Finding Everett Ruess
Finding Everett Ruess
The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer
- Listening to the author's obsession with 20-year-old poet and artist Everett Ruess, who in 1934 disappeared near Escalante, Utah, is as exhausting and disturbing as the author's journey to uncover Ruess's remains. Narrator Arthur Morey portrays Ruess's youthful voice in readings from the journals and letters he wrote home, most of which fail to describe the "beauty" he sought and instead demand money from his parents to continue his solo adventures in the Wild West. Morey's artful and honest presentation doesn't ameliorate Roberts's overwritten and tedious account, nor his quest, supported in part by The National Geographic Society, which ultimately, and embarrassingly, led to the unearthing of a Navajo grave he thought was Ruess's burial site. K.P. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
"Finding Everett Ruess is easily one of [Roberts'] best....thoughtful and passionate....a compelling portrait of the Ruess myth."
- -Booklist "Anyone intrigued by the Ruess phenomenon will be enthralled with Roberts' review of the young man's biography, the stature of his artistic achievements and unrealized potential, and efforts to find and eventually memorialize him.... This is sure to appeal to fans of wilderness wanderers."
- -Kirkus Reviews "Absorbing...A [well researched], readable look at a complex personality in wilderness exploration."
-Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place and subject of the film 127 Hours "Everett Lives! If not in a desert canyon, then at least among the pages where David Roberts brings the young man's life and legend all together: his writings and art, his kinship with nature, his love for adventure and beauty, and the yet-evolving mystery of his disappearance. Count me one among many inspired by a young adventurer who lived in beauty and left us too soon. May we never stop wandering."
-Publishers Weekly "Roberts deftly..captures the complexity of his subject."
Say that I starved; that I was lost and weary;
"I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the street car and the star sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities. . . .
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