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'''Hailed by <I >The New York Times </I>as a passionately felt, deeply poetic book, the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness.<BR><BR><I>Desert Solitaire </I>is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. The book<B > </B>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 <I>Desert Solitaire </I>is not just a collection of one mans stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbeys reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel. Often compared to Thoreaus <I >Walden</I>, <I>Desert Solitaire </I>is a powerful discussion of lifes mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness.'''