Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Monkey Wrench Gang
Edward Abbey


Audacious, controversial and hilarious, The Monkey Wrench Gang is Edward Abbey’s masterpiece. It is a big, boisterous and unforgettable novel about freedom and commitment that ignited the flames of environmental activism. Throughout the vast American West, nature is being vicitimized by a Big Government / Big Business conspiracy of bridges, dams and concrete. But a motley gang of individuals has decided that enough is enough. A burnt-out veteran, a mad doctor and a polygamist join forces in a noble cause: to dismantle the machinery of progress through peaceful means – or otherwise.

This is a magnificent novel with a mission.

Paperback, 448pp
Penguin, 2004 (1975)
ISBN 9780141187624