Fool's Progress

Fool's Progress

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by Edward Abbey
     
 

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Long after his Desert Solitaire won him a national readership, Edward Abbey provides the fat masterpiece and operatic plainsong that writers and critics have been waiting for. The Fool's Progress is a foil for our culture's cliches and good intentions, and it manages to give meaning to the tumultuous post-World War II years.  See more details below

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Long after his Desert Solitaire won him a national readership, Edward Abbey provides the fat masterpiece and operatic plainsong that writers and critics have been waiting for. The Fool's Progress is a foil for our culture's cliches and good intentions, and it manages to give meaning to the tumultuous post-World War II years.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a wild, picaresque novel, nature-loving Henry Lightcap makes a despairing odyssey across a lovely but ruined land from Tucson, Ariz., to the Appalachian family farm run by his brother; penniless, Henry has nowhere else to go.
Library Journal
Long a rabid defender of the wilderness, a man who has taken an almost anarchic view of the concept of individual freedom, Abbey offers his first fiction in 12 years. The story of a man's journey home (both literally and figuratively), this work is a bitterly humorous commentary on the foibles of modern society and its impact on nature. Government officials, tourists, developers, hippies, Mexicans, Indians -- all feel his wrath. For all its surface crudity and earthiness, this novel is full of passion and pathos; Henry Lightcap's lifelong struggle to maintain his individuality and more immediate struggle to complete his journey from Tucson to Stump Creek, West Virginia, assume almost heroic proportions. A powerful, often hauntingly beautiful novel. -- .David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
From the Publisher

“Praise the earth for Edward Abbey.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Abbey can attain a kind of glory in his writing. He takes scenes that have been well-traveled by other writers and recreates them as traditional American myth.” —The New York Times Book Review

“We are living...among punishments and ruins. For those who know this, Edward Abbey's books remain an indispensable solace.” —Wendell Berry

“He is the voice of all that is ornery and honorable.” —Alice Hoffman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380708567
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/1990
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 8.03(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

The author of Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang is unchallenged among radicals of all ages. Edward Abbey, an American icon, called "the original fly in the ointment" by Tom McGuane, today has roads and a town named after him.

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