The Fool's Progress by Edward Abbey
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While these chapters are admirable in their own right, the unfolding of the narrative suffers. 
-LA Times

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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 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

 

About Edward Abbey

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Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927 and died on March 14, 1989 in Tucson. Among his works are A Voice Crying in the Wilderness and Confessions of a Barbarian.
 
Published August 15, 1998 by Holt Paperbacks. 528 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Oct 24 2008

At times labored and lumbered with ego-trips, but exhilarating in sprints of wicked satire.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Genaro Gonzalez on Nov 20 2008

While these chapters are admirable in their own right, the unfolding of the narrative suffers. 

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Chamber Four

Excellent
Reviewed by David Duhr on Apr 18 2011

Fat it is, checking in at just under 500 pages. Read them all. In order. And then read them all again, because this is my all-time favorite novel, and it very well may become yours, too.

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