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The Fool's Progress By Edward Abbey,

  • Title: The Fool's Progress
  • Author: Edward Abbey
  • ISBN: 9780805057911
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Fool s Progress, the fat masterpiece as Edward Abbey labeled it, is his most important piece of writing it reveals the complete Ed Abbey, from the green grass of his memory as a child in Appalachia to his approaching death in Tuscon at age sixty two When his third wife abandons him in Tucson, boozing, misanthropic anarchist Henry Holyoak Lightcap shoots his refrigeThe Fool s Progress, the fat masterpiece as Edward Abbey labeled it, is his most important piece of writing it reveals the complete Ed Abbey, from the green grass of his memory as a child in Appalachia to his approaching death in Tuscon at age sixty two When his third wife abandons him in Tucson, boozing, misanthropic anarchist Henry Holyoak Lightcap shoots his refrigerator and sets off in a battered pick up truck for his ancestral home in West Virginia Accompanied only by his dying dog and his memories, the irascible warhorse a stand in for the real Abbey begins a bizarre cross country odyssey determined to make peace with his past and to wage one last war against the ravages of progress A profane, wildly funny, brash, overbearing, exquisite tour de force The Chicago Tribune
    The Fool s Progress The Fool s Progress the fat masterpiece as Edward Abbey labeled it is his most important piece of writing it reveals the complete Ed Abbey from the green grass of his memory as a child in Appalachi

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    1. Recently, a group of my guy friends decided to form a book club One reason all our wives were already in one, and we felt the need to exercise our own intellects The real reason the NFL is over for the year, and we needed an excuse to drink beer on Sunday An excuse other than it s Sunday In the abstract, I should love being part of a book club I like reading I like talking about what I ve read I like to drink It seems a no brainer However and this a big however I hate being told what to read It [...]

    2. Onvan The Fool s Progress Nevisande Edward Abbey ISBN 805057919 ISBN13 9780805057911 Dar 528 Safhe Saal e Chap 1988

    3. Edward Abbey is a dirty old man Backwoods, racist, sexist, libertarian, dirty old man I love him I would proudly have his babies.This may be the best summary of this book ever Really it s beautiful Makes me homesick for the desert and the kind of rugged individualism and anti authoritarianism that Abbey represents so well Makes me realize that coming home is a powerfully healing thing to do.

    4. Apparently, Edward Abbey is an environmentalist whose books have been known to inspire radicals but also open up frank discussions about the treatment and protection of the western landscape All right That s one point of view I can respect that.But, this was not the book to start with I don t know if he s a great author or not, but, supposedly, this book is autobiographical and I can tell you, if it is he s dead it s all speculative anyway that I don t like him Completely self indulgent and appa [...]

    5. Edward Abbey died in March of 1989 In the latter part of 1988, he saw his last and perhaps most accomplished work brought to bed at his publishers in New York The author of many highly controversial works of fiction and non fiction, best known for his seemingly solitary stand against the ecological destruction of the western American deserts, Abbey s last book effectively completed a cycle At the same time it was a very close foretelling of his own probable doom.Abbey was an environmentalist fro [...]

    6. This is one of the funniest books I ve read in a long time Like him I ll get shitfaced fallingdown snotflying toilet hugging drunk Reality management And why What s my problem Well, I have this queer thing about pretty girls I like them And this weird thing about steady jobs I dont like them I dont believe in doing work I dont want to do in order to live the way I dont want to live The word itself skirt excites im instantly There is something about that airy garmet, he feels, that delectable amb [...]

    7. I love Abbey because he is tough nut to crack, and a hard drink to swallow He can be downright offensive, but it s important to see his distaste is not limited to women and Mexican s but leveled fully against all participants in society not excluding his autobiographical character Henry H Lightcap The autobiographical nature of this novel helped me untangle a bit of the contradictory, larger than life image Abbey has here in the west Reading it after Loeffler s biography was helpful I don t thin [...]

    8. This is not a review Not yet.What I remember at the time is that this book scared the crap out of me, even as I enjoyed it Because it showed me how out of sync I was with myself, my life, my sham first marriage everything.I m picking it up to re read, as my life needs the shake up this book delivered the first time, and after 13 years, it will be a different book because I m a different person.

    9. I was stuck for two days on Amtrak with this book and I got to page 153 The moment I stepped off the train I would have thrown it into the trash, except it was a library book.

    10. Abbey hits all of his strengths over the course of this novel waxing poetic about pristine landscapes, waxing poetic about women, railing against institutions and commercialismd it s all wrapped into a classic epic journey format, reverse Kerouac style.Henry Lightcap is sarcastic and cantankerous and, in all honesty, comes across as an alcoholic misogynistic asshole, at least in the beginning of the book when we first meet him he s shooting his refrigerator because his third wife left him again [...]

    11. This is an absolutely beautiful book, a meditation on life and death and everything in between as only Abbey could tell it.

    12. Though hes racist, an idiot, and shitty towards women, some of the stuff he says is pretty damn funny and quite honest it is an honest novel I enjoy his philosophical references also and his general outlook on life and political views I disagree with a lot of his ignorant, arrogant, bigotry rants Im not sure his point in using derogatory terms It didnt come off as ironic or meaningful, just blatant racism Some how he reminds sometimes of the rapist from deliverance or the creep at the local 7 11 [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book It took me a long time to read it all the way through though in classic Edward Abbey style, it is wordy with some long monologues and rants, but highly entertaining so long as you like the character I d say that only people who really loved Monkey Wrench Gang would enjoy this book, because that will help in understanding the main character and the writing style.Edward Abbey said that the book was loosely based on his life It has a great premise a man whose third wife h [...]

    14. The Fool s Progress is, in some ways, a synthesis of The Monkey Wrench Gang and Desert Solitaire In it, Abbey examines the relationship people have with each other and the relationship people have with nature His acute observations and innovative descriptions create a world that is messy, mean, unfair, loving, and extremely funny as life really is if one takes a moment to contemplate it.Of the books I read in 2016, The Fool s Progress rated near the top, but was eclipsed by Desert Solitaire, Abb [...]

    15. edward abbey may be america s most underappreciated writer he is well deserving of mention amongst our country s literary titans whitman, emerson, thoreau, twain , and, thematically speaking, his works were as prescientort of abbey s journals confessions of a barbarian or his letters postcards from ed , the fool s progess may be the most candid glimpse into his life subtitled an honest novel, this is still a work of fiction, but many of the events depicted mirrored abbey s own real life experien [...]

    16. Wow A funny, emotional, thoughtful, exciting, romantic, gritty, real journey of one man s life I had never heard of Edward Abbey until a friend recommended this book I guess he was a bit on the extremist radical side pro nature anti industrialism type who had somewhat of a cult following in the 70 s 80 s So I wasn t sure if I would like this novel It is now on my list as one of my all time favorites.The writing is excellent, with so many memorable lines Also, good weaving of the back story with [...]

    17. I really enjoy Edward Abbey He is an iconoclast A real fire breathing, truth speaking, selfish, loving human He takes the reader through all the emotions This is a great book but not for the weak.

    18. Semi autobiographical Entirely hysterical and heartbreaking all at once brings to life the old saying, Everywhere i go, there i am This is my favorite book of all time.

    19. Absolutely Abbey s best novel I love the Monkey Wrench stuff, but Fool s Progress takes Abbey s writing to a whole other level a personal one All of Abbey s work is autobiographical on some way, but this heart wrenching and profound look at the experience of life and death is as close as he gets to true autobiography And, yes, it s his best novel for that exact reason.

    20. One of the bestBeautiful writing You need to look beyond the misogyny and misanthropic attributes of Henry and read this for its descriptions and feelings about going home.

    21. An exellent read that will be on my shelf for a long time just to be able to reread some sections and will re read in its entirety in future

    22. A middle aged man s young wife leaves him for a college professor With a glimpse at his own mortality, he piles his dying dog into his pick up and embarks on a cross country drive to visit his older brother in their Appalachian home While he chronicles his trip, he visits old friends and reminisces on his young life The Fool s Progress alternates between chapters about the road trip and chapters about the writer s life leading up to the trip During the first half of the book, the chapters about [...]

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