The Fool's Progress: An Honest Novel (Paperback)
An Honest Novel
St. Martin's Press, 9780805057911, 528pp.
Publication Date: August 15, 1998
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 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
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Praise For The Fool's Progress: An Honest Novel…
"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