Last time I’ll post on Abbey for a while, I promise. I’m sure it’s annoying. The North Rim Firetower in Grand Canyon National Park, a firetower that Edward Abbey manned for four years in the late 60s and early 70s, has been named to the National Historic Lookout Register. What does this mean? Nothing, of course. And as The Goat points out, the solitude that the great men and women who man these towers experience is cleary not filled with thoughts of making this list. But an honor is an honor folks and, without the time that Mr. Abbey spent in that tower, we wouldn’t have Black Sun, one of Abbey’s most critically unsuccessful books he ever wrote. The story of a firetower lookout who falls in a love with a young girl and gets blamed when she disappears in the park where he works, the New Yorker called the book “an embarrassingly bad novel.” I unfortunately have not had the pleasure of reading this book. Have you?
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