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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; 1st Back Bay Pbk. Ed edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316610690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316610698
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 804,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Childs is a river guide, a field instructor, an adventurer, and a writer. He camps in the back country of the American West at least nine months of the year, usually living in the back of his truck, out of a river vessel, or from his backpack. He hasn't had a phone in 10 years.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2010
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One has chance encounters when hiking the back trails, and often a useful nugget of useful knowledge is obtained. But it is extremely unlikely that one would meet someone of Craig Childs' erudition and obsessions. Fortunately, one does not have to rely on those meetings of chance; this book obviates the need, and one can walk with the author on the many trails he has taken in the past. His "area of operation" is primarily the deserts of Arizona and the immediate surroundings.

I was immediately drawn in by his first chapter, "Maps of Water Holes," in which he relates his crossing of the Cabeza Prieta in southern Arizona. He is following El Camino del Diablo (the Road of the Devil) no doubt so named because of the number of travelers who did not complete the journey. His "companion" is a map made in the late 1600's, by a Spanish missionary, Father Eusebio Kino. Craig is amazed at its accuracy. One of the many things that I learned is that water will be stored naturally, not where you would expect it - in the lowest points of elevation, but up high, trapped in "tinajas," rock basins. How to find these tinajas without a map - Craig finds it useful to "follow the bees."

There are major chapters on the various forms that water assumes in the desert, from the still water (the water that waits), to the water that moves, seeps, forms streams and the cataclysm of "fierce water." In the still water exists the oldest living animal on the plant, a crustacean called a "Triops." When the water disappears, these, as well as other animals and plants assume dormant states, awaiting the next appearance of the source of life.

Craig is clearly a "hands-on" researcher, and obviously loves his work, which has given him an opportunity to follow his obsession.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on 6 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
In the American West, where water politics is intimately entangled with power, this author sets out into untramelled reaches in search of desert water in a seemingly barren & unforgiving environment.
Part memoir, part paean to the infinitely changing landscape & part lessons in geology, geography & genealogy, this book lures you out of your safety zone to follow Craig Childs' footprints across scrublands, along river beds & deep, deep into voice-filled canyons.
A word about Regan Choi's artwork: imagine it "life" sized - immense jutting bones of our planet towering above cactus & tumbleweed; an Escher-like botanical drawing in exquisite detail, of water hole shrimp eggs or The Shrine or Sonoran desert spires or after the flood as seen from the floor of an overwhelming canyon. Delicate & mouth-watering!
This is a magical read, to be savored for years to come; returned to with the same delight a parched explorer returns to a shadow-cooled pool.
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The book starts off well describing the availability of water in deserts. As it progresses it gets more and more mystical and existential. The last few chapters were a real challenge - should I persist or give it up. I persisted but in retrospect I should have given it up!
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One of my all time favourite books! Craig Childs has a wonderfully poetic style and draws the reader in to his desert world. I have read it again and again. I have also read his other books which are just as good. A must read for any nature lover!
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Craig Childs is an extraordinary writer who makes you feel and see right along with him. He shares his immense "secret knowledge of water" and you will learn about things you never knew existed. I would also recommend his "Animal Dialogues" book.
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