The Desert PDF/EPUB Ú Paperback

The Desert PDF/EPUB Ú Paperback

  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • The Desert (Peregrine Smith Literary Naturalists)
  • J.C. Van Dyke
  • English
  • 02 November 2015
  • 9781423607113

6 thoughts on “The Desert (Peregrine Smith Literary Naturalists)

  1. Jeff Jeff says:

    A classic a must read primer for lovers of the desert southwest

  2. Richard Downey Richard Downey says:

    John Van Dyke's book is THE seminal book on desert writing He is specifically talking mostly about the Mojave Colorado and Sonoran deserts his observations can be applied to most deserts around the world He is by profession an art critic and brings that critical eye to the experience of being in and traveling through the desert This is the second time I've read this book revisiting it after a couple of decades and am still amazed at the power it has It is referenced in other desert writers like Edward Abbey and Joseph Wood Krutch I recommend The Desert to anyone who loved arid lands but also to those who are seeking a new way of viewing things

  3. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    van dyke didn't actually take the brutal desert trip he writes about in this book he wasn't a rugged frontiersman but an aesthete his brother owned a ranch that bordered the mojave and van dyke relied on info from him and from books to write the desert in other words he dreamed it all up in his head which made it all the special for me

  4. Dave Greene Dave Greene says:

    This interesting book provides a sensory perspective on the southwestern deserts from an artist's point of view the author was professional art critic Much of the book covers the interplay of light shadow color perspective mirage reflection refraction and how they along with the lay of the land affect desert vistas birds bugs mammals and reptiles and plant life In addition to the visual there are also other sensory aspects touched on a bit sounds and feelings There is some natural history and geology as well some of it useful but often the author becomes speculative fanciful and sensory as he weaves his own philosophy of nature into his description of the desert One of the things I appreciated was the author's viewpoint of nature's beauty We may prefer the sunlight to the starlight the evening primrose to the bisnaga the antelope to the mountain lion the mocking bird to the lizard ; but to say that one is good and the other bad that one is beautiful and the other ugly is to accuse nature herself of preference something which she never knew She designs for the cactus of the desert as skillfully and as faithfully as for the lily of the gardenThere are few stories or long in depth detailed scientific descriptions as there are with other desert writers but the author shares a common philosophy with many of them the prime uote from the book is probably The desert should never be reclaimed

  5. Michael Brady Michael Brady says:

    Van Dyke understood the desert He took the time to really see it Most of what he experienced is gone now There are precious few dry places you can visit now only on horseback where your reach is limited by the water you can carry John C Van Dyke can still take you there

  6. Kirk Astroth Kirk Astroth says:

    Ok book considering it was written in 1901 and the author did not even visit most of the places he describes and got some things just plain wrong eg Gila monsters are harmless But an interesting lyrical description of the Arizona desert and canyon country

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The Desert (Peregrine Smith Literary Naturalists)[KINDLE] ❂ The Desert (Peregrine Smith Literary Naturalists) Author J.C. Van Dyke – This series celebrates the tradition of literary naturalists writers who embrace the natural world as the setting for some of our most euphoric and serious experiences These books map the intimate con This series celebrates the tradition of literary naturalists writers who embrace the natural world as the setting for some of our most euphoric and serious experiences These books map the intimate connections between the human and the natural world Literary naturalists transcend political boundaries social concerns and historical milieus; they speak for what Henry Beston called the other nations of the planet Their message acuires weight and urgency as wild places become increasingly scarce.

About the Author: J.C. Van Dyke

John Charles Van Dyke – was an American art historian and critic He was born at New Brunswick New Jersey studied at Columbia and for many years in Europe He was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in but never practiced lawIn Van Dyke was appointed the librarian of the Gardner Sage Library at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and in as a professor.