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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film never made
Forget Indiana Jones....The Monkey Wrench Gang would make any of the Speilberg/Ford IJ franchise films look like earnest Chekov plays if it ever made it onto the silver screen.
Abbey writes a cinematic epic charged with humour,passion and love.
The love of wilderness and the loathing of capitalist 'progress' which sees the great canyons and deserts of the...
Published on 16 Oct 2005 by Arthur Dooley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a little repetitive
The Monkey Wrench Gang is the story of a group of eco-warriors who seek to prevent exploitation of the American wilderness, using sabotage. It had its moments: some were very funny and some made me, as a tourist to Lake Powell many years ago, feel very guilty. However, my eyes did glaze over at the detailed descriptions of a bulldozer's mechanisms, and the nth chase...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film never made, 16 Oct 2005
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Arthur Dooley (N Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Monkey Wrench Gang (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Forget Indiana Jones....The Monkey Wrench Gang would make any of the Speilberg/Ford IJ franchise films look like earnest Chekov plays if it ever made it onto the silver screen.
Abbey writes a cinematic epic charged with humour,passion and love.
The love of wilderness and the loathing of capitalist 'progress' which sees the great canyons and deserts of the American South West raped in the name of commerce.
Abbey's hostility towards the corporate/government sponsored eco vandals and his direct action response articulated in the pages of TMWG, inspired those who shared his vision to create a powerful environmental group 'Earth First'.
Now... How many books can claim to have started a green revolution !
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark for grown-ups, 18 Jun 2002
This review is from: The Monkey Wrench Gang (Paperback)
The Green political movement does not have its equivalent of the Communist Manifesto, possibly because it does not have a single ideological strain. What it does have is The Monkey Wrench Gang for inspiration, to return to when campaigning and personality politics has left you jaded.
Telling the tale of an odd-ball quartet of radical environmentalists (monkey-wrenchers, so-called because they stick a literal and metaphorical monkey-wrench into the machinery of environmental degradation) as they look for ever more effective and devastating ways of preventing the rape of the American wilderness.
Accusations of racism and sexism would not be completely unfounded but Abbey was exploring new political terrain...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a rip-roaring adventure, 7 Oct 2007
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Stephen J. Mason "sjmason6074" (isle of arran, scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Monkey Wrench Gang (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
This is one of those books that takes over your life for the days that you read it, getting time to spend with this book will be a priority.

Although written in 1975 it doesn't seem dated, in fact far from it as Abbey's attitude to environmental concerns isn't very PC and so refreshing from that point of view. He is able to describe the feelings of the desert with a rare clarity and mix that with the horrors of industrial exploitation of the landscape.

It may have an environmental theme, but the main thrust of the story is a high octane adventure, made appealing because the protagonists are such an odd ball collection of characters.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny but very stimulating view of environemtal issues, 1 Nov 1999
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I first encountered this book whilst travelling in Utah and Arizona many years ago. However, it remains a firm favorite and is a book I have recommended to many friends. Edward Abbey paints a picture of how we are destroying our environment with little regard for anything but monetary value. However. he wraps this message in a exciting story that is a is so much more than just a campaign gimmick. It is far from a 'heavy' read but underneath it packs a powerful punch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Silent Spring, 17 Feb 2009
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Brian Buckley "brianbuckley" (Melbourne) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Monkey Wrench Gang (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
If Hunter S Thompson was an environmentalist, he'd be a paid-up member of The Monkey Wrench Gang.

A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great find, 28 Jan 2014
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Bought this for my Uncle's birthday pressie and he was very pleased. For anyone interested in Environmental issues it seems to be a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, thought provoking and a great story!, 23 Dec 2013
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Edward Abbey's classic tale of environmentalist/anti-capitalists traveling around the US south west undertaking schemes of direct action is a thrilling romp of a tale that engages and enthralls. Well written, well paced and providing enough information about the causes to make you want to know more, whether you agree with them or not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read, 25 Aug 2013
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This is an excellent book that I would recommend to everyone. Abbey's style of writing is gripping and I forgot I was reading most of the time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eco warriors - 70s style, 16 May 2013
This review is from: The Monkey Wrench Gang (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Abbey's manifesto for the eco movement is a balls out, twelve-bore, roller-coaster of a tale with a serious political and philsophical message.

Four well-meaning but equally troubled misfits from society, ageing surgeon Doc Sarvis, his much younger tent-dwelling girlfriend Bonnie Abbzug, outdoorsman and bigamist "Seldom Seen" Smith and crazy as a mud-bug US army veteran George Hayduke, stumble through the Arizona wilderness causing mayhem and destroying the monsters of industry that are ruining their much-loved land.

There's plenty of dynamiting and smashing, burning and crushing, and Abbey delights in the technical details of how to effectivly vandalise any number of large structures and machinery. There are night time escapades a-plenty and tense flights from the clutches of law enforcement.

The other side of this boys-own tale though, is a sensitive peaan to the beauty of nature and the lost wilds of the authentic Old West. Abbey knows his pinyon pines from his cottonwoods and the descriptions are often deeply touching and evocative. It is a human story too, describing the blossoming of love and friendships amongst these tough old whack-jobs.

Read it then go out and plant a tree and tear down a billboard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant, 20 Mar 2013
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A great story of eco-anarchy.

Would rather have the old cartoon cover, but this edition is well-worth buying for the introduction by Sclosser, and Redford's foreword.
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