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Hayduke Lives!

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  2,079 ratings  ·  84 reviews
This superb sequel to The Monkey Wrench Gang, the novel that was called "ribald, outrageous, and, in fact, scandalous" by Smithsonian, is finally available in paperback. Hayduke, an ex-Green Beret and "wilderness avenger," was last seen hanging from a cliff, under fire from both a helicopter and a posse. Now he's back, fighting against the despoilers of the earth.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 4th 1991 by Back Bay Books (first published 1990)
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I wanted to find out what happened next to the gang but after a few chapters I felt like I was standing in line at a mini-mart checkout with all those porno magazines staring at you wherever you look. I was disappointed in how dirty old cactus Ed became and didn't even finish this one.
Eugene Miya
Abbey's conclusion is a little wak and may disappoint some. It could have been stronger.

Kind of a corresponding book might be Ecotopia Rising by Ernest Callenbach. Sorry sequels do ten to be weaker, and this shows it.
Ian Davies
Years after the release of his seminal work, The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey comes round to finish the story and confront the real-life consequences of his original story, namely the foundation of Earth First! and the creation of America's radical environmentalist movement.

Skeezier, dirtier, bloodier, and much more pointed in its criticisms of the industrial model than The Monkey Wrench Gang, yet Hayduke Lives! left me unsatisfied. The plot is wirey and meandering, the characters not as fre
Yes, by George, Hayduke lives! Fervent admirers of the Abbey oeuvre will not have doubted this contention for a moment. For those who are only just coming across this rascally desert rat for the first time, I should perhaps note that George Hayduke has appeared in a sister volume, the now infamous "The Monkey Wrench Gang." At the conclusion of that earlier work, George Hayduke's fate seemed to be hanging rather desperately in the balance. However, not even the untimely death of Edward Abbey, in ...more
Gary Letham
I read The Monkey Wrench Gang a few months back, had never heard of it but was immediately captivated by the story, the characters and Abbey's real love, the American South West. I was intrigued to read the sequel, Hayduke Lives! and again travel with the "Gang" Bonnie, Doc, Seldom & the seminal anti hero himself, George Washington Hayduke III.
The story isn't as tight as its predecessor, lacks the focus and isn't quite clear where its story lies at first. The first book had its four main he
Jul 22, 2009 Tinea rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: radical environmentalists and earth firsters
Recommended to Tinea by: Fidget
The sequel to the Monkeywrench Gang is nothing as good as the first, but still surprisingly good. A little slow to start, but eventually picking up pace, I'll admit it, Hayduke Lives was exciting and rabble rousing. This book includes Earth First! and its founders, and 'documents' a little early EF! history, situating the original gang into one of the first Round River Rendezvous. Abbey even namedrops himself, and at times the book is so self-indulgent that it's probably only great to those in t ...more
Max Nemtsov
Чуть более торопливый и сбивчивый, чем первый роман, с выходами в риторику, но все равно отличный роман. Он, конечно, уже не так вдохновенен, но концептуально держит воду: когда из дела любви (или ненависти) вырастает "движение", когда анархический выплеск канализируется в организацию (даже такую, как EF!), "авторам идеи" приходится иметь дело с этими последствиями. Ну, или не иметь, как это происходит здесь с первоначальной Бандой Разводного Ключа. "Хейдьюк жив" тоже очень честный текст и тоже ...more
Brenda Woods
While I'm completely in tune with the themes and messages within this book, I could not stomach the leering attitude taken toward women on every page, which seemed to border on misogynistic. I've only ever "given up" on a book 5 or 6 times in my life, and this was one of them. I really enjoyed the Monkey Wrench Gang, so I hoped to appreciate this book also. No such luck; I put it away in disgust.
Michael Wing
That being the third Abbey book, I think I will something less radical. Hayduke lIves is not as well written as The Monkeywrench Gang, but is follows similar battles between the establishment and the tree huggers. Of course, the capitalists care nothing for humanity and environment as they thrash roads and waste the earth. The civil disobeyers flask signs, butts and bullets to stop the attack on Nature. The humor and hippie-ism is old but still tickles the brain. I can only take so many adjectiv ...more
Hilarious at times, rambling as an old senile loner at others, often exciting yet mostly predictable. In depth character development did little but delay the plot. The protagonist, George Hayduke, who can't talk or think without swearing, comes off as the most hypocritical personality of the bunch. As a crusader of the environment he does much to wreck it himself, although in most cases it can be argued it's for the greater good. The setting of the book is obviously as important if not more so t ...more
This book felt like it was thrown together by Edward Abbey solely out of a feel for the need of a sequel to "The Monkey Wrench Gang." It was loosely held together at times with cavernous holes of time, space, and activity between the action in the book which left me wondering about what the characters were doing when they weren't on the page. Too many loose ends at times. The ending left open the door for a sequel, and I have not investigated to see if there is one. With Abbey's passing in 1989, ...more
Rev. Nyarkoleptek
I really enjoyed Monkey Wrench Gang, but this book just didn't have nearly the same impact. There were some glaring plot holes that I couldn't ignore, and the general feeling that I got out of this was of a dying, cynical idealist trying to build a story of hope and defiant joy for those left behind, while not really feeling the hope and joy necessary to make the story sing. Abbey's The Fool's Progress, on the other hand, is heartbreakingly tragic, but the emotions portrayed in that book are so ...more
I've heard a lot of criticism that the sequal was not as good as "The Monkey Wrench Gang", honestly, I think they are pretty well on par with one another. You get the been-there-done-that feeling, the plot is meandering as before. The characters are slightly tweaked, but retain most of their original qualities. Admittedly Hayduke himself takes on a more superhero persona, but all said and done its a decent book. The critique of modern culture takes on a life of its own, almost out of the hands o ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Being a non-Mormon, environmentalist, desert-lover in Utah, I thought this book was hilarious! (and you know, pretty upsetting because it's all so true).

Not the easiest book for me to get through, but I'll always love Abbey's writing about the desert of Southern Utah/Northern Arizona. So far, he's the only one that I've read that really 'captures' the desert!
Not as good as The Monkey Wrench Gang
Susan Emmet
I wandered non-lonely with Hayduke and his Monkey Wrech Gang henchmen and women. They take on local Morman uranium miners and developers to kill GOLIATH, the monstrous desert-chomping combine monster, some seven stories tall. Bonnie, Doc Sarvis, Seldom Seen, the Lone Ranger and a cast of cool characters (my favorites are the bovine Morman Bishop and his Rangerette lover, Ms. Dick). Usual Abbey crudity, crudites and crud. He makes me laugh - and makes me glad that there remain desperadoes lurking ...more
I love Abbey but I didn't love this book. Basically, nothing happens until the final chapter and even that isn't very exciting. The characters haven't really developed any further, there is basically no story line, and the Abbeyesque descriptions go on a little too long. Plus, it seems the author was taking Viagra when he wrote the book because the whole thing sounds like it was written by a horny old man. A pale continuation of the glory of the Monkey Wrench Gang. Too much of the author in this ...more
Stevahkno  Fwaurmo
It was a good book i really did enjoy it. The characters arent quite the same from the first book, monkey wrench gang, but they were still pretty enjoyable. I wasnt very fond of Abby's excessive examples throughout the book. I found myself skipping an entire paragraph full of examples. When three would of been sufficient he used 10-20. But over all I enjoyed this book very much and was glad i read it. Definitely worth the read.
Michael Burhans
I wanted so much to love this book, but it just fell short of the original. It also had some plot conflicts with the original. I still enjoyed it, but I had a hard time finishing it. Still worth the read if you loved The Monkey Wrench Gang, might be a tad confusing if you had not.
Dec 10, 2009 Jared added it
More classic Abbey for sure. His character development is beyond compare, which lies in his ability to divulge these personality traits in stark, grim, and often vulgar ways. And although this was merely a sequel and nowhere near either the Monkey Wrench Gang or the Fool’s Progress, his honesty about relationships, men, women, and society is as good as always.
Written 15 years after The Monkey Wrench Gang, this sequel was fun to read. Abbey's familiar themes of sticking it to the man and preservation of nature are present, though I don't feel that this title added anything to the events that transpired in TMWG.
Not nearly as good as its prequel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, but it was nice to read Edward Abbey again and be reunited with the fab four. The profundity and adventure in The Monkey Wrench Gang outshines that of this book, but it's still a fun read. The book definitely redeems itself at the end.
Anyone that has ever read Ed Abbey knows that Hayduke is Abbey's alter-ego. Abbey let it all hang out in his last book; anyone that wants to understand the Southern Utah environmental movement should read Abbey's Monkey Wrench Gang, and then his parting shot.
Interesting twist on eco-terrorists, cast as usually good people willing to do almost any sort of evil in the name of nature, vs. the bad developers, miners, etc. First novel I've read that cast a Mormon as the lead bad guy. Strange doin's out yonder.
A sequel to The Monkeywrench Gang, in which the Gang gets back together after a period of lying low. Not as fresh or original as the first (I can't really remember the details after 4 years), but a fun read if you enjoyed the early adventures of the Gang.
Definitely not as good as the Monkeywrench Gang. Abbey let his prejudices show too much, and he included a lot of nonsense at the start. I was really hoping that he would have picked up with the Glen Canyon Dam like he hinted at in the first book.
May 14, 2008 Robin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone should read it
A quick, fun, exciting read with lots of good tips and a great last return to the members of the Monkey Wrench gang. The only sad part to the whole novel is knowing it was Edward Abbey's last.
At least he went out with a bang having a good time.
Richard Downey
The continuing saga of the Monkey Wrench Gang. When I first read this book, I thought it paled very miserably compared to Monkey Wrench. However, several years have passed and I now think it is nearly as good as the first one.
Canard Frère
Peut-être un poil plus caustique que le premier tome, mais les dialogues ont toujours ce côté un peu pompeux. C'est finalement surtout un roman-défouloir pour son auteur, qui ne me laissera pas un souvenir impérissable.
Gotta, gotta, gotta read it. Simply have to. No doubt about it. I think Al should put this on his book list too. I think he missed a few things when he invented global warming. Abbey points them out quite clearly.
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