Good News (1980)
A 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.
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" --
"The man, quite simply, is a master" -- The
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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
Abbey, Edward, 1927-
Good news / Edward Abbey. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Plume,  242 p. ;
LC CALL NUMBER: PS3551.B2 G6 1991 *NOT IN LC COLLECTION*
DEWEY DEC: 813/.54 dc20
ISBN: 052548521X : $10.95 ($14.95 Can.)
LCCN: 90-7901 r91
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