• Title: Desert Time: A Journey Through the American Southwest
  • Author: Diana Kappel-Smith
  • Released: 1992-11-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 262
  • ISBN: 0316482986
  • ISBN13: 978-0316482981
  • ASIN: 0316482986
In Desert Time, New Englander Diana Kappel-Smith travels from the Black Rock Desert of Oregon to the Mexican border seeking "the spirit of the American Southwest." Spirit-seeking can sometimes be a fuzzy enterprise, and Desert Time has an undercurrent of New Age grooviness. In the course of Kappel-Smith's travelogue, she gets at the heart of many things Western: the precision of Navajo weavers and Hopi silversmiths, the sinuous paths of sidewinders on sand dunes, and the quality of light that adds a surrealistic touch to the region, "like a copper-gold lens colored as if it were filled with pollen, but as dry and light as the outbreath of a kiln." --This text refers to the edition.

From Publishers Weekly A self-confessed interloper from Connecticut, Kappel-Smith ( Wintering ) attempts to interpret the Southwest by examining its geology and the people, plants and animals that dot its unique landforms. Here, she extends the region from its normal boundaries of West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to include deserts in Colorado, Idaho, even Oregon. The author gets much mileage from her considerable writing talent as she conducts a series of trips to sand dunes, Anasazi ruins on high cliffs, a sacred canyon of the Tohono O'odham Indians and the unlikely civilization around the Salton Sea in California. But eloquence does not substitute for the understanding born of long experience, and the author's hit-and-run encounters with an alien world do not, in this case, fill the bill. Illustrations.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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