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Edward Abbey (1927–1989)

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Edward Abbey was born January 29, 1927 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Home. After military service in Naples, Italy, from 1945-47, he enrolled in Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a year before traveling to the West. He fell in love with the desert Southwest and eventually näytä lisää attended the University of New Mexico, where he obtained both graduate and post-graduate degrees. Abbey was a Fulbright Fellow from 1951-52. Abbey was an anarchist and a radical environmentalist; these positions are reflected in his writings. His novel Fire on the Mountain won the Western Heritage Award for Best Novel in 1963. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, considered by many to be his best work, is nonfiction that reflects Abbey's love for the American Southwest and draws on his experiences as a park ranger. Among his best-known works are The Brave Cowboy (1956), The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), and The Fool's Progress (1988). In 1966 The Brave Cowboy was made into a movie titled Lonely Are the Brave, starring Kirk Douglas. Two collections of essays have been published since his death in 1989: Confessions of a Barbarian in 1994 and The Serpents of Paradise the following year. In 1987, Abbey was offered the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, but he declined. Abbey died in March 1989, near Tucson, Arizona, from complications following surgery. He did not want a traditional burial but rather requested to be buried in the Arizona desert, where he could nourish the earth which had been the subject of so many of his works. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Kesä autiomaassa (1968) 3,949 kappaletta
The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975) 2,958 kappaletta
Hayduke Lives! (1990) 576 kappaletta
Down the River (1982) 376 kappaletta
Fire on the Mountain (1962) 347 kappaletta
Black Sun (1971) 299 kappaletta
Abbey's Road (1979) 291 kappaletta
The Best of Edward Abbey (1984) 249 kappaletta
Good News: A Novel (Plume) (1980) 241 kappaletta
One Life at a Time, Please (1988) 229 kappaletta

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American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Avustaja — 416 kappaletta
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Avustaja — 329 kappaletta
Wilderness U.S.A (1973) 167 kappaletta
Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty (1983) — Jälkisanat — 162 kappaletta
Great Rivers of the World (1984) 119 kappaletta
Ice: Stories of Survival from Polar Exploration (1999) — Avustaja — 60 kappaletta
Appalachian odyssey : walking the trail from Georgia to Maine (1977) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset44 kappaletta
Lonely Are the Brave [1962 film] (1962) 20 kappaletta
Travelers' Tales AMERICAN SOUTHWEST : True Stories (2001) — Tekijä — 17 kappaletta
Constructing Nature: Readings from the American Experience (1996) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
A Zion Canyon Reader (2014) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Unbridled: The Western Horse in Fiction and Nonfiction (2005) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Utah Historical Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3 (Summer 1969) (1969) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Canyonlands Country: A Guidebook of the Four Corners Geological Society — Johdanto, eräät painokset2 kappaletta
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Reason read: TIOLI challenge#1 Review to follow.
Nonfiction; time spent in Arches National Park. Nature narrative.

Edward Abbey is an interesting man. "(January 29, 1927 – March 14, 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views."

Abbey was drafted and was in trouble in the military because of his difficulties with authority. He was demoted and then honorably discharged. He spent time as a National Park Ranger in Arches National Monument from 1956 to 1957. He kept notes and then published this book in 1968. The book is like a diary of his time from April to October and his observations and thoughts of nature but also of people and politics. Abbey described himself: "I'm a humanist; I'd rather kill a man than a snake." ??? not sure what he meant here. A humanist is one who is a supporter of man. Also later he throws a rock and kills a rabbit for no other reason than to see if he could do it.

"I prefer not to kill animals. I'm a humanist; I'd rather kill a man than a snake" pg 17
Comments about predators (coyotes, etc) "sheepmen run their hooved locust on the public land and are heavily subsidized". He feels they can well afford to feed the coyotes a few lambs.
pg 130 wilderness as a base for resistance: urbanized environments gives advantage to the power with the technological equipment. " rural insurrection can then be suppressed only by bombing or burning" forcing the population o take refuge in cities where they can be policed and starved into submission.

If planning to impose dictatorial regime in the US;
1. concentration population into megalopolitan masses and kept under close surveillance
2. mechanize agriculture
3. restrict possession of firearms
4. encourage or at least fail to discourage population growth (masses of people easily manipulated and dominated)
5. Continue military conscription
6. divert attention from deep conflicts in society by engaging in foreign wars, make support of these wars a test of loyalty, expose and isolate opposition to the new order
7. finely reticulated communications, Airlines, and interstates
8. raze the wildnerness, imlporve the parks into national parking lots

I am not sure I like Edward Abbey but then again, I do like a lot of his ideas. Edward Abbey was closely watched by the FBI because of his anarchy views. He was married multiple times, had 5 children with 3 different women and died of esophageal bleeds at age 62. His friends buried him in the desert per his request; no embalming, no coffin, just his blue sleeping bag.
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Kristelh | 88 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 24, 2024 |
I read somewhere that this would have made a better comic book than a novel, and I think I would agree with that. The style is reminiscent of the worst overwriting of New Journalism, a la Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson. If you dig that, you'll love this. I found it a bit of a slog. The book's at its best when Abbey is describing the landscape of the Southwest. It's certainly still an important work in the context of environmental activism (ecoterrorism, we'd call it now), and Abbey has a great sense of humor.… (lisätietoja)
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Byakhee | 53 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 21, 2024 |
I'm going to pick this one up again closer to my vacation in Moab. I like it -- but I think I'll like it a lot more when I've been there.
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hmonkeyreads | 88 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |
I loved his description of Utah and his reflections on people, in particular the phrase "loveliness not loneliness". What turned me off were his rants on a variety of topics, some of which bordered on cruelty.
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ccayne | 88 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 10, 2023 |



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