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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At times labored and lumbered with ego-trips, but exhilarating in sprints of wicked satire.Read Full Review of The Fool's Progress: An Hones... | See more reviews from Kirkus
While these chapters are admirable in their own right, the unfolding of the narrative suffers.Read Full Review of The Fool's Progress: An Hones... | See more reviews from LA Times
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.Read Full Review of The Fool's Progress: An Hones...
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