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Ed 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 it's 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 Abbey's 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. It's comic, yes, and required reading for anyone who has come to love the desert. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Mixes comedy and chaos with enough chase sequences to leave you hungering for more." - --San Francisco ChronicleSee all Editorial Reviews
Wonderful book. A fun adventure about a handful of misfit hippies and environmental activists who get carried away. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Richard A. Leiter
This is the 6th or 7th copy I've bought [give then to friends] and I've read it half a dozen times. The sequel "Hayduke Lives" is also great.Published 1 month ago by louis weinbeck
The Monkey Wrench Gang holds up well; is still entertaining and thought provoking. All of the characters are flawed, but that may be the point. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nona
I read this book after it was referenced by Neil Peart in his post-personal tragedy chronology, Ghost Rider - funny how reading lists are derived. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Terry Croyle
I read this classic several years ago. Wanted a copy for a future read. Learn and enjoy I did.Published 3 months ago by J. E GILCHRIST