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The Monkey Wrench Gang (P.S.) Paperback – December 12, 2006
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Written over 40 years ago, it still provide the readers with comico-politico releaf, without having to resort to action to express their dislike or certain environmentally damaging policies. --Gilberto d'Urso
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Abbey does not waste much time introducing the reader to his main characters. There is Seldom Seen Smith, a jack Mormon and river rafter who rambles around the countryside when he's not visiting his three wives. Seldom Seen quickly hooks up with Bonnie Abbzug, a Brooklyn born beauty with a predilection for older men and geodesic domes. Abbzug's flame of the moment is Doc Sarvis, an aging surgeon with a propensity for spouting off about nature and history when he's not operating on a patient. Finally, there is the hero of the story, George Washington Hayduke, a Vietnam vet who returns to his home only to discover bulldozers raping his beloved country. When the four meet up on a river-rafting excursion, Doc throws his checkbook into the ring so the four can go on an environmental rampage of astonishing proportions. No bulldozer, bridge, or member of the area's Search and Rescue team (run by the nefarious Bishop Love) is safe from the monkeywrenching activities of these four ecoterrorists.Read more ›
I couldn't help but notice that there is a little (or maybe much) of Abbey in every male character of the book: Doc Sarvis' intellectual ruminations and academic bent, Seldom Smith's knowledge of almost every nook and cranny of the canyonlands and the Four Corners area, and George Hayduke's unfettered and no-holds-barred love for the desert and penchant for irreverence, the ultimate desert rat and indestructible desert Rambo. Bonnie Abzzug personifies people, myself included, who love the desert yet do not seem to be sure exactly what to do to stop its corruption, exploitation, and destruction.
A lot of non-PC thoughts, ideas, and convictions nothwithstanding, the book leaves me wondering how much more of the desert can be paved, accessed, bridged, and defaced before we realize it's too late. The characters represent the extreme end of those who feel that "enough is enough".
Yes, Abbey was an environmentalist; but, a he was also flawed just as we all are in this area - when he was younger on his first visit to the Grand Canyon, he rolled a tire over the edge because he could. He already appreciated the American West, but the human side of him did it anyway. Yes, Abbey was a curmudgeon; but, it worked - he got the attention of everyone, on both sides of any issue.
With "The Monkey Wrench Gang", Abbey spun a fantastic tale of a hodgepodge band of characters that were bound by a love for the west, and distaste for anything that they saw as ruining it. Bonnie Abbzug, the exile from the east who couldn't stand cheap talk and always wanted action; she found a place in the canyons of the Southwest where one could hear her own thoughts - unlike the canyons of New York that she fled. Doc Sarvis, M.D., a doctor with a passion for his hobby - the burning of any billboard that ruined everyone's view of the landscape (which were pretty much all of them). Seldom Seen Smith, a few wives, a Colorado River Boatman, and a few steps ahead of the Bishop...'nuff said.
And then there is George Washington Hayduke III...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Monkey Wrench Gang presents the concept of eco-terrorism in a realistic way, forcing the reader to analyze their own view of the relationship man should have with the natural... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Barry
Author was fine. Audio narrator was not good. I'm sure I would have gotten more out of reading the book. The narrator just sounded snobby and stuck-up. Read morePublished 23 days ago by JT
Great book...The reader wants them all to survive...It's kind of like Bonnie and Klide....Published 1 month ago by Leta M. Edde
This is a dam (get it) classic is all.....I read it every five years and was really glad to see it on kindle finally. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim
This is one fun book! Everyone should read it! A saboteurs hand book for sure. Lots of humor and adventure with cliff hanger episodes laced with unlikely love triangles Will... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gene Starcher
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey is touted as a comic look at social justice warriors. True environmentalists that strive to bring the land back to its natural state. Um, no. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura at 125Pages
I read this when I was working on the Ashley Wildlife and Range Crew for the Forest Service... This was the same area that the story talks about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wil Morgan