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In this abundant space and isolation, the energy lords extract their bounty of natural resources, and the curators of mass destruction once mined their egregious weapons and reckless acts It is a land of absolutes, of passion and indifference, lush textures and inscrutable tensions Here violence can push beauty to the edge of a razor blade Thus Ellen Meloy describes a corner of desert hard by the San Juan River in southeastern Utah, a place long forsaken as implausible and impassable, of little use or valuea place that she calls home Despite twenty years of carefully nurtured intimacy with this red rock landscape, Meloy finds herself, one sunbaked morning, staring down at a dead lizard floating in her coffee and feeling suddenly unmoored What follows is a quest that is both physical and spiritual, a search for home....

Title : The Last Cheater's Waltz: Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest
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ISBN : 0816521530
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : University of Arizona Press 1 edition November 1, 2000
Number of Pages : 239 pages
File Size : 786 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Last Cheater's Waltz: Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest Reviews

  • Todd Warnke
    2019-05-21 01:11

    Like the southwest from which Meloy draws her sense of self, like mortality and its hopes and fears, it must be personally experienced. With prose that borders on poetry, with insights that range from the deeply personal to the universal, this book asks that we broaden our morality, move past the daily, look beyond the surface and learn to BE.

  • Chila
    2019-05-08 03:59

    Ellen Meloy is a tremendous writer. Very good look at the desert southwest.

  • Kathleen B. RAFFOUL
    2019-05-18 03:49

    This book is very informative and entertaining about the effects of weapons testing in the west. The writing style is enjoyable to read. Recommend this book to all nature lovers.

  • Dan Nussbaum
    2019-05-11 07:03

    Looking for a nature series that will hold your attention with every word? Looking for an author that writes like she thinks? Buyer be warned: Purchasing The Last Cheater's Waltz will addict you to Ellen Meloy and her talent to draw you into her mind's eye of the Southwest Deserts. Sadly, this is the last book I have not read and I am savoring every word on the page. We will never forget you Ellen and your spirit will always be there.

  • I Was There
    2019-04-25 06:08

    Ellen's always a good read

  • Rosemary sandford
    2019-05-14 07:07

    Ellen Meloy is one of the greatest nature writers contemporary USA has produced. I admire the way she blends social and political analysis of salient events with environmental and cultural observations and soulful experiences. She will always be remembered.

  • D. Robin Toews
    2019-05-07 00:47

    An amazing writer . I have read all her books and highly recommend her!

  • None
    2019-05-22 01:02

    What an interesting and very different book The Last Cheater's Waltz was. Ellen Meloy has an artist's vision through an environmentalist's kaleidoscope. Yes, some of her transitions are disconnected as are some of her metaphysical railings against the atom bomb and desert testing in the southwest. However, she also has a deliciously unique sense of humor, which broadens the books appeal. She sufficiently subordinates her environmentalist tree-hugging or in her case, cactus-hugging compassion thereby avoiding preachiness.