The Monkey Wrench Gang
"And just what the hell are they planning next?"
The bridge, bedecked with bunting, steamers and Day-Glo banners, was ready. the throng prepared to unloose a cheer or two. Suddenly the center of the bridge rose up and broke in two along a jagged zigzag line. A sheet of read flame streamed skyward...
"This is their last stunt, Governor. We're on their tail, sir. We have a...more
The characters are grizzled and absurd, their actions are grandiose and delusional, and I felt a strong sense of solidarity and sympathy the whole way that ...more
Also, the surfeit of clunky, unshaven, back-of-the-VW-with-a-dog-looking-on-from-the-front-seat sex that occurs every second or third chapter couldn't have been good for my ove ...more
This book has all of that on display in droves, but also it highlights some of his weaknesses: smart-assey movie dialogue, rampant sexism and a love of bad puns. His four protagonis ...more
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 ...more
One, as a novel. Edwards Abbey writes a blazing, funny, madcap zany story of a group of four anarchist friends, hell-bent to stop the development of the southwest wilderness by crushing dams, bridges, power plants and anything else they can. On the run from the local Mormon do-gooder Search&Rescue crew, the FBI, the National Park Service and anybody else they run into, the quartet is likeable, entertaining and extremely enjoyable.
The dialogue is massive ...more
I remember when a b ...more
First what I liked: The plot is riveting, to the point of agonizing. You just want them to call it quits and save themselves! It can get a little bogged down in technical descriptions. Stylistica ...more
Despite lots of action-packed sequences, this book really took me forever to get through. I started it in ...more
I love reading the comments about Abbey. He just pissed off everybody. This was when the so-called "environmental" movement in this country had balls and snark. Now, it's pot-lucks and social events, getting anything done as an afterthought. It's "being professional"=lobotomy.
Ed walked the land and knew the land. He knew the critters like they were his friends. He read the sky. He was about our AMERICAN LAND ...more
It's not to be taken too seriously and it demands tremendous suspension of disbelief. But Abbey's erudition and clever wordplay are extraordinary. So is his ability to convey – and inspire – a conservationist ethic that completely sidesteps the sort of whiney, preachy, schmaltzy, vapid, anti-individualistic and ultimately ineffective schlock-talk that cripples too many modern-day "environmentalists."
Великолепный, музыкальный, пронзительный роман (и при этом натуральный кинематографичный триллер) о человеческом братстве, об истинном прайде перед отвратительной безликой массой Системы. Абсолютно необходим для жизни.
Por otro lado, cualquiera que ame la naturaleza y su conservación, deseará unirse de inmediato a la banda de la tenaza :)