reminiscent  in his writing. Abbey brings to light how much of a wilderness a desert really is when we usually think of wilderness as this vast, lush, and uninhabited jungle or similar region. Instead of a flourishing wilderness, he makes his readers think about how this type of wilderness is “all is exposed and naked” (9) and how he sees his situation as loveliness instead of loneliness. A “desert place: clean, pure, totally useless, quite unprofitable…” fits the stereotypical definition of wilderness better than what we usually perceive as wild. Just out of curiosity I Googled “wilderness” just to see what the first image would be and if it would fit our usual perceptions. It did…

Sometimes his acts and words confuse me as he is somewhat of a unsociable man and can come across as a pompous hermit with strong opinions. On the other hand, I did enjoy this book and liked the concepts he talks about, such as using a “nature vs. nature” remedy to rid his space of a snake by befriending a gopher snake or how he explains that “wilderness is a necessary part of civilization” (46). I, also, liked his suggestion of the roads in national parks and the reduced car traffic on those roads. Seems logical so people aren’t being robbed from the opportunity to experience nature and wilderness as it is meant to be acknowledged and admired. I know I get annoyed when people come into parks and “camp” with their RV’s, TV’s, and air conditioning. If people would take the time to appreciate nature in its full value by leaving their electronics and modern day worries behind, I think things would change in support of the preservation department.

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