William DeBuys' The Walk is a quiet book of deeply earned wisdom and the spiritual and emotional connection to a landscape that becomes, through years of experience, through seasons of fire, snow, joy and tragedy, more than just a place to go, but a place that inhabits the person engaged with it. A true masterpiece.— Stephen
Set, like River of Traps, on a small farm in a New Mexican mountain valley that the author has tended since 1977, The Walk explores the illuminating ways in which personal and natural history interweave in a familiar environment. A kind of love story about a landscape, the book consists of three interrelated essays -- "The Walk," "Geranium," and "Paradiso." These pieces move from a period of strife and conflict in the author's life to a place of limbo, to a place of peace -- or, as the author says -- from "inferno to purgatorio, and finally to paradiso." DeBuys takes the same walk each morning, through the woods near his farm, and arrives at a clarity that comes from observing life carefully from the same vantage point for years. DeBuys, one of the country's premier nature writers, is revered for his compassionate, clarifying prose. The Walk only reinforces that reputation.
About the Author
William deBuys is a writer and conservationist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the author of The Walk and River of Traps, coauthored with Alex Harris, which was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and a 1990 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. DeBuys's other books are Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California, which received a Western States Book Award, Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell, and A Great Aridness. His shorter work has appeared in many publications, including Story, Orion, and the New York Times Book Review.