From Sean's list on reads by or about to Edward Abbey.
Abbey wrote twenty-one books. While others considered him a “nature writer,” he roiled at that idea.
Instead, he considered himself a novelist, and he spent his entire career trying to write “the great American novel.” Published in 1988, a year before his death, Abbey called The Fool’s Progress his “fat masterpiece.” And I agree.
This might be his most intimate and emotional book. To me, this book aches with heart. This semi-autobiographical novel is about Henry Holyoak Lightcap’s journey home from the Desert Southwest to die in West Virginia.
The book is filled with reflection on death, which was what Abbey was experiencing in his own life.
The Fool's Progress
Why should I read it?
1 author picked The Fool's Progress as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Henry Lightcap, a man facing a terminal illness, sets out on a trip across America accompanied only by his dog, Solstice, and discovers the beauty and majesty of the Southwest
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