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Hayduke Lives! (Monkey Wrench Gang #2)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  2,574 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
The sequel to The Monkey Wrench Gang featuring the ex-Green Beret George Washington Hayduke who was thought dead, but lives to fight again. The author has also written Desert Solitaire and Fool's Progress.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 4th 1991 by Back Bay Books (first published 1990)
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Jan 26, 2008 Andy rated it did not like it
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
Jun 19, 2012 Eugene Miya rated it it was ok
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.
Geoff Balme
Mar 02, 2017 Geoff Balme rated it really liked it
The follow-up to the eco-warrior's bible The Monkey-Wrench Gang has our heroes once again coming to the rescue of the fragile and over-grazed southwest (Abbey's beloved lands) which are once again being sold and perverted for the short term gains of profiteers (so it goes and has been going for as long as we can remember--i note that Franzen borrowed a bit on this theme as well for Freedom) . . . or, depending how you look at it, being carefully exploited by savvy businessmen who wish to "better ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2013 Gary Letham rated it liked it
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
Ian Davies
May 31, 2012 Ian Davies rated it it was ok
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
Benjamin Richards
Feb 10, 2017 Benjamin Richards rated it did not like it
Oh the horror! This, alongside Stephen Kings' Cujo is one of the worst books I have ever read. At least with Cujo I read it from cover to cover but this poor excuse of a sequel I cannot even bring to words my disappointment. I mean, is this the same writer? I know Edward Abbey passed away in 1989 and this was published in 1990, does this mean some halfwit, nincompoop finished an unfinished manuscript?

What makes my bitter disappointment compounded is that I loved, loved, loved The Monkey Wrench G
Jul 10, 2009 Tinea rated it liked it
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
Michael Wing
Jan 14, 2011 Michael Wing rated it liked it
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
Sep 05, 2008 Jason rated it liked it
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
Rev. Nyarkoleptek
Dec 18, 2008 Rev. Nyarkoleptek rated it did not like it
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
Feb 21, 2011 Steve rated it liked it
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
Nov 17, 2010 Jfk rated it liked it
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
May 01, 2013 Jake rated it it was ok
I loved The Monkey Wrench Gang, but my expectations weren't too high for this sequel. I would say that my expectations were met. Some zany characters, a Utah setting, a villainous bishop, a returned missionary named Oral Hatch, hippies, polygamists, anarchists, etc. The plot wasn't great and it was pretty corny, but I still liked revisiting the monkey wrench characters. Read it if you enjoyed MRG, otherwise skip it.
Susan Emmet
Jan 05, 2011 Susan Emmet rated it liked it
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
Aug 11, 2013 Kirstin rated it it was ok
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
Max Nemtsov
Jul 17, 2014 Max Nemtsov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
This book was a fun romp into the world of environmental activism. You will be laughing as you read about the Earth First! Activists and their battles to protect the desert wilderness areas from being turned into oil, gas and uranium mines; hotels, parking lots, condos and golf courses. This is a great sequel to Edward Abbey's Monkey Wrench Gang. Read that, then read this. There is a reason why Edward Abbey's books are considered classics. They are super good, irreverent, and laugh out loud funn ...more
David Koblos
Sep 11, 2015 David Koblos rated it really liked it
Shelves: freedom
Did The Monkey Wrench Gang need a sequel? Probably not. Does this book offer anything that the first one didn't? Doubt it. Still, it is a worthwhile read, especially since it is the last book by Edward Abbey, who has always been known for his outspoken defense of nature and life in its crudest form. This last novel of his just shines through and through with his fierce rebellion against the monstrous machine that's eating up our world, in all its manifestations.
Stevahkno  Fwaurmo
May 31, 2011 Stevahkno Fwaurmo rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2014 Michael Burhans rated it liked it
Shelves: political, novel
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.
William Bevill
May 28, 2015 William Bevill rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-read
Flashes of brilliance in the book are few and far between. Falls very very short of its original "Monkey Wrench Gang" and loses so much of the fun moments that made that book so wonderful and funny. We would have always been left wondering if Abbey had a sequel in him and what happened to these characters; alas, we got to find out.
Oct 24, 2016 Stephen rated it it was ok
The plot begins four-fifths of the way in. The two hundred pages prior are rambling arguments and stream-of-consciousness internal monologues, with randy characters meditating on other characters' boobs on every other page. I like reading Abbey, but the ol' boy was on something when he did this. Frat boys would find it too sophomoric.

Jul 07, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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!
Michael Graber
May 24, 2016 Michael Graber rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first book, Hayduke Lives! brings our comic heroes back in the saga to preserve the Earth from those who aim to mine, deforest, and pave over it for something as shallow as money. New characters add diversity to the story. A must read for anyone fighting a corrupt system, even in a local level.
Brenda Woods
May 06, 2014 Brenda Woods rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 02, 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.
Oct 19, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
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.
May 31, 2008 B rated it it was amazing
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.
Lynn Miller
Aug 04, 2013 Lynn Miller rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the original, "The Monkey Wrench Gang," it is still quite good, and I have had the pleasure of meeting the real gentleman who G. W. Hayduke is patterned after. It is true to character.
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Edward Paul Abbey (1927 – 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views.

Abbey attended college in New Mexico, and then worked as a park ranger and fire lookout for the National Park Service in the Southwest. It was during this time that he developed the relationship with the area's environm
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