Hayduke Lives! (1990)
This is a sequel to The Monkey-Wrench Gang which was
published after his death. Here the gang regroups once more for a
battle against the GOLIATH, a giant earth-moving machine that
walks. We also meet a bunch of Earth
First!ers fighting the same enemy.
In a way it was fun to meet Hayduke and the Gang again but
this book is not as well written as The Monkey-Wrench Gang
and a bit too long. I found it a bit "sexist" as well
in it's obsession with Erika, the buxom blonde Earth
First!-member. Abbey refers to her as "the Svenska",
("the Swedish girl") but both her name and accent is
more German than Swedish.
This was Edward Abbey's last book, and it was published after
his death. It's likely that it wasn't quite finished at his death
and that this explains some of its rough edges.
In Edward Abbey's critically acclaimed bestseller, The Monkey Wrench Gang, George
Washington Hayduke -- ex-Green Beret and "wilderness
avenger, industrial development saboteur, night-time
trouble-maker, barroom brawler, free-time lover" -- was
last seen clinging to a cliff, under fire from both a
helicopter and a posse. Now presumed dead by all who stalked
him, whereabouts unknown to those who knew him best ...
HAYDUKE LIVES! -- and he does it with the same fiery
vengeance and inspired scheming that made him the hero of
As the legendary phoenix rises from the ashes, so does
Hayduke surface to rescue his beloved canyon country,
threatened yet again by his environmental nemesis, Bishop
Dudley Love, and a legion of uranium stripminers and
industrial developers. The Bishop's Mormon followers warmly
accept the destruction of Mother Earth, seeing it as a way to
create jobs, thereby keeping their children from venturing to
"California or Salt Lake City (one near as wicked and
Godless a place as the other...)."
Now winding down their last few months of probation from
their criminally adventurous, tractor-burning, bridge-blowing
days as members of George's famed Monkey Wrench Gang are
Seldom Seen Smith, A.K. (Doc) Sarvis, and Bonnie
Abzug-Sarvis. Nervously watching the battle between
developers and environmentalists unfold, wondering if out of
some shadow or corner Hayduke might emerge, each is only
mildly surprised -- but deeply fearful -- when he finally
does appear. Seducing each out of his of her comfortable
life, Hayduke reunites his gang this last time, and, along
with the mysterious black-masked (sometimes sunglassed)
horseman, they take on the establishment to topple GOLIATH,
the world's largest mobile earth-moving machine, now carving
its way through the desert.
In this, Edward Abbey's last work before his death, he
resurrects the Monkey Wrench Gang against the glorious
backdrop of the American Southwest that he defended and
loved. With the code of the eco-warrior ringing in his ears,
the reader is caught up in an explosion of militant hilarity,
brought along for the ride as the gang maneuvers against the
bad guys to stand up for what they stand on!
Library of Congress Data
Abbey, Edward, 1927-
Hayduke lives] : a novel / by Edward Abbey. 1st ed. Boston : Little, Brown,
c1990. 308 p. ; 24 cm.
LC CALL NUMBER: PS3551.B2 H39 1990
DEWEY DEC: 813/.54 dc20
ISBN: 0316004111 : $18.95 ($22.95 Can.)
LCCN: 89-39725 r93
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