When his third wife abandons him in Tucson, boozing, misanthropic anarchist Henry Holyoak Lightcap shoots his refrigerator and sets off in a battered pick-up truck for his ancestral home in West Virginia. Accompanied only by his dying dog and his memories, the irascible warhorse (a stand-in for the "real" Abbey) begins a bizarre cross-country odyssey--determined to make peace with his past--and to wage one last war against the ravages of "progress."
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Just before he died in 1989, Ed Abbey published what he called his "honest novel," one loosely based on his own life. Early in its opening pages, Abbey's alter ego, Lightcap, takes off from his nearly empty home (its contents just removed by a disgruntled spouse) in Tucson, Arizona--but not before shooting his refrigerator, a hated symbol of civilization. Lightcap makes a winding journey by car to his boyhood home in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, calling on old friends along the road, visiting Indian reservations and out-of-the-way bars, and reminiscing about the triumphs and follies of his life. Readers would be mistaken to view this as pure autobiography, but The Fool's Progress nonetheless is an illuminating look into Abbey's time and his way of thinking, especially on matters of ecology and other social issues. It's also a picaresque tale humorously and artfully told, a book that Abbey himself rightly regarded as one of his best works of fiction. --Gregory McNameeAbout the Author:
The author of Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang is unchallenged among radicals of all ages. Edward Abbey, an American icon, called "the original fly in the ointment" by Tom McGuane, today has roads and a town named after him.
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Book Description Holt Paperbacks. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0805057919 After his third wife leaves him and he shoots his refrigerator, drunken, cynical anarchist Henry Holyroak Lightcap and his dying dog embark on an outlandish journey to West Virginia to atone for past mistakes and to battle the destructive forces of "progress." Reprint. 20,000 first printing. Bookseller Inventory # 4198969
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Book Description Holt Paperbacks, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 0805057919 Brand new softcover book! ; Ornery and unpredictable, "Edward Abbey was an autobiography," writes the farmer-poet Wendell Berry, "speaking as and for himself, fighting, literally, for dear life." And this novel, the "fat masterpiece," as Ed labeled it, was his most important piece of writing: it reveals the complete Ed Abbey, from the green grass of his memory as a child in Appalachia to his approaching death in tucson at age sixty-two. Funny and ribald, it offers what larry McMurtry has called Abbey's "fine particularity," the authority of "a writer who feels a lot and then manages to transcend his own notions of himself." ; 1.4 x 8.2 x 5.5 Inches; 528 pages; Bookseller Inventory # 51076
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Book Description A Holt Paperback / A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. Later Printing. 513pp. Octavo [21 cm] Pictorial softcover. New book with no flaws. This novel, the "fat masterpiece," as Ed labeled it, was his most important piece of writing: it reveals the complete Ed Abbey, from the green grass of his memory as a child in Appalachia to his approaching death in Tucson at age sixty-two. Bookseller Inventory # 35416
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Book Description Henry Holt and Company, New York, New York, 1998. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Long after his Desert Solitaire won him a national readership, Edward Abbey provides the fat masterpiece and operatic plainsong that writers and critics have been waiting for. The Fool's Progress is a foil for our culture's cliches and good intentions, and it manages to give meaning to the tumultuous post-World War II years. New Book. Bookseller Inventory # 042123
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