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Edward Abbey called The Monkey Wrench Gang a "comic extravaganza," which it is, although one with a clear, serious message: to protect the American wilderness from the forces of commercial enterprise. The story centers on George Hayduke, an ex-Green Beret and Vietnam vet, who returns to the Southwestern desert after the war to find his beloved canyons and rivers threatened by industrial development. On a whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River, Hayduke joins forces with three others who share his indignation and want to do something about it: feminist saboteur and Bronx exile Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D. Together they venture off to become eco-raiders, waging war on the strip miners, clear-cutters, and the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are turning their natural habitat into a wasteland. The misadventures of this motley group make for an uproarious blend of chaos, conflict, and comedy.
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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 McNameeFrom the Publisher:
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. R. Crumb (illustrator). Dream Garden Press February 1985 Binding: Hardcover New in publisher's shrink wrap. 2017 reprint. Seller Inventory # 102678
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: new. Robert Crumb (illustrator). Seventh Edition. 356pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Charcoal cloth with silver stamped title on front board and backstrip. New book with no flaws. A dozen full-page illustrations and 30 chapter head illustrations by legendary sixties underground comix illustration and American icon, R. Crumb. Colorful R. Crumb dust jacket as well. Plus full page photograph of Edward Abbey and R. Crumb in Arches National Park. The late great Edward Abbey published twenty-one books during his lifetime (two posthumously). Both The Monkey Wrench Gang and Desert Solitaire have gone on to become what the author always dreaded: "classics", and have now each sold more than one million copies each. Seller Inventory # 62282
Book Description Condition: New. R. Crumb (illustrator). New. In shrink wrap. Seller Inventory # Q-094268818X