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Of adventure and naïve optimism the inhabitants of “Drop City” arrive in the wilderness of Alaska only to find their utopia already populated by other young homesteaders When the two communities collide unexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born a. Full essay can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomJust like anyone else who is a lover of great books I find myself sometimes with a desire to become a completist of certain authors that is to have read every book that author has ever written This new series of essays chronicles that attemptSo first a confession that I still have a long way to go before becoming a completist of author TC Boyle this is only the second novel of his I ve read to tell you the truth the other one being The Road to Wellville possibly his most famous because of the 1994 movie version starring Anthony Hopkins Matthew Broderick Bridget Fonda John Cusack and Oh but what a novel Who knew that a contemporary author could paint such a vivid picture of events that happened nearly a century ago in this case the formation of the various health spas in the upper Midwest at the turn of the 20th century which for those who don t know were the groups who accidentally invented our modern breakfast cereals In fact this is one of the things that Boyle is most known for as an author for his meticulous and exacting research into whatever time period he is writing about and whatever crazy events were happening during that time period Now combine this with Boyle s ability to effortlessly jump between comedy and drama his masterful touch as a story plotter and a personal writing style that is both uniue and never manages to call attention to itself and you ve got yourself one very admired and award winning novelist indeedAnd of the eleven novels that Boyle has now written arguably one of his best known ones is 2003 s Drop City mostly because it s about the American hippie movement of the 1960s and 70s of which Boyle was a part of himself in his own youth having gotten his Bachelor s degree in 1968 for those who don t know And yes just like Wellville this novel also features a semi wacky concept to propel the story forward in this case it s about a group of young people who start their own free love commune at the end of the 60s the aforementioned Drop City which gets its start in California after founding member Norm inherits a large chunk of land from a recently expired relative And yes just like Wellville Boyle uses this semi wacky concept for both humorous and dramatic purposes to sometimes viciously make fun of how uneuipped most of these idealistic flower children are to actually live off the land while still legitimately admiring their desire to do such a thing and arguing why such a desire is ultimately a good thing that all of us should at least partly aspire toAnd of course this being Boyle the fun doesn t stop there about halfway through the book in fact the residents of Drop City get tired of all the hassles of being in California the constant police harassment the endless hippie mooches and decide on a whim to move to Alaska instead where Norm has access to yet land owned by a relative a grizzled fur trapper uncle who has recently retired and moved to Seattle And thus does Boyle get the chance to expand the story even further by introducing the existing population of that small Alaskan town as characters themselves and by hopping back and forth between the two groups storylines until the moment the hippies actually get to Alaska and the plots suddenly mergeIn fact The Joy in Business enmities are born a. 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It is 1970 and a down at the heels California commune devoted to peace free love and the simple life has decided to relocate to the last frontier the unforgiving landscape of interior Alaska in the ultimate expression of going back to the land Armed with the spirit. The evil side of the happy go lucky flower power unicorn rainbow time that wasn t as peaceful as one might supposeWhat if hippies weren t the friendly peace loving open minded tolerant etc great alternative to normal society but just as bad as normal people with the difference that they do as if they were sooo alternative and progressiveBuilding on this plot Boyle offers another splendid description of the bigotry and mendacity that grows in each society In this case it is interesting to see how good ideals can be perverted to let the conservative suppressing system seem better than anarchy chaos and too much freedom I could imagine this book as a great kick starter for complex philosophical political sociological etc discussions and of course debates because it does nothing else than confronting a liberal socialist dystopia with the standard mentality of this time and opening the endless epic political mentality A vs mentality B battle until boredom and sleep kick inAnd the great thing is that it all comes with subtext wit and strange happenings and no admonishing moral finger A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books Ty jesteś moje imię expression of going back to the land Armed with the spirit. The The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy evil side of the happy go lucky flower power unicorn rainbow time that wasn t as peaceful as one might supposeWhat if hippies weren t the friendly peace loving open minded tolerant Complete Amber Sourcebook etc great alternative to normal society but just as bad as normal people with the difference that they do as if they were sooo alternative and progressiveBuilding on this plot Boyle offers another splendid description of the bigotry and mendacity that grows in Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet each society In this case it is interesting to see how good ideals can be perverted to let the conservative suppressing system seem better than anarchy chaos and too much freedom I could imagine this book as a great kick starter for complex philosophical political sociological Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, etc discussions and of course debates because it does nothing Detective Wanda Wolfe else than confronting a liberal socialist dystopia with the standard mentality of this time and opening the Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości endless Dreams of Glass epic political mentality A vs mentality B battle until boredom and sleep kick inAnd the great thing is that it all comes with subtext wit and strange happenings and no admonishing moral finger A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books

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S everyone struggles with the bare essentials of life love nourishment and a roof over one’s head Rich allusive and unsentimental TC Boyle’s ninth novel is a tour de force infused with the lyricism and take no prisoners storytelling for which he is justly famou. One of my very favorite comic novels about a commune in Redwood City California Drop City They say if you remember the sixties you weren t there but Boyle clearly had both been there and rememberedI laughed until tears dripped down my face remembering those days both the charm and the not so flattering side of being free a time when boys browbeat girls into sleeping with them with philosophy and suggesting they were uptight rather than sweet talking them How certain people could always be counted upon to shirk the hard labor on some sort of philosophical grounds relating to freedom or simply lying low but to show up regularly at mealtimes with their plates out When the commune falls afoul of county Sanitation Department the downfall of many a commune they decide to move to Alaska to live off the land These Drop City chapters are interspered with a whole second story about people actually living off the land in Alaska showing us just how much skill and preparation and labor that takes and how deadly serious that kind of life is as opposed to the self deluded chaotic everything that is is okay life of the commune A collision course with Reality seems to be the order of the day Great great fiction and a terrific gift I ve given over and over again


10 thoughts on “Drop City

  1. says:

    This book is a gas I thoroughly enjoyed it It is hilarious and a great adventure story which you wouldn't expect from a bunch of goofy hippies There are uite a number of books set around 1970 in counterculture milieus that give us the stories of radical political groups who live in suats in the cities and who

  2. says:

    The evil side of the happy go lucky flower power unicorn rainbow time that wasn´t as peaceful as one might supposeWhat if hippies weren´t the friendly peace loving open minded tolerant etc great alternative to normal society but just as bad as normal people with the difference that they do as if they were sooo

  3. says:

    I'm prone to think less of a book that I can read while in a room with a TV on Especially if on that TV is Kipper or Harry the Dirty Dog or Ba

  4. says:

    For me some novels just blur after putting them down and I don't remember anything significant about the book a new friend

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    Full essay can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomJust like anyone else who is a lover of great books I find myself sometimes with a desire to become a completist of certain authors; that is to have read every book that author has ever written This new series of essays chronicles that attemptSo first a confession that I still have a long way to go before becoming a completist of a

  6. says:

    The collapse of the sixties free love movement is perhaps the greatest defeat Western society has endured The flower childre

  7. says:

    This book is fuelled by flower power Sadly I prefer books which are run on rocket fuel so this one did not deliver enough blast for

  8. says:

    Already a clear cut five star even before I finish TC Boyle's ripe and agitated revisit to the hippie extremes of the late '60s offers both a celebration and a slam DROP CITY is the first novel of his I've tasted

  9. says:

    One of my very favorite comic novels about a commune in 'Redwood City' California Drop City They say 'if you remember the sixties you weren't there' but Boyle clearly had both been there and rememberedI laughed until tears dripped down my face

  10. says:

    TC Boyle's novel about the Northern California commune hooks you from the start The carefree lifestyle readily available drugs open sexuality an

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