BOOK REVIEWS

The Monkey Wrench Gang (P.S.) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 228 user ratings
ISBN:0061129763
LANGUAGE:English

" A madly funny look at four eco-terrorists on the loose in the American Southwest. If you're going to buy a copy, get this one with the illustrations by R. Crumb. Terrific book, and one of my favourites. Followed up by a sequel, Hayduke Lives! which wasn't nearly as good. For the complete review, please go here:http://www0.epinions.com/review/The_M... " said.

" La sinopsis de este libro señala que se trata de una hilarante joya cómica, y aunque yo no me atrevería a poner el listón de las risas tan alto, sí es indudable que la historia no deja de provocar constantes sonrisas y que es imposible no simpatizar con sus cuatro alocados y peculiares protagonistas.Por otro lado, cualquiera que ame la naturaleza y su conservación, deseará unirse de inmediato a la banda de la tenaza :) " said.

" For anyone considering reading this book - be forwarned. the language is rough. very rough. However, it is too well-written and too though-provoking to ignore. I picked this book for a Sustainable Science book club coure I'm teaching this semester. I trust that we will have some very interesting debate and discussion surrounding the themes, characters and times involved in the book and I can't wait for class. " said.

"this book was fine, not great. the characters are really static and represent extremes of personality mostly, which wasn't very realistic and got a bit annoying by the end. the action throughout the book was always the same since the mission was to basically destroy stuff to help save the environment. i couldn't help but be critical of that approach to "solving" environmental problems since it has no lasting, meaningful effect besides pissing people off. there were some funny/witty parts and abbey is definitely familiar with the geography of the SW which was very cool. " said.

"This book is the story of four memorable characters- a foul-mouthed Vietnam vet, a redneck, a doctor, and a nurse (I think?)- who decide to travel the country and blow things up. Specifically, things like bridges, railroads, and dams; anything that they believe to be harmful to nature has to go. So essentially what we have here is Fight Club for hippies, which is exactly what I expected, being that I first heard about this one from Chuck Palahniuk himself in one of his essays. What makes The Monkey Wrench Gang work, more than anything, is its humor and its heart. Towards the beginning of the novel I was noting similarities to Pynchon, but by the end I pictured the story as a Wes Anderson film with explosions. All in all, this was a very enjoyable and unique read with a strong ending, and I would definitely recommend it." said.

"pretty disappointed by this actually. like, the writing was good and I liked the style a lot, and I feel like I should have liked this (environmental vigilantes! exciting chase scenes!) but honestly I couldn't get past the racism and sexism. edward abbey is like the kind of anarchist white dudebro who would unironically say that fight club is their favorite movie.

I think I would have liked this a lot more too if the characters weren't all terrible (and racist). the only girl character was shitty and boring and the summary on the back led me to believe that she's a feminist but the way he wrote her was more patronizing and as if she were just a big child with no drive beyond what's "interesting". plus, the main hero (I guess?) is awful and claims to love "his" wilderness while a) treating native people like shit and b) literally throwing his trash (beer cans) all over the desert?? and even admitting that he doesn't think other people should drive their cars through "his" wilderness but thinks he's the only one who should?? so like, yeah, huge disappointment.
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"Let me start by stating that I have been hesitating quite a while between granting this book the fourth star or not. Eventually I leave it at three, because I have found it somewhat irritating, tiring, maybe boring. On the other hand it has great qualities. A bit of story: I come to this book thanks to a review of books with ecologists in action only to discover that it was written in 1975 and has served to add a new phrase to the English vocabulary: monkey wrench --just as the French word sabot led one day to sabotage--. The book is wild, the characters are wilder and the action is unbelievably incredible. The book sets the foundation of modern world radical ecology-related activism, but the whole in a clearly politically incorrect way. The writing of Abbey is complicated, in terminology, but especially in references to modern lore, in expressions, in meandering while telling. His constant off road excursions get the reader glued to the book or lost in it, depending on the forces available to the reader. The story takes time to take off, but then accelerates in a comics-like sequence. Not bizarre that a version of the book was illustrated by Robert Crumb. The book deserves reading, if only because it plays a certain role in modern US literature. If you happen to know the arid Southwestern, where the action happens, all the best!" said.

"One of my three favorite books of all time, or at least one of the three that I tend to push on any of my friends who read. It is first and foremost a flat out fun book to read. Though I had little in common with the characters, and wasn't necessarily predisposed toward their political views [I probably share most of their viewpoints and values, but their issues aren't necessarily my priorities:], I liked and identified with them all and became immensely caught up in the plot. In addiion to being just an engrossing bit of fiction, the book works extremely well as a polemic, perhaps too well. Again, the issues involved are not necessarily my area of interest, at least not to the extent of being the causes for which I would be quickest to sacrifice my freedom; however, each time I've read this book I've been caught up in a desire to run out and commit some felonies. Whenever I've recommended TMWG to others, they almost always have phoned me excitedly wanting to conspire and commit. I won't say what particular directions our conversations seemed inclined to take, but if anything bad should ever happen to the Edmonston pumping station on the California Water Project, I hope my proselytyizing of Mr. Abbey's message will hve borne some distant fruit. Of course not everyone to whom I lent or recommended the book came back with the same message directly. On one occasion the callback was something like "Hey, that book you gave me. My husband just read it and he told me to tell you he wants to talk with you about it. But fist I need some legal advice. Hypothetically, would I be alloowed to sign up for conjugal visits with both of you?". " said.

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