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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 62.

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".

©1990 Edward Abbey (P)2018 Tantor

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  • James
  • ROSEVILLE, MN, United States
  • 10-02-18

A must if you love Abbey

A beautifully crafted, sprawling, anachronistic, self indulgent American classic. A fat masterpiece by and about a somehow charismatic scoundrel.

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They found the perfect narrator for Ed Abbey

I'm just loving this audio book. I have read all of EA except Hayduke Lives and this one. I have listened to audio tapes of EA narrating certain pieces of his own Desert Solitaire. Anyone who reads this review, I want to emphasize that THIS narrator makes EA live again. Danny Campbell makes this a joyous listen, in the same way Len Cariou makes Harry Bosch a profound listen. Something in the delivery is just right.

I'm born 1952 in Tucson, so you know this work describes a life more from my generation's perspective. If you're born after, say, 1975, you may not get a lot of the perspective. EA describes a life of poverty, into WWII, Korea, the Beat generation, to the Hippies, to the plastic onslaught of Progress running murderously over everything we love about the West.

Anyway, I'm so happy to listen to Mr. Campbell read Ed Abbey.

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  • ladair456
  • St. George, UT, United States
  • 09-04-18

Lots of adjectives in many sentences

I really like Edward Abby's writing, witty and sarcastic as always. Great descriptions and kinda of a Richard Cranium of a character.

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Well read Abby tale.

The narrator pulled me in to the world of lightcap. I was on the road alongside solstice and experienced the depths and struggles of his life.