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Green Peace

It is 7:20 AM Saturday morning in the Plan of God for my life in the Wasteland. It is a chilly dark morning. I can smell autumn in the cold morning air. The birds are flocking up and leaves are falling from the trees these days.

I got up at 6 o'clock AM and made a pot of coffee. I messed with our main computer for awhile and then wrote in my paper diary. I was looking at the pile of used books I bought yesterday at the annual AAUW Used Books Sale and wanted to know what the used book titled "Hayduke Lives!" a novel by Edward Abbey was about. I collect the writings of Edward Abbey but have not read much of his writings. I have known the name Edward Abbey since my High School days (1968-1970 Richmond. Calif. John F. Kennedy High), because of his views on environmentalism. When I was in High School I was really into the ecology movement/saving Nature from destruction GREEN PEACE. I went online and found this information on Abbey's novel "Hayduke Lives!"-

"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 eco-warriors everywhere.

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!"

Hayduke Lives! a novel by Edward Abbey

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