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Down the River by Edward Abbey

Down the River

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    Jan 30, 1991 | 256 Pages

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Praise

“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

Table Of Contents

Preliminary Notes

PART I: Thoreau and Other Friends
1 Down the River with Henry Thoreau
2 Watching the Birds: The Windhover
3 Meeting the Bear
4 Planting a Tree

PART II: Politicks and Rivers
5 Notes from a Cold River
6 MX
7 Of Protest
8 Thus I Reply to Rene Dubos

PART III: Places and Rivers
9 Running the San Juan
10 In the Canyon
11 Down There in Sonora
12 Aravaipa Canyon
13 Fool’s Treasure

PART IV: People, Books, and Rivers
14 River Rats
15 Footrace in the Desert
16 Reviewing Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


17 Paul Horgan’s Josiah Gregg
18 My Friend Debris
19 Floating

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