robert cabot



The Joshua Tree


“A gentle, musical, multilayered novel which draws deeply, intimately, and authentically on the locales of Arizona, the northern California mountains, Death Valley, and above all the high Mohave desert.

“The story of 'The Joshua Tree' is presented in a unique style achieved through the voices of Will Spear (based on the legendary Bill Keys whose grave is in the Joshua Tree National Park) and Lily, a 1960’s California girl.

“Cabot sees people in depth and time as souls alive in the wandering generations, the waves of migration, settlement, conquest, and loss, as characters caught in the larger cycles of nature, much as plants that flower and send their seeds on the winds of time and chance.

“Such a view of American Man and woman, as being in and of nature, is anti-establishment in that Cabot refuses to accept the illusions that fixed institutions and family hierarchies construct around themselves. ‘The Joshua Tree’ is created as a visionary monologue singing and speaking out of the profound depths of nature. It is thus a regenerative, optimistic, and hopeful novel, and the voice that imparts the ground tone is the meditation of the Joshua tree itself, standing as witness to the living creatures of the high desert.

“Of great interest is that Cabot has taken a great risk in attempting this novel as a poem of life; such work can easily plunge into bathos if there is hesitation, loss of control, or preciosity. What keeps the work marvelously together is the author’s mastery of words, of places, times, his sense of present human reality and possibility—and of the temporal super-reality that pervades it.

“Cabot knows what he wants to say about finding life even in the desert of our days, and he says it with eloquence and love. ‘The Joshua Tree’ has been recognized as an important novel; it is certain to be a lasting one.”
–Jascha Kessler, Professor of Modern Literature, UCLA

“The book is full of loveliness.”
–Richard Bradford, New York Times Book Review

“Cabot writes with stunning power... ”
–Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

“ ...words for us of love and hope... and a gentle warning of the curse that lies upon us all.”
–Farley Mowat

“Pushes back the conventional limits of fiction... an eloquent achievement.”
–Mark Shorer

“A hymn to man’s potentiality and a dirge for what he is... a sensual experience from which deep truths will emerge , if you let them.”
–Mary Snead Bogner, Observer

“An achievement for the art of letters... a book that belongs in print for the sake of the world.”
–Malcolm Crowley

Selected Works

"This powerful story of life-long friendship between two men is alive with vibrant details, and told in an extraordinarily musical, sonorous, evocative voice. Cabot puts his characters against a rich background of human striving and natural tumult. He fearlessly shows how a loving man can be powerless to save his best friend, or anyone, from his own fatal search for a mystical answer to the soul's questions." Susan Cheever. "The Isle of Khería" has been awarded the 2012 Independent Publishers Literary Fiction Silver Award. It is being translated into Greek by Ismene Kapantae for publication in 2015 by Hestia Publishers & Booksellers, Athens.
“ exemplary trio of novellas, each occupied with the theme of reconciliation to oneself and one’s losses, presented in often stunning prose.”–Kirkus. “Robert Cabot’s new book is as good a piece of writing as anything coming out of the United States. ”–Farley Mowat. “ ...with gratitude for the beautiful lyricism of your fine work.” –John Nichols. “Intensely dramatic, lyrically expressive and suffused with passionate feeling... Cabot’s prose shimmers with poetic imagery... ” –Publishers Weekly. "That Sweetest Wine" received the Independent Publishers 2000 Finalist Award
“A novel of enormous talent…lyrical, resonant, evocative…written con amore…tremendous control and skill…”
–William Fadiman
"The book is full of loveliness..." -- New York Times Book Review "Cabot writes with stunning power..." -- Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times "Pushes back the conventional limits of eloquent achievement." -- Mark Shorer "A book that belongs in print for the sake of the world." -- Malcolm Cowley