The Monkey Wrench Gang

The Monkey Wrench Gang

Book - 1992
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Edward Abbey called The Monkey Wrench Gang a "comic extravaganza," which it is, although one with a clear, serious message: to protect the American wilderness from the forces of commercial enterprise. The story centers on George Hayduke, an ex-Green Beret and Vietnam vet, who returns to the Southwestern desert after the war to find his beloved canyons and rivers threatened by industrial development. On a whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River, Hayduke joins forces with three others who share his indignation and want to do something about it: feminist saboteur and Bronx exile Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D. Together they venture off to become eco-raiders, waging war on the strip miners, clear-cutters, and the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are turning their natural habitat into a wasteland. The misadventures of this motley group make for an uproarious blend of chaos, conflict, and comedy.



Publisher: New York : Avon, 1992, c1975
ISBN: 9780380713394
038071339X
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 21 cm

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LibraryUser53
Aug 17, 2013

Ecology-minded Doc, Bonnie, Seldom-Seen, and Hayduke don't take kindly to seeing their beloved American Southwest canyon country privatized, subdivided, bulldozed, paved-over, strip mined, overgrazed, or otherwise defiled by land speculators and corporate energy conglomerates. No, no they don't. That much is certain. But what to do about it? Well, let's just say they have their methods. To them, it's a battle between good and evil for the environment. "Somebody has to do it!" says Bonnie. Set in southern Utah, this group of four rag-tagged eco-freaks proceed to do it. Throw a monkey wrench into the works. In a major way. But in the end, will the "Monkey Wrench Gang" or the moneyed interests prevail? Highly recommended.

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Aug 17, 2013

When the situation is hopeless, there is nothing to worry about.

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