The Analysis of the Book A Season In The Wilderness Authored by Edward Abbey



The beliefs and practices of this naturalist are the need of the time when artificiality dominates in every area of human activities. When a human being, enamoured of the scientific achievements, acts as if nature is the permanent enemy, its exploitation is the birthright and one must be ever at war with it. Abbey sees paradise in canyons and the Colorado River and presents industrial tourism. In every small detail, in the oscillating blade of grass and the mighty roar of the river, Abbey relishes the mesmerizing beauty of Nature! He pleads that environmentalism should not be the view but the way of life. Condemnation of the defilers of Nature is not his literary pastime, but a strong conviction. The contents of the book are not the official annual report of the ranger who is posted in the part for one year. This one is not an ordinary ranger! For the exploiters, the bounties of Nature are the monetary rewards—it’s their commission. For Abbey, it is the mission! Abbey feels helpless, as he challenges the dark forces of destroyers of Nature in more than one area, and he condemns them with his literary onslaughts. What a brilliant entity, what a precious asset the desert is—visit the desert you have previously visited, after reading the book– you will understand the latent grandeur of the particle of the desert sand, its sheen and shine, and will return as a new man after the re-visit! Not a geologist, not an anthropologist, but an individual with a vision can see munificence and the silent beauty that makes a desert. Each particle of the sand serves as the evidence to the evolution and history of the desert.