Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey

Desert Solitaire

By Edward Abbey

  • Release Date: 2011-08-21
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4.5
From 95 Ratings


First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form.

Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality. As the world continues its rapid development, Abbey’s cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book was written.


  • Very entertaining read

    By PatJDixon
    Having spent a decent amount of time in the desert, Abbey conveys the greatness to those of us familiar and those yet to know
  • greatest book ever

    By Tom the bombs
    Very good book
  • Life altering perspective.

    By nupics
    I discovered Ed Abbey in 1993 while attending college in Virginia. After graduating and saving some money... I left the east coast and moved to Sedona Arizona. Why? Edward Abbey. Read this book, and take heed of his wisdom and character. One of the most influential authors of our time. I still live out west 20 years later and have never stopped thinking of his words on every hike, every road trip, every National Park I visit.
  • A Beautiful Description

    By Kahuna Underwater
    If you've ever been so fortunate to have visited Arches National Park and the red rock-high desert country, you will appreciate the almost mesmerizing verbal descriptions written by Edward Abbey. Beautiful. It makes me want to go back.