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The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1) [Reading] ➾ The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1) By Edward Abbey – Audacious controversial and hilarious The Monkey Wrench Gang is Edward Abbey's masterpiece a big boisterous and unforgettable novel about freedom and commitment that ignited the flames of environmenta Audacious controversial and hilarious The Monkey Wrench Gang is Edward Abbey's masterpiece a big boisterous and unforgettable novel about freedom and commitment that ignited the flames of environmental activism Throughout the vast American West nature is being vicitimized by a Big Government Big Business conspiracy of bridges dams and concrete But a motley gang of individuals has decided that enough is enough A burnt out veteran a mad doctor and a polygamist join forces in a noble cause to dismantle the machinery of progress The Monkey ePUB ´ through peaceful means or otherwise.

10 thoughts on “The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1)

  1. Melki Melki says:

    This tale of four goldamn envirn meddlers is one of the least compelling stories I've ever read I put off picking up the book until just before bedtime and that one or two paragraphs I managed to read sure did wonders for lulling me into unconsciousness The parts I did stay awake for only served to piss me off The hypocrisy of these eco terrorists is laughable They motor up and down the very highways they rage against burning massive amounts of fossil fuels in the commission of their protests all the while blithely tossing trash out the windows Then there's the fact that the men are allowed to be old fat and hirsute The one woman is of course young and attractive with shaven calves Interesting that she packs a razor for all their wilderness exploits Probably a disposable which is then tossed from a car windowI don't know maybe this was a case of wrong book wrong time This is one of those books I kept saving to savor at a later date and perhaps I held out too long until the best buy read date expired The reason this gets three rather than two stars is that I have a feeling I might have liked it had I read it in high school or college Nowadays I root for Billy Mack instead of Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue After all Billy Joe did shoot a man while robbing his castle I probably should have read this one when I was reading Another Roadside Attraction Abbey's book reminds me of Tom Robbins only not funny

  2. Abby Abby says:

    Yes it's an iconic work of anarchy and environmentalism but that doesn't mean it isn't worth the read This book is hilarious Like most other American nature writers Abbey was a bit of a self important pig I can't stand Farley Mowat though maybe he's Canadian; unlike most other American nature writers he has a sense of humor about it The characters are grizzled and absurd their actions are grandiose and delusional and I felt a strong sense of solidarity and sympathy the whole way that I probably shouldn't reveal in a public forum Their last desperate measures to halt uncontrolled development and destruction of the West resonate in a way that a factual description of the follies of massive energy projects would not There is a wider array of characters than normally stereotyped as environmentalists in fact there are no tree hugging hippies in this book and that's what makes it so rich There's a polygamous Mormon tour guide whose home lies under a dam made reservoir a manic inarticulate and a social young veteran and a rich suburban doctor who's banging a younger depressed transplanted New Yorker A common critiue of Abbey is that he's sexist and this may be but I actually like Bonnie's character objectified though she was as the sole female character and self aware slut No I am not going to go drive a Caterpillar off a cliff now but this book does make you wonder

  3. Jonathan Ashleigh Jonathan Ashleigh says:

    I had a tough time getting through this book Every character had basically the same personality and the story just rambles and rambles People seem to love Edward Abbey for his out there ideas but they don’t do much for me at this time

  4. Kate Kate says:

    In recent times Al Gore has credited Rachel Carson The Silent Spring for introducing environmental concerns into his nascent consciousness but it is a work of fiction not fact Edward Abbey's Monkey Wrench Gang published first in 1975 which is regarded as having inspired a new generation of angry young environmental activists to the practice of extreme sabotage sometimes called terrorism for the sake of protecting the earth For this reason I recently reread this novel I was interested to see if it had dated or whether if it still held relevance in these modern times on this continent In the author's own words Monkey Wrench Gang is a comic extravanganza a wild improbable story of symbolic aggression and constructive vandalism A group of 4 passionate environmental warriors comprising a Vietnam vet an eco feminist a wealthy medical doctor and a wilderness guide join forces to commit mayhem and liberate parts of Utah and Arizona from evil developers They do this by waging war on billboards construction machinery roads and dams While there is plenty of rollicking outrageous fun nailbiting chase after chase and drama enough the characters provide a vehicle for Abbey to voice his concerns and express philosophical observations on the subject of environmental preservation and the essential relationship between a healthy planet and healthy human beings The wilderness once offered men a plausible way of life the doctor said Now it functions as a psychiatric refuge Soon there will be no wildernessthen the madness becomes universalAnd the universe goes mad Is it just a ringing in my ears or do I hear echoes of Thoreau's In wilderness is the preservation of man hereHaving been thoroughly entertained by this page turner's uirky characters and hilarious daring escapades the reader is left with heightened awareness of the serious moral uestions concerning the nature of our relationship with wilderness and our personal responsibility and culpability These moral and ethical uestions are as contemporary today as they were in the seventies This book is funny wise and as dangerously disuieting as the day it was first published

  5. Alicia Alicia says:

    pretty disappointed by this actually like the writing was good and I liked the style a lot and I feel like I should have liked this environmental vigilantes exciting chase scenes but honestly I couldn't get past the racism and sexism edward abbey is like the kind of anarchist white dudebro who would unironically say that fight club is their favorite movie I think I would have liked this a lot too if the characters weren't all terrible and racist the only girl character was shitty and boring and the summary on the back led me to believe that she's a feminist but the way he wrote her was patronizing and as if she were just a big child with no drive beyond what's interesting plus the main hero I guess? is awful and claims to love his wilderness while a treating native people like shit and b literally throwing his trash beer cans all over the desert?? and even admitting that he doesn't think other people should drive their cars through his wilderness but thinks he's the only one who should?? so like yeah huge disappointment

  6. Ryan Ryan says:

    Giving this book 5 stars would probably put me on some sort of a list but let's be honest I'm already on that list If you're at all concerned about the environment this is a pretty good book to read It was the inspiration for Earth First The exclamation point is part of the name of the organization the real end of the sentence follows this parenthetical But the great part about this book is that it isn't a boring didactic screed Instead it's a hilarious comedyadventure novel To give my favorite example One character starts using the alias Rudolph the Red during what would now probably be called a direct action campaign against various mining and logging interests The only reason for that name is so that in a conversation about the weather he can say to a girl Rudolph the Red knows rain dear Brilliant

  7. Elizabeth A Elizabeth A says:

    Is this book problematic? Yes Are there politically incorrect racist and sexist comments? Yes Did I love every minute of it? YesI sit here simultaneously smiling and shaking my head as I write this review It all began after a decision was made to spend some time in the deserts of the Southwest USA What might be a good book for the trip? Edward Abbey's name kept popping up and this book was also a seminal one for my partner so up my TBR pile it migratedIt's the story of four people three men and one women who are not entirely pleased with changes made in the name of progress in particular and have total disgust for bureaucracies in general George Washington Hayduke III is a Vietnam Vet who returns to his beloved desert to find it threatened by development Other members of this band of ecoterrorists in the eyes of some beholders are feminist saboteur Bonnie Abbzug wilderness guide Seldom Seen Smith and billboard destroyer Doc Sarvis MD Instead of sitting around and moaning about things or changing their Facebook Status though that was way after their time the uartet decide to wage war on the purveyors of all that progressThere is so much here The characters are well fleshed out the writing is wonderful the musings and philosophical meanderings as pertinent today as when this was originally published in 1975 There is lots of humor amidst all the anarchy and destruction and much of what was feared has come to pass This book is really a call to action to protect the environment in general and deserts in particular There is irony in how these four in many ways are not environmentally politically correct themselves but you have to pick your battles That Abbey loved and cared about the deserts and tried to get others to do the same is of little doubt That he does so with a yarn full of shenanigans and hi jinks is fantastic While I might not go out and destroy heavy machinery or drive a Caterpillar off a cliff I do now know exactly how to do soI listened to the audiobook which was wonderfully narrated by Michael Kramer and would highly recommend this on audio You will find no tree huggers here but people passionate about a cause that should concern us all I've just discovered a new fave author and will be reading all his work

  8. meredith meredith says:

    I blame reading this book at an inappropriately young age 9 or 10? for the violent gag reflex that occurs whenever I smell patchouli as well as the involuntary NOOOOOOO that I surprise myself with every time a ratty college do gooder accosts me with a clipboard and a jaunty do you have a minute for the environment?Also the surfeit of clunky unshaven back of the VW with a dog looking on from the front seat sex that occurs every second or third chapter couldn't have been good for my overall development That however is between me and my therapist

  9. Laura Laura says:

    Very well done Abbey added so much humor to this book that had serious themes This was an interesting gang to follow

  10. Mykle Mykle says:

    This novel has all the same elements that make Edward Abbey's non fiction so compelling the depth of his knowledge and emotions about the desert landscapes of Utah and Colorado his poetic descriptions of same and his elouent condemnation of the loss of this wilderness for the sake of city dwelling industrial manThis book has all of that on display in droves but also it highlights some of his weaknesses smart assey movie dialogue rampant sexism and a love of bad puns His four protagonists all start out resembling Edward Abbey a bit too directly although by the end of the book when they start running out of Abbeyesue witty bravado and face real problems they become a bit three dimensional But the characters are really just there for Abbey to indulge in the extended revenge fantasy for which this book is a blueprint Abbey's descriptions of industrial sabotage are so lovingly detailed he's practically begging you to try them Some consider this the book that launched Earth First It definitely gave me a hankering to blow things up And it made me nostalgic for an era when you could purchase cordite at the farm store without an ID

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