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Rusty Monkey Wrench
on 9 October 2005
I'm pretty high up in the Edward Abbey disciple stakes. The man's a brilliant writer...a sage...a prophet...a wit...a revolutionary and an inspiration to anyone who shares his green vision.
Furthermore,his political incorrecetness and his determination to plough his own furrow mark him out from the vegan fascists who do so much to damage the cause of envirionmentalism with their po faced fundementalism.
After saying that.'Hayduke Lives' is a disappointment after the wonderfully cinematic vision of 'The Monkey Wrench Gang'. Ed is going through the motions.A contrived and rather silly final excursion for the gang.
Goes to show....quit while your ahead. Thank God Abbey continued to write fine essays-published in various collections- right up to his death.
If you haven't read Abbey yet. Don't start with this novel. It could be your last and his genius doesn't deserve that.