George Hayduke is a revolutionary He believes that humans have the ability to shape our world and he cares enough about the outcome that he is willing to devote his life to the struggle to regain control We need about a million Haydukes This book could help to bring them out of hiding Thank you Ed Abbey for creating this parable May monkey wrenching grow and prosper and show us the way to share the earth susatainably and in peace.
Ex Green Beret George Hayduke Has Returned From War To Find His Beloved Southwestern Desert Threatened By Industrial Development Joining With Bronx Exile And Feminist Saboteur Bonnie Abzug, Wilderness Guide And Outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, And Libertarian Billboard Torcher Doc Sarvis, MD Hayduke Is Ready To Fight The Power Taking On The Strip Miners, Clear Cutters, And The Highway, Dam, And Bridge Builders Who Are Threatening The Natural Habitat The Monkey Wrench Gang Is On The Move And Peaceful Coexistence Be Damned I decided to read Monkey Wrench Gang because one book of Edward Abbey s or another was always sitting at my late father s bedside table My Dad tended to read existential, philosophical novels and was a big fan of Hemingway and Camus Clearly I had the wrong idea of what Abbey was about The Monkey Wrench Gang does occasionally wax philosophically, but only in the midst of one character whining or thinking about the bourgeois influence of sanitized American adulthood on the natural environment Most of Abbey s energy in Monkey Wrench Gang is spent having a good time following a troupe of 4 troublemakers each shaking off their own shackles of middle aged boredom to help fight for environmental freedom But what I found I liked most about Abbey was that, if that was his plot, it s devoid of any sentimentality, any politeness, and even just the occasional whiff of sympathy, even for the characters we care about At its center, George Hayduke, the beer guzzling sorta traumatised vet who never met a can of cheap beer he didn t like, is so fun to watch not because of his drive, but because his drive to clean up the environment seems to come from nothing than his hatred of anything besides open land, and even then, he d never be able to put that into words For a 400 page book, Abbey s narrative never slags there s always a race, a crime, or a good yelling match keeping the book moving And then there s that philosophical sense, which shows up in asides throughout the book, making Abbey s writing a lot like a Vonnegut or Tom Robbins prone to smart observations that make you like the writer even than you thought you already did Take this observation, on women going to bed before men while camping The ladies first Not because they were the weaker sex they were not but simply because they had sense Men on an outing feel obliged to stay up drinking to the vile and bilious end, jabbering, mumbling, and maundering through the blear, to end up finally on hands and knees, puking on innocent sand and befouling God s sweet earth The manly tradition Observations like that show how punchy Abbey can be in making a point, even is his point is that civilized westerners, to the environment and beyond, have been pretty annoying.
I ve read this book a few times now, Edward Abbey truly is an amazing author This book takes you on a journey through environmental stewards or eco terrorists as some might say The activism in the name of the environment is riveting and exciting This is one of those books you stay up through the night reading
The adventures of George Hayduke, Doc Savis, Bonnie Abzug and Seldom Seen Smith as they attempt to fight back against development and the destruction of the West by destroying bulldozers, dams and the egos of their pursuers are cartoonishly entertaining Today, the idea of an environmentalist throwing a beer can out of a car window seems than a little odd In 1975, however, Abby seemed to be combining the mythic image of the Marlborough man with some new age sensitivity to the environment to create characters who both entertain and enlighten and have held up well for 40 years.
If you are looking for a light read to entertain you on a flight or at the beach, and have missed it in the past, The Monkey Wrench Gang is a great choice It is also worth reading to get some historical knowledge and understand where Earth First got some of their ideas So enjoy the humor, the descriptions of the West and your trip back in time with one of the books that inspired the environmental movement.