The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1) by Edward AbbeyEd Abbey called The Monkey Wrench Gang, his 1975 novel, a comic extravaganza. Some readers have remarked that the book is more a comic book than a real novel, and its true that reading this incendiary call to protect the American wilderness requires more than a little of the old willing suspension of disbelief.
The story centers on Vietnam veteran George Washington Hayduke III, who returns to the desert to find his beloved canyons and rivers threatened by industrial development. On a rafting trip down the Colorado River, Hayduke joins forces with feminist saboteur Bonnie Abbzug, wilderness guide Seldom Seen Smith, and billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D., and together they wander off to wage war on the big yellow machines, on dam builders and road builders and strip miners. As they do, his characters voice Abbeys concerns about wilderness preservation (Hell of a place to lose a cow, Smith thinks to himself while roaming through the canyonlands of southern Utah. Hell of a place to lose your heart. Hell of a place... to lose. Period).
Moving from one improbable situation to the next, packing more adventure into the space of a few weeks than most real people do in a lifetime, the motley gang puts fear into the hearts of their enemies, laughing all the while. Its comic, yes, and required reading for anyone who has come to love the desert.
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After military service in Naples, Italy, from , he enrolled in Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a year before traveling to the West. He fell in love with the desert Southwest and eventually attended the University of New Mexico, where he obtained both graduate and post-graduate degrees. Abbey was a Fulbright Fellow from Abbey was an anarchist and a radical environmentalist; these positions are reflected in his writings. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, considered by many to be his best work, is nonfiction that reflects Abbey's love for the American Southwest and draws on his experiences as a park ranger. Two collections of essays have been published since his death in Confessions of a Barbarian in and The Serpents of Paradise the following year.
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