The Fool's Progress

The Fool's Progress

by Edward Abbey
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The Fool's Progress by Edward Abbey

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780805009217
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/1988
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 485

About 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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I've never read a more descriptive story. It was really like I was along for the ride. His description of the forest trees, animals, sounds, the desert landscape etc. were so captivating and intriguing. I could'nt put the book down. Edward Abbey is so thorough in his filling in of all pertinent information as he weaves the story, theme and facts that truly put you next to him (and his dog) in the front seat of that broken down truck. I'd like to re-read it but there are many more Abbey books in my near future. Bravo!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, rollicking romp, lyrically written, with all the pathos and earthy humor one could ask for. This book is about America, the land, as much as the adventures of it's protagonist. It's heartfelt, sad and funny, a great book to immerse you in the feeling of what it's like to be in love, filled with wanderlust, and searching for your roots. A great book,
Guest More than 1 year ago
Henry Lightcap is an average hillbilly redneck living in Tucson, Arizona who has just lost his third wife. This was the last straw for Henry, so he loads up his Dodge pick-up, puts his dying dog into the cab and leaves, heading east, for home. As he travels cross-country, he thinks of earlier times, when things started to go wrong and things that went right. On his way home, he says goodbye to old friends who are some very interesting characters. This is a very funny and interesting book, which we could all benefit from.

This book, like many of Abbey's books, talks a lot about nature and society (or better nature versus society). This world we live in has become a very complicated and stressful place, but we can all be happier by simplifying our lives. In 'The Fool's Progress,' Henry Lightcap leaves his complicated city life behind to rejoin his brother in the simplicity of living on the family farm. This theme is very evident throughout this book. In many of Henry's flashbacks, he seems much happier when his life is much simpler. One of Henry's flashbacks deals with a time when he was working as a park ranger, living alone in a small horse trailer. During this time, he is happy and content with himself. At the end of his six-month stint as a ranger, he gets a letter from his (first) wife asking him to live with her in New York City. He then goes to New York and is miserable. We can all learn a great deal from this book and its theme. To truly be happy we must learn to simplify.

Guest More than 1 year ago
At least that is how he makes me feel. His honesty toward everything in life is now reflected back on him in this sad but realistic tale. Although a novel, Abbey fans will recognize the hero Henry as more than a fictional character. It is a celebration of life set in melodramatic form as a man reflects upon lifes victories and mistakes. I loved this book because I will end up the same way as poor Henry. Consider the source though, Edward Abbey is my hero!!