The Fool's Progress

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The Fool's Progress

An Honest Novel

By Edward Abbey

Holt McDougal, Paperback, 9780805057911, 528pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 1998


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.

About the Author
Edward Abbey spent most of his life in the American Southwest. The author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the much celebrated "Desert Solitaire", which decried the waste of America's wilderness, Abbey was one of the country's foremost defenders of the natural environment. He died in 1989.

Praise For The Fool's Progress

"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