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Hayduke Lives!

by Edward Abbey

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Not Abbey's finest novel but his last and the only one I hadn't read. Of course he zings everyone in sight. ( )
  mikeluster | Jul 30, 2013 |
Very poor follow-up to the Monkey Wrench Gang. The characters have all changed and gone down less interesting, less noble, and less effective paths. The story line itself is fractured and verging on the pointless- seemingly more a smashed together collection of scenes in environmental activism that Abbey had witnessed over the years rather than any coherent plot. If you enjoyed Monkey Wrench, you may not want to bother with Hayduke... ( )
  Kaelkivial | Jan 5, 2012 |
A disappointing follow-up to Abbey's classic Monkeywrench Gang follows the same characters through new adventures, but the familiar characters aren't as well fleshed out, and aren't nearly as appealing as in the first book. ( )
1 vote quantum_flapdoodle | Apr 11, 2011 |
A great sequel to a great book. The Monkeywrench Gang, well 3 out of 4 of them anyway, attempt to settle down and use more traditional ways of fighting for the land they love. We find Seldom Scene Smith at environmental hearings about uranium mining and exploitation of American land by foreign companies. Doc Sarvis is working at the local childrens clinic dealing with the (coincidentally?) high number of cancer and leukemia cases near the uranium mines and downwind from the nuclear test sites in Nevada. Bonnie has settled down as Doc’s wife and is trying to be a good mother. Hayduke is presumed dead even with the continued monkeywrenching attributed to the Earth First!’ers and other “radicals”.

Abbey’s protagonists come out of retirement and probation to take on the GOLIATH, the largest earthmover ever built, as it marches up the canyonlands to stripmine one of their beloved canyons. ( )
  jveezer | Oct 17, 2010 |
Edward Abbey is a personal hero and this book is quite fun. Abbey creates heroes out of unlikely folks and they are broken messed up people that do messed up stuff. Hayduke is just about my least favorite type of person, however, he can bring people to do things they wouldnt do in and of themselves. This book pales in comparison to The Monkey Wrench Gang, that said, it is quite fun. Its much more fulfilling than the Robert Ludlum or Agatha Christie which fall in the "fun read" category. So I recommend it in that vein. ( )
  bas615 | Jan 31, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316004138, Paperback)

Ed Abbey's 1975 novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, ended with a classic--and literal--cliffhanger: it left its hero, George Washington Hayduke III, clinging to a sheer rock face in the wilds of Utah as an armed posse hunted him down for his eco-radicalist crimes. Hayduke Lives! allows the grizzled Vietnam veteran another day in the sun, reunited with his old comrades Doc Sarvis, Seldom Seen Smith, and Bonnie Abbzug to battle the world's biggest earthmoving machine, the aptly named GOLIATH. Their principal foe, apart from that behemoth, is the fundamentalist preacher Dudley Love, the mastermind behind uranium mines, power plants, and other insults to Abbey's beloved desert. Abbey has great fun lampooning the pretensions of environmental activists, New Agers ("vee put flowers on zee Big Bucket, vee put flowers on zee driver's neck and hug heem? her? it? and kiss and luff and squeeze and make GOLIATH stop," says one starry-eyed European crystal gazer), and developers alike as he unfolds his tale of a motorized Wild West and its latter-day outlaw heroes. As full of improbable situations and noisy politics as Monkey Wrench Gang, Hayduke Lives! proves to be great fun for readers as well. --Gregory McNamee

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