The Desert, Further Studies in Natural Appearances
- John Charles Van DykeTải app để nghe
_The Desert_ by John Charles Van Dyke, published in 1901, is a lush, poetic description of the natural beauty of the American Southwest. _"What land can equal the desert with its wide plains, its grim mountains, and its expanding canopy of sky!"_ Van Dyke, a cultivated art historian, saw "sublimity" in the desert's "lonely desolation," which previous generations had perceived only as a wasteland, and his book has a conservationist flavor which seems distinctly modern. _"The deserts should never be reclaimed,"_ he writes. _"They are the breathing spaces of the west and should be preserved for ever."_ The changing colors of the sky, hills, and sand impress Van Dyke, as do the mirages. He celebrates the "long overlooked commonplace things of nature"-- cactus and grease wood, desert animals, and "winged life," the birds and insects. His writing has a philosophical undertone. _"Not in vain these wastes of sand ... simply because they are beautiful in themselves and good to look upon whether they be life or death."_ Anyone who views with equal awe fiery sunrises and weeds growing out of pavement cracks will enjoy this reading of Van Dyke's _The Desert._
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