"Praise the earth for Edward Abbey. . . .
The announcement of a new Abbey book, whether essays or fiction, stirs a personal craving no other current American writer can satisfy."--Los Angeles Book Review
“Abbey was a true independent, a self-declared extremist and ‘desert mystic,’ and a hell of a good writer. . . . John Macrae has wisely chosen to organize these outstanding essays, travel pieces, and works of fiction to parallel events in Abbey’s unusual life.”—Booklist
"A record as important and lovely as Muir's and Thoreau's."--William McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“A splendid summary of his best work. . . . Anyone who doesn’t already know his work will find this volume, culled from more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, an addictive introduction.”—Publishers Weekly
"Abbey was many things as a writer, and his longtime editor, John Macrae, has put together a collection which follows the course of Abbey's life through his own work. It is a clever way to anthologize a talent who is impossible to pigeonhole. . . . A fine introduction to a writer who seems certain to endure and is, undeniably, an American original."--Geoffrey Norman, American Way
"Abbey's work is a kind of blessed voice in the wilderness any way you take it, and a precious figure in our lethal time."--W.S. Merwin
"The Serpents of Paradise is without question the best Abbey reader."--David Petersen, editor of Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951-1989