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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (Sept. 4 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316004138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316004138
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From Publishers Weekly

Only apparently was Fool's Progress , a flawed but highly endearing novel, Abbey's swan song (he died last summer). Here, unexpectedly, is a posthumous sequel to the cult classic The Monkey Wrench Gang , unhappily, not the finest of farewells from a very original American writer. It is the sort of sequel that picks up all the characters years later; most of them--Doc, Bonnie, even Seldom Seen Smith--have more or less settled into respectability after their wild outrages against developers and ruiners of the Great Outdoors. Then along comes GOLIATH, the Giant Earth Mover, about to trample another precious wild canyon, and the fiercest of the old gang, George Hayduke, brings his friends unwillingly out of retirement for the biggest caper of their lives. It's ditzy, entertaining stuff, and Abbey, as always, strikes wonderful grace notes off the landscapes he loves. But the characters are a yard high, and the dialogue the sort that appears in bubbles over people's heads. Naturally the G.E.M. bites the dust, but in the course of the environmentalists' coup a man gets killed, contradicting what used to be the whole point of Abbey's writing: only machines died. This time out, his work seems a little sour and tired.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 25 2001
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Those who enjoyed The Monkey Wrench Gang will enjoy this sequel, which contains the same winning mix of ingredients as the original: biting satire, earthy humor, colorful characters, plenty of over-the-top action,and most importantly Abbey's underlying message that wild places are worth saving - even if one doesn't endorse the Gang's anarchistic approach. Those sympathetic to Abbey's lifelong cause of opposition to the forces of development and exploitation may also want to explore Carl Hiaasen's eco-terror comedies or the more complex and literary, but equally passionate, "Arcadia Falls" by Rand Johnson.
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This book could be a poster child for "The sequel never lives up to its predecessor."
Whether or not you've read The Monkey Wrench Gang, you will know exactly what is going to happen at every step of the way. Worse, Abbey takes shortcuts. For instance: all the old characters are brought back; all meet Hayduke again who asks for their help; all refuse and then suddenly, without explanation, all are on board to help him destroy the huge earth-mover, GOLIATH. The object of their sabotage and the fact that they are back together is very predictable.
Also, the final scene of destruction is disappointing. It too, "just happens".
The message is still great. The cast of characters still appealingly eccentric, Hayduke still a demi-god, but it does not come near to the overall excellence of The Monkey Wrench Gang. Due to the shortcuts, I would strongly recommend not reading this book unless you've read Monkey Wrench. Even then, you better have really loved Monkey Wrench and want some more of the same.
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Yes, by George, Hayduke lives! Fervent admirers of the Abbey oeuvre will not have doubted this contention for a moment. For those who are only just coming across this rascally desert rat for the first time, I should perhaps note that George Hayduke has appeared in a sister volume, the now infamous "The Monkey Wrench Gang." At the conclusion of that earlier work, George Hayduke's fate seemed to be hanging rather desperately in the balance. However, not even the untimely death of Edward Abbey, in March 1989, could deprive us of all news of this most obstinate of heroes.
It would be an easy thing to say that "Hayduke Lives!" is an unpolished novel. It does seem to fall short of the demands which Abbey made of himself in "The Fool's Progress," the last volume he published prior to his death. Yet the craft is certainly there and the willingness to create is as strong as ever. Mountains motivated Edward Abbey; mountains and everything natural (and even some things man-made, it has to be said) that lay around them. His actual landscape at the last, which was also the landscape of "Hayduke Lives!", was the canyon lands and desert country of Arizona and Utah (and everywhere). So his imagery is likewise grandiose and well suited to the theme of environmental vengeance which prods this plot along. Knowing Abbey, one can sense that he is willing the earth itself to open up and swallow the machines of man that make its surface tremble. Yet he contains himself, just, to the story in hand and lets George do the dirty work in his own inimitable style.
Abbey's long fight was unrelenting and unapologetic. He seemed to sense that people need to be shocked awake in order to react to the troubles of the world.
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Back in the old college days we as a class read some of Edward Abbey's novels from "Desert Solitare" to "Fire on the Mountain". And only reading it for a classroom assignment, I have to dig it back up and re-read it again after reading "Heyduke Lives". Being a native of the Four Corners area, a true native. Not those so called "native wanna be's" who claim to be from there. I can relate to the characters in Heyduke Lives! My favorite character though has to be Erika, the savy euro-proeco fem hottie stood out along with those of Heyduke himself. The desert of Utah and Arizona will be home to me and Ed as we are the stewards of this everlasting land. Lastly, from the Author himself wrote a warning: "Anyone who takes this book seriously will be shot. Anyone who does not take it seriously will be buried alive by a Mitsubishi bulldoser".
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By A Customer on June 11 1999
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Much as I enjoy Edward Abbey's work, I was very disappointed by this book. True, the characters are there, but nothing much happens to them. And sure, there is some monkey wrenching in defense of what is really important, but the story itself is barely there at all -- a succession of small and extraordinarily repetitive vignettes. There are humorous moments, mostly when he is poking fun at himself, but they're few and far between. Lots of sexual meandering, natural description of the Four Corners area, the usual avalances of wordplay, and some violence (most corporate, but a final Lone act that seems gratuitous). It's still Ed Abbey, but he's nowhere near his best. Given that it's only available in a pricey trade paperback, I'd skip it. The two stars are relative to his other work, not to books in general.
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I think this book could have used a little more help from the editors, or perhaps the author. But in Abbey's defense, time was running a little short. This is classic Abbey, and the story does get rolling after a while. It got my blood flowing, and there's no lack of action. I'll say that. Abbey's ever-present push for anarchy is in full bloom, and it sometimes gets a little wearing. (The man seems to have a one-track mind.) His characterizations verge on comic-book, and holy cats and bananas, can this guy hyperbolate! Nevertheless, money well spent, and a good read.
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