The Fool's Progress: An Honest Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 15, 1998 - Fiction - 513 pages
230 Reviews
When his third wife abandons him in Tucson, boozing, misanthropic anarchist Henry Holyoak Lightcap shoots his refrigerator and sets off in a battered pick-up truck for his ancestral home in West Virginia. Accompanied only by his dying dog and his memories, the irascible warhorse (a stand-in for the "real" Abbey) begins a bizarre cross-country odyssey--determined to make peace with his past--and to wage one last war against the ravages of "progress."
  

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User Review  - Becky Weaver - Goodreads

Maybe this was the perfect book to be reading while my husband was dying of cancer. The book was beautifully written and made me think about the things that make up a life. Read full review

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User Review  - Elyria - Goodreads

I love Abbey's nonfiction. His fiction... while I made it through on a first read, the second time I just got too depressed too fast. I knew what would happen. Progress was only present in the mind of a perverse desert rat who takes living as its own progress. Oh well. Read full review

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Contents

IN MEDIAS RES ARIZONA
3
192737 STUMP CREEK WEST VIRGINIA
42
HENRY BEGINS HIS RETREAT
63
April 1942 THE RITES OF SPRING
84
THE DOG RETURNS
102
194345 WILLS WAR
107
ON TO GALLUP
134
194546 HENRYS WAR
145
DREAMS
326
1970 HENRY AT WORK
329
HEART OF THE HEART
340
194070 THE LOST YEARS
346
KANSAS TO MISSOURI
354
197177 HENRY IN LOVEAN INTERLUDE
357
TO THE MISSISSIPPI
437
1975 FORT LIGHTCAP WEST VIRGINIA
445

INTO THE PAST
168
March 1956 THE HOUSEWARMING PARTY
176
THE COMFORTERS
211
1957 HOW HENRY FOUND HIS NICHE
245
MOTEL ROOM
295
1965 DEATH OF THE OLD MAN
304
INTO THE SHADE
456
JUDGMENT DAY
471
OCIAN IN VIEW
484
COMING HOME
501
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The author of Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang is unchallenged among radicals of all ages. Edward Abbey, an American icon, called "the original fly in the ointment" by Tom McGuane, today has roads and a town named after him.

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