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Down the River (Plume) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Januar 1991

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“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

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Essays discuss Thoreau, politics, the MX missile, modern agricultural methods, and the author's adventures traveling down rivers in Utah, Arizona, and Mexico.

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Von Ein Kunde am 31. Juli 1999
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I got this book while hiking around Olympic Peninsula in the rainforest. Reading it under a tree beside the river I realized we're lucky in N. America to still have some wilderness! The original inhabitants of this continent took care and even though we have done so much damage there is still lots left and we should not lose any more to corporations, consumer culture, anthropocentrism. Do you dare to confront the reality of your weekend warrior office job chain store shopper existence?
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If you have never read Edward Abbey before, start with Desert Solitaire, a previous collection of essays. Otherwise, READ THIS BOOK! It is a great group of stories about aventures Abbey had on the river (the Colorado, usually but not always.) You will come away wishing you had seen the things that he had described, and be able to understand why he had such a love for the Southwest, as many people do.
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This book provides a curious look into the life of the Colorado river before the Glen Canyon Dam. It is a collection of stories of life (and sometimes death). It is a good read
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It's an Okay book by Abbey 8. April 2008
Von Howard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have read many of Abbey's non-fiction books, but I don't think any of them matches the coherence (as in theme) and consistency (as in quality) of Desert Solitaire. Abbey himself thinks "Down the River" is better than Desert Solitaire, but I think otherwise. A recurring problem with Abbey's later books is that they are collections of his essays written over a span of years, some already published in other magazines and books, this rather makes them disjointed, and the quality of the essays sometimes vary a great degree too.

Nevertheless, the first essay in this book, "Down the River with Henry Thoreau" is one of my favorite of Abbey's writing. It weaves a river rafting journey with a review of Thoreau's life and work, the format is quite original (although I suspect it had been used before) and refreshing. Other essays in this book are not nearly as impressive.

A side note: this book does not include an essay about "rafting Glen Canyon before it was dammed". That is the essay "Down the River" (which is itself a beautiful piece) in Desert Solitaire, don't get them confused. Also, "The Damnation of a Canyon" in "Beyond the Wall" touches on the topic as well.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic Ed Experience 17. Juli 2016
Von Pat in NH - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's classic Ed! A collection of stories about some of his trips down the river...What river? Many rivers, different experiences from Alaska to Mexico.
If you love Abbey, this should definitely be included in your collection.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable read 11. August 2013
Von Eastofthemississippi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Seems to be a compilation of short stories and essys and observations of his of a variety of subjects many of them involving river trips. Typical Abbey stuff and if you like his writing you'll probably like this. Good for before bed or on trips when you don't want to follow a long novel and all of its characters and plot twists. A little dated in some aspects though, one essay is about his opposition to the MX missile project of the 80s so that's a bit of history there. Not bad.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 19. August 2016
Von Karen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Gift for my husband. He is the E.A.fan.
5.0 von 5 Sternen No body tells the story of the Colorado River like Abbey. He knew the land 18. Februar 2015
Von Barbara Mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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No body tells the story of the Colorado River like Abbey. He knew the land, knew the river and his voice speaks of it's melody, rage and beauty.
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