A homage to the West and to two great writers who set the standard for all who celebrate and defend it.
Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, the award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists - from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches - braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West. What is the future of a region beset by droughts and fires, by fracking and drilling? What should be done about an ever-increasing population that seems to be in the process of loving the West to death? How might two environmental thinkers with radically different personalities - a competent, mature advocate (Stegner) and a monkey-wrenching anarchist (Abbey) - have responded to the crisis?
Gessner takes us on an inspiring, entertaining journey as he renews his own commitment to cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild, confronting American consumption, and fighting environmental injustice
©2015 David Gessner (P)2015 Recorded Books
Love the book as it explores a deeper side of Edward abbey that I had never known. The narrator , however failed to pronounce many common western words correctly . I also would have appreciated the narrator using slightly different voices for different Characters.
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. It will provide a good introduction to the books of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey (and how they fit in a "modern" context). The strength of the book is also its weakness in that it is a "critique". It was, however, written by a writer that has mastered the skill of writing. And sort of reminds me of "Down the River". The modern part is that the book is a description of a recent trip by a person that, like myself, had read the authors in his youth which informed his attitudes in later life and had wondered if the ideas "held up". Even if you only have a "vague" interest in the relationship between land use and humans in the west, I recommend this book.
The two authors whose lives this book explores provide two archtypes that speak to every environmentally aware citizen at some point. In addition, the discussion of the desert west was wonderful
The book was about 30% longer than it needed to be
No. My husband and I listened to it over many sitting and two long car rides
This is an in-depth comparative study of two of the 20th century's greatest environmental writers by means of the author's own journey through the lives of both Abbey and Stegner. Five stars!
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