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Whatever else he was aside for the moment, Abbey was a relentless diarist and we have this selection taken from his journals by a close friend (David Peterson) to thank for compiling it. Like many authors when asked which of their work is their favorite they will pick them but Abbey he shunned at least this portion of his output and at one point almost destroyed the originals that at the time were in the possession of the University of Arizona special collection. Fortunately they survived and we...
I was very disappointed in this book. I love Edward Abbey's writing, and was looking forward to a glimpse into his mind -- how he came to write The Monkey Wrench Gang, what it was like to be in Arches Natl. Monument, what prompted him to write Desert Solitaire. Etc.But no. This book is a series of excerpts from his journals, and are mainly about how his marriages failed, how he met the next wife, etc. Perhaps I'm an unusual fan, but I don't care much about authors or artists personal life -- I c...
Reading this now....love it!
I enjoyed the book even though I abandoned reading it for quite some time. This is no fault of the editor or even the book itself- it’s Abbey’s own damn fault. I had a hard time slogging with his melodramatic whiny shit from the 1950 and early 60s- tedious. About the time he his is mid 30s, You come to recognize the mind and soul that gives you Desert Solitaire and Monkey Wrench Gang. I’ve enjoyed his writing for quite some time and I was curious about the man behind it. So I really enjoyed the
Fascinating look into the unique individual who loved the desert and southwest canyon country probably more than anyone is history. Has some offensive views and controversial opinions, but overall, it's a great read and has some good wisdom and humor. If you like Paul Theroux stuff, you'll enjoy. I just don't understand how he kept getting women and how he got away with just going off of 100 mile walks whenever he wanted leaving newborn kids to be tended to girlfriends and grandparent, but I gue...
Amazing and disappointing. Some really interesting insights into the man, he's mostly very honest and yet sometimes you almost wish he wasn't as for all his ideals he's revealed to be insightful, sometimes brilliantly inspired, brutally honest, funny and also, selfish and somehow lacking in imagination for the thoughts and emotions of others. An interesting read but to say it's a bit 'mixed' is an understatement. I'm predisposed to like his general stance on many things but this book was a reali...
Abbey fascinates me. For a sexist racist pig, he's a great writer and environmentalist. There's just something about him that makes me want to keep reading his work. And yes, I know I'm on some government list for that.I went into this book with little expectations. It took me about 50 pages to get into the rhythm, and for the book to include more than short snippets. He's real in his journals, and the passages included seem to hold nothing back. Abbey was aware of his faults--something we shoul...
A sin against both man and God.
I took this on in order to broaden my literary horizons from more accepted environmental writers, and to embrace the more poetic/anarchistic prose of a eccentric American. I was surprised at how dark and morose Abbey's thoughts could be, and how often he contemplated suicide/wished-for-death. Everything about Abbey's life was over-the-top, from his trips in the outdoors to his F-I-V-E marriages! Abbey often seemed shocked when his marriages failed, which seemed rather evident to me from his acti...
You really have to already be an Ed Abbey fan to appreciate this one. Some of it is tedious and maudlin, but there are bits of treasure if you don't mind plowing through the dross. I hope this doesn't sound like a criticism. These were his private journals started at a very young age and never meant to be published, so they're not exactly an example of literary genius. I enjoyed much of this just because I've read all of his books and it was interesting to see how his life and writing unfolded.
This autobiography was edited after Abbey's death from a collection of his journals. It was a moderately interesting read because I think of Abbey as one of the first environmentalists, and he earned this distinction because he is a determined and outspoken writer. The journals also show the sad side of the man - racist, selfish, and unable to dedicate himself to marriage. He wrote of the sadness of his own impending death well. I believe his books are fun and provocative, if I remember _Monkey
I loved Desert Solitaire so much that I wanted to find out how Abbey had evolved into that writer. This was fascinating and at times disturbing. This book traced his life through his journals. Beginning shortly after college and the end of his first marriage and ending shortly before his death, we see him struggling both professionally and personally. The constant is his love for the nature in Utah and Arizona. Passion, ego, stubbornness, and brilliance are all reflected in these pages.
4.5 Ed Abbey in all his glory and nakedness. A beautiful and troubling journey "down the river" of Abbey's writing and personal life. Aptly titled from his own words, the journals reflect a man who could be as barbaric as the barren deserts he loved so deeply. But he is also the lovable philosopher/prophet calling modern man to their senses before they destroy one of the things that makes us great as a country.
Though Edward Abbey is a complete bastard, I found his journals interesting and sometimes even inspiring. He had a vision for a simple life lived close to the earth that I really admire. I also appreciated his thoughts on writing.
My review here: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-83...
my favourite part about ed abbey is that hes just so bloody human.
Because despite everything, I am a child of the desert. And because I can forgive him his narcissism...Can't I? Er, can't I?
Sometime a little mystery is better. Detailed journal entries for most of the life of Abbey. Better the last 2/3. Hard book to get through for me.
One of my favorite Abby books, taken from his collection of journals, and published after his death. Very revealing into his psyche, exploits, and living. For fans of Abbey a must read.
fascinating study of a complex and thorny man.
I read a version of this that was published in 1986 and was very short. It was also not as interesting as most of Abbey's writings.
Best journal writer EVER...
in his own honest words, year by year.
What a trip!
A must-read for any true fan of Edward Abbey.