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Hayduke Lives! by Edward Abbey
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Dec 18, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: sociopolitical, _-_hated_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 genuine (if deeply sad) that it has a power that Hayduke Lives! never achieved.

A valiant, brave effort, but not Abbey's best.

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