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The Fool's Progress by Edward Abbey
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Aug 03, 08

Recommended to Mike by: a hippie friend in college
Recommended for: My brother
Read in August, 2008

I read this book several years ago and remember really liked it. So I started reading it again and I forgot how enjoyable Abby is to read.

Living on wit, sarcasm and a lot of luck, the central character, a dying Henry Lighthead (a.k.a Edward Abby?) spins a tale of his migration from Tuscon Arizona [where he has spent the past 20 odd years] back to his native home of West Virginia, accompanied by his dying dog Solstice.

Throughout the journey he recounts lost relationships, careers, marriages, loves and many many 'mistakes' along life's path. He's an anarchist redneck, chauvinistic, slightly racist hillbilly who I can't help but love.

He's passionate about the Southwest and mourns it's dying beauty. Makes me think of home.
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