The Monkey Wrench Gang

The Monkey Wrench Gang

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by Edward Abbey
     
 

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Vietnam veteran George Washington Hayduke III returns home to the desert only to find his beloved canyons and rivers now threatened by industrial development. Joining forces with Bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and social outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D., Hayduke is ready to fight the

Overview

Vietnam veteran George Washington Hayduke III returns home to the desert only to find his beloved canyons and rivers now threatened by industrial development. Joining forces with Bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and social outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D., Hayduke is ready to fight the power and take on the strip miners, clear cutters, as well as the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are threatening to destroy the natural habitat.

With the Monkey Wrench Gang newly formed, the team sets out to destroy eyesores and protect their environment's natural beauty. This wildly funny and infinitely wise novel is among Abbey's most famous works of fiction. It was, in fact, so influential that the term "monkey wrench" became a blanket term for any activity performed in the name of environmental preservation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927. In 1944, at the age of 17, Abbey set out to explore the American Southwest, bumming around the country by hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. It was during this time that Abbey developed a love of the desert, which would shape his life and his art for the next forty years. After a brief stint in the military, Abbey completed his education at the University of New Mexico and later, at the University of Edinburgh. He took employment as a park ranger and fire lookout at several different National Parks throughout his life, experiences from which he drew for his many books. Abbey died at his home in Oracle, Arizona in 1989.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013068148
Publisher:
RosettaBooks
Publication date:
08/21/2011
Series:
Edward Abbey Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
60,242
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927. In 1944, at the age of 17, Abbey set out to explore the American Southwest, bumming around the country by hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. It was during this time that Abbey developed a love of the desert, which would shape his life and his art for the next forty years. After a brief stint in the military, Abbey completed his education at the University of New Mexico and later, at the University of Edinburgh. He took employment as a park ranger and fire lookout at several different National Parks throughout his life, experiences from which he drew for his many books. Abbey died at his home in Oracle, Arizona in 1989.

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The Monkey Wrench Gang 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is mischievous and absolutely funny. Written in a down to earth style that tells the adventures of four people who bring out the spirit of rabble Americans. I choose this book for a read in a college course I am taking and we just happen to have this book on our shelf. I was very pleased with this book it had me consumed in the journeys and the spirit of each character. Abbey really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you have not read this then you should it offers a much bigger perspective upon this work we do live in, now it¿s your choice if you wish to follow in the foot steps of ole George Hayduke, Doc. Savis, Seldom seen Smith, and Bonnie Abbzug!
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LeatherBoundBooks More than 1 year ago
A must read for all lovers of nature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ¿Monkey Wrench Gang¿ by Edward Abbey is set in, and around the Four Corners in the mid 1970¿s. A retired doctor, an ex green beret, a die-hard environmentalist, and a hearty outdoorsman, four eco-terrorists have joined to prevent the destruction of the land. They all have one mindset destroy any mechanics that hinder natural movement, such as dams and bridges! They don¿t do this in peaceful ways but only in mass destruction. A reader notices that the author is obviously trying to persuade them through the use of the character¿s dialect. The use of dialect between characters shows the reader plot, setting, conflict, and theme. The book shows the author¿s views and try¿s to persuade his audience. It is shows that he has a strong opinion on the Governments authority. He makes the reader think and uses a lot of action to keep them in suspense. The eco-terrorists blow up dams and bridges anything that may destroy natural movement. This shows that the author also has a strong opinion of destruction of natural land. The dialect between the characters shows these feelings well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.

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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Loved this book!
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*Climbs to the top of the skyscraper, pulls down the cut-out, stabs it, rips it to shreads, burns it, then spits on the ashes.*
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is scandalous, mischievous and absolutely right on. Written in a funny, earthy, passionate style, it tells the adventures of four miscreant people who personify the spirit of America at it's best--rabble-rousing, irrepressible, wilderness loving, and ridiculous--who decide to try to save a part of it. A wild read that will have you laughing and holding on to the edge of your seat all the way. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Monkey Wrench Gang is made up of four environmentalists who come together and take action in protecting the environment. The four environmentalists are George Hayduke, Seldom Seen Smith, A.K. Doc Sarvis and Ms. B. Abbzug. Hayduke is a burnt out old veteran, who is a little crazy, and is not afraid to take a risk. Seldom Seen Smith is a polygamist and an outdoorsman, who takes people rafting down the San Juan River. Doc Sarvis is an old doctor who lives and works in New Mexico. Bonnie Abbzug is a very gorgeous young woman who loves an adventure. She is Doc Sarvis. They all meet on a rafting trip down the San Juan River. From there they began to setup places and times to meet. Their plan is to destroy bridges, dams, machinery and anything else that affected the environment. The group organizes and plans to destroy one thing at a time. They get all the supplies they need then they go and do the job and get out of there as soon as they can. Then they all go different ways and meet up again a week or two later. The story takes place in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

Edward Abby used third person point of view in the story to give the reader very in-depth detail about each one of the characters. This point of view also shows the reader what each of the characters is doing when they were not together. When the Monkey Wrench Gang is not together, Edward Abby doesn¿t just talk about one person. He switches back and forth between the characters. He talks about one character and what they plan to do and then at the height of the action he switches to another character. By doing this he keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. Edward Abby does this repeatedly throughout the story.