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Drop City

Boyle, T. Coraghessan (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Penguin Putnam
T.C. Boyle has proven himself to be a master storyteller who can do just about anything. But even his most ardent admirers may be caught off guard by his ninth novel, for Boyle has delivered something completely unexpected: a serious and richly rewarding character study that is his most accomplished and deeply satisfying work to date.

It is 1970, and a down-at-the-heels California commune has decided to relocate to the last frontier-the unforgiving landscape of interior Alaska-in the ultimate expression of going back to the land. The novel opposes two groups of characters: Sess Harder, his wife Pamela, and other young Alaskans who are already homesteading in the wilderness and the brothers and sisters of Drop City, who, despite their devotion to peace, free love, and the simple life, find their commune riven by tensions. As these two communities collide, their alliances shift and unexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born as everyone struggles with the bare essentials of life: love, nourishment, and a roof over one's head.

Drop City is not a satire or a nostalgic look at the sixties, though its evocation of the period is presented with a truth and clarity that no book on that era has achieved. This is a surprising book, a rich, allusive, and nonsentimental look at the ideals of a generation and their impact on today's radically transformed world. Above all, it is a novel infused with the lyricism and take-no-prisoners storytelling for which T.C. Boyle is justly famous.

Baker & Taylor
Set in 1970, Drop City, a California commune, decides to relocate to Alaska, where tensions rise between the commune and a group of homesteaders.

Blackwell North Amer
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. The novel opposes two groups of characters: Sess Harder, his wife, Pamela, and other young Alaskans who are already successfully homesteading in the wilderness, and the brothers and sisters of "Drop City," led by Norm Sander and three idealistic emigres from the east coast, Star, her boyfriend, Marco, and Ronnie. As these two communities collide, unexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born as everyone struggles with the bare essentials of life: love, nourishment and a roof over one's head.

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The members of the Drop City commune clash with Alaskan homesteaders who live near where the commune has recently moved, as both groups struggle to for love, nourishment, and shelter. By the author of A Friend of the Earth. 60,000 first printing.

Authors: Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Statement of Responsibility: T. Coraghessan Boyle
Title: Drop City
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
Characteristics: 443 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject Headings: Alaska Fiction California, Northern Fiction Hippies Fiction
Topical Term: Hippies
LCCN: 2002066371
ISBN: 0670031720
Research Call Number: JFE 03-8257
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Feb 14, 2014
  • funky_d rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another great offering from TC Boyle. Drop City takes a while to get moving but that's because Boyle is a master of detail and description to create atmosphere, scene and a sense of what's to come.

Once Drop City starts the flight to its new location, things really get cooking. The contrasts shown in the characters' personalities and struggles, changes in terrain and goals of the characters lends well to the plot.

Though I pushed myself to finish this book, I would not recommend it as it could have and should have been edited into half its length. It seemed that the interminable descriptions went on and on just for the sake of squeezing in as many similes and metaphors as possible. It would be better to say more with less.

Jul 17, 2011
  • rwgrey rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Engaging, easy read. The first novel I've read after a loooong stint with graphic novels, and it kept me fully engrossed - I think I finished it in a couple of days. Written from a few different viewpoints, which was interesting.

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