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The Monkey Wrench Gang

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    Fuuny, entertaining book

    Funny, entertaining book This book is so well known in the activist community, as well as Abbey. It is a controversial book but by no means is it lacking entertainment! It does have some crude humor, and there are some parts you will really disagree with, but it is laugh out loud funny & the situations have such truth to them. Abbey's characters use direct actions to attack those abusing the earth for profit. The writing was so ahead of it's time! Really a timeless book. If you are into animal rights, enviromentalism, etc it really is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Saving the West from the Industrial Revolution

    Amidst the narrow canyons of the American Southwest, Edward Abbey creates a tale uniting four unlikely companions under one goal: To end the development of the desert southwest and return it to its original state before it was introduced to the punishing work of man. Hayduke, an ex-special forces officer, joins a seasoned raft guide named Seldom Seen Smith who both then meet Bonnie Abbzug and Doc Sarvis on a raft trip. It is on this trip that the foursome chooses to form a gang determined to stop the damaging effects of progress by almost any means. The book follows the crew as they travel from one area to another, destroying construction equipment and other symbols of development as they go. The interaction between characters is hilarious, and their differences only make the book more appealing. Complete with danger and romance, 'The Monkey Wrench Gang' is truly a thorough piece of literature. <p> Countless times Abbey writes of the beauty and bountiful miracles of the desert and each time it is the same area in which the gang is saving from inevitable doom. Abbey describes how the scenery surrounding the characters has a beauty which is difficult to challenge. In an excellent example, Abbey writes, 'The stars looked down. Preliminary premonitions of the old moon already modifying the eastern reaches. There was no wind, no sound but the vast transpiration, thinned to a whisper by distance¿'(90). The setting also offers an incredible background to the intense action going on throughout the book. Whether it is a high-speed chase over narrow roads and along steep canyon walls or a ride down an immense canyon, Abbey always dedicates a beautiful passage to each area in the book. Setting helps to develop the tone of the book as well. By describing, in detail, each region, Abbey gives the sense of true rage and resentment to those who dare to touch this land. The theme is also well-developed due to Abbey's great description of the desert. Those who choose to destroy something beautiful for their personal gain must be challenged, no matter how great the enemy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Loved this book!

    Loved this book!

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