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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 as e. For me some novels just blur after putting them down and I don t remember anything significant about the book a new friend potentially I had spent hours with A lot of crime novels are like that but with Drop City I recall almost all the plot and the details Such an interesting book about a class of people whom I especially loathed at the time until I came back from overseas and got to know a few through work and friends of friends namely hippies political radicals religious nuts females who seemed to be lost macho men who were anything but Boyle was one of those Haight Ashbury types who kept one eye open while living high and produced a magnificent black comedic condemnation which is compassionate also of those times in the 1960 s when all of us were mixed up lost and headed in every direction but head on Don t go to Alaska without first reading Drop City I will read TC Boyle because of his accurate observations of people I have known

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Veryone 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 famous.. 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

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It is 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 of. 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 are busy planning abductions or bomb attacks for the good of mankind Such as The good terrorist by Doris Lessing or My Revolutions by Hari Kunzu Fine books but not hilarious in the slightest Drop City is a far cry from political activism and introduces us to this commune in sunny California where people are just lazing around smoking dope and listening to psychodelic music all day long Exactly like you would imagine the majority of the hippies in sunny communes in California were doing Norm the leader is the leader solely by virtue of the fact that he ownes the property and provides the cash to buy groceries He is a great talker and has no problems getting the girls although he doesn t believe in brushing his teeth or personal hygiene in general and his glasses are all taped up We get to know a wide variety of the people sharing this sunny communal life ranging from very sweet dopeheads bad hippie parents a bit of acid couldn t hurt the kid exploited girls doing all the cooking and offering their bodies in the name of sexual freedom to uite a few genuine assholes They all go on a great big adventure in a great big schoolbus to the far reaches of the USA It remains a really hilarious account to the end and surprisingly enough nothing really dramatically bad ever happens to them but perhaps other people wouldn t agree with me on that So if you are in the mood for reading a truly funny book read this book


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 are busy pla

  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

  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 Babar for the millionth time But then maybe after a million times it's easier to tune out And tune out I did and tuned into Drop City This was my first T C Boyle For years I

  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 potentially I had spent hours with A lot of crime novels are like that but with Drop City I recall almost all the plot and the details Such an interesting book about a class of people whom I especially loathed

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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 gr

  6. says:

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

  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 my buck This is the third TC Boyle book I've read and although I keep meandering back for I'm still yet to understand why Two tales make up the central thread of Drop City Like two parallel spinal cords

  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 offer

  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 remembering those days both the charm and the not so flattering side of being 'free' a tim

  10. says:

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