Fool's Progress

By Edward Abbey

ISBN 9780805057911

Price $22.00

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."

Ornery and unpredictable, "Edward Abbey was an autobiographer, " writes the farmer-poet Wendell Berry, "speaking as and for himself, fighting, literally, for dear life." And this novel, the "fat masterpiece, " as Ed labeled it, was 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 Tucson at age sixty-two. Funny and ribald, it offers what Larry McMurtry has called Abbey's "fine particularity, " the authority of "a writer who feels a lot and then manages to transcend his own notions of himself."