Hayduke Lives

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Hayduke Lives!
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First edition
Author Edward Abbey
Country United States
Language English
Genre Political novel
Publisher Little Brown
Publication date
25 January 1990
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 352 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-316-00411-1 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 20354398
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3551.B2 H39 1990
Preceded by The Monkey Wrench Gang

Hayduke Lives! (ISBN 0-316-00411-1), written in 1989 by Edward Abbey, is the sequel to the popular book The Monkey Wrench Gang. It was published posthumously in 1990 in a mildly unfinished state, as Abbey did not complete revision prior to his death. Thus, the book retains much of its author's unrefined musings.


Hayduke Lives! picks up several years after the (literal) cliffhanger and escape from the posse at the end of the previous book. It chronicles George Washington Hayduke's return to the deserts of southern Utah and northern Arizona, where he continues the sabotage initiated in The Monkey Wrench Gang under numerous aliases, such as The Green Baron, and Fred Goodsell. The enigmatic "Kemosabe" (a hero from Abbey's first novel, The Brave Cowboy) also makes a reappearance, coming to the aid of Hayduke after his escape from the posse.

For a grand finale, Abbey reunites Hayduke with the outlaw-heroes of The Monkey Wrench Gang as they plan the destruction the world's largest walking dragline while combating a greed-ridden Mormon Bishop in another attempt to save the American Southwest from development. The narrative shifts numerous times between characters neglected by the previous book, including Bishop Love, the wives of Seldom Seen Smith, and the FBI agents sent to end the sabotage.

Both books have been reprinted numerous times due to their popularity.

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