The Journey Home: Some Words In The Defense Of The American West by Edward AbbeyThe Journey Home: Some Words In The Defense Of The American West by Edward Abbey

The Journey Home: Some Words In The Defense Of The American West

byEdward Abbey

Paperback | January 30, 1991

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The Journey Home ranges from the surreal cityscapes of Hoboken and Manhattan to the solitary splendor of the deserts and mountains of the Southwest. It is alive with ranchers, dam builders, kissing bugs, and mountain lions. In a voice edged with chagrin, Edward Abbey offers a portrait of the American West that we’ll not soon forget, offering us the observations of a man who left the urban world behind to think about the natural world and the myths buried therein.
 
Abbey, our foremost “ecological philosopher,” has a voice like no other. He can be wildly funny, ferociously acerbic, and unexpectedly moving as he ardently champions our natural wilderness and castigates those who would ravish it for the perverse pleasure of profit.
Edward Abbey, a self-proclaimed “agrarian anarchist,” was hailed as the “Thoreau of the American West.” Known nationally as a champion of the individual and one of this country’s foremost defenders of the natural environment, he was the author of twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Desert Solitaire, The Monkey Wrench G...
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Title:The Journey Home: Some Words In The Defense Of The American WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.95 × 5.36 × 0.54 inPublished:January 30, 1991Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0452265622

ISBN - 13:9780452265622

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Hallelujah on the Bum
2 The Great American Desert
3 Disorder and Early Sorrow
4 Fire Lookout: Numa Ridge
5 Snow Canyon
6 Desert Places
7 Death Valley
8 Come On In
9 Manhattan Twilight, Hoboken Night
10 God's Plan for the State of Utah: A Revelation
11 The Great Globe Arizona Wild Pig and Varmint Hunt
12 Telluride Blue–A Hatchet Job
13 Let Us Now Praise Mountain Lions
14 Return to Yosemite: Tree Fuzz vs. Freaks
15 The BLOB Comes to Arizona
16 The Second Rape of the West
17 Down the River with Major Powell
18 Walking
19 The Crooked Wood
20 Mountain Music
21 Shadows from the Big Woods
22 Freedom and Wilderness, Wilderness and Freedom
23 Dust: A Movie

From Our Editors

Long considered an underground classic, The Journey Home stands beside Desert Solitude as one of Abbey's most important works. In a voice edged eith chagrin, Abbey offers a portrait of the American West that readers will not soon forget, presenting the reflections and observations of a man who left the urban world behind in pursuit of the natural one and the myths buried therein

Editorial Reviews

“Abbey’s unique prose voice… is the voice of a full-blooded man airing his passions… alternately misanthropic and sentimental, enraged and hilarious.”—People   “The man, quite simply, is a master.”—The Bloomsbury Review   “A record as important and lovely as Muir’s or Thoreau’s.”—New York Post   “One of our foremost Western essayists and novelists. A militant conservationist, he has attracted a large following—not only within the ranks of Sierra Club enthusiasts and backpackers, but also among armchair appreciators of good writing. What always made his work doubly interesting is the sense of a true maverick spirit at large—a kind of spirit not imitable, limited only to the highest class of literary outlaws.”—The Denver Post   “Abbey is a gadfly with a stinger like a scorpion.”—Wallace Stegner   “In his own inimitable fashion, Abbey prevails among the scant handful of our best and brightest fresh-air scribes.”—Chicago Sun-Times