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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.


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, Indiansall 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 recommended for most libraries.David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.

"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

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 g run by his brother; penniless, Henry has nowhere else to go. PW found this ``as absurdly moving as anything you have read in years.'' (July)Penny, do you have a copy of this?robin

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