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Good News (1980)

CoverA futuristic fable about what happens when modern society completely breaks down, as Abbey (in his other books) repeatedly claims it will if we don't change our ways. A megalomaniac military man tries to take advantage of the breakdown, against strong opposition from a small band of rebels. Well-written and absorbing.

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In Good News, Edward Abbey's acclaimed underground classic, the West is wild again. American civilization as the twentieth century knew it, has crumbled. In the great Southwest, a new breed of settles, whites and Indians together, is creating a new way of life in the wilderness -- a pastural economy -- with shills and sawy resurrected from the pre-industrial past. Meanwhile, in a last surviving bastion of urban file, the remnants of the power elite are girding their armed forces to reimpose the old order. This is a land of horses and motorcycles, high-tech weaponry and primitive courage, and the struggle for the American future is mounting in intensity. No quarter is asked for given, and the outcome hangs in perilous balance against a background of magnificent nature and eternal human verities.

With this boldly satirical imaginary world, Edward Abbey asks us to look us to look around and take stock of what we value before it is too late.


"Abbey's unique prose voice .. is the voice of a full-blooded man airing his passions ... alternately misantrophic and sentimental, enraged and hilarious" -- People

"The man, quite simply, is a master" -- The Bloomsbury Review


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Library of Congress Data

Abbey, Edward, 1927-
  Good news / Edward Abbey.  1st ed.  New York : Dutton, c1980.  242 p. ; 22

LC CALL NUMBER: PS3551.B2 G6 1980

DEWEY DEC:  813/.54

ISBN:  0525115838
       0525034676 (pbk.)
LCCN:  80-12815

Abbey, Edward, 1927-
  Good news / Edward Abbey.  New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Plume, [1991]  242 p. ;
21 cm.


DEWEY DEC:  813/.54 dc20

ISBN:  052548521X : $10.95 ($14.95 Can.)
LCCN:  90-7901 r91

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