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are always so as are swift palpable descriptions Plus jeepers how the plot moils I m writing this shortly after getting through a central climactic brouhaha bloody yet comic each complication erupting out of the blue yet dead right for the moment and the people involved and I had to sit back yank my head out the 360 degree kaleidoscope and ask what has he been smoking The collapse of the sixties free love movement is perhaps the greatest defeat Western society has endured The flower children believed in a world nshackled to government control and white collar slavery they believed in an autonomous collective of free love DRUGS AND SEX BY LISTENING TO and sex By listening to Doors and smoking hash in Californian tepees they hoped to bring about a social revolution to overthrow the suares by doing nothing whatsoever Then again they only believed in this because their bourgeois parents had the misfortune to raise them in a time of plenty giving them the freedom to run off and party in multicoloured pants with a wad of hard earned notes in their tote bags I hate hippies Drop City has little sympathy for the hippie movement as it cocks a snook at the idle brothers and sisters whose goal was essentially to avoid work at all costs and puff on drug pipes Nowadays hippies are known as PhD or liberal arts students and the drug consumption remains the same Centring on a large cast of caricatured free lovers Boyle s detached narrative style has the surgical cynicism and breathless rush of Foster Wallace with the compassionate satire of Kingsley Amis Although his narrator goes a sentence or three too far with each description he hits a note of buzzy mania perfect for the vibrant rush of the era though obviously ite infuriating in its excessAs the commune based on this real commune in southern Colorado battles nasty Nam dropouts and a planned council demolition the group hotfoot it to Alaska where they take refuge in their iced out bus and numerous well insulated shacks Star the. Of adventure and naïve optimism the inhabitants of “Drop City” arrive in the wilderness of Alaska only to find their Another Turn of the Crank utopia already populated by other young homesteaders When the two communities collidenexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born

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TC Boyle s novel about the Northern California commune hooks you from the start The carefree lifestyle readily available drugs open sexuality and irresponsibility of this motley mix of nature loving misfits come with a heavy cost Bills have to be paid Toilets overflow Young children are neglected Freeloaders show p and take without giving As I read the first part of the book set somewhere around Sonoma I recalled Peter Coyote s autobiographical Sleeping Where I Fall about his own involvement in the Haight Ashbury scene and communal living in the 60sWhen the government finally moves in and communal living in the 60sWhen the government finally moves in commune whimsically decides to relocate to the wilds of Alaska Getting back to Nature can be prove to be pretty daunting in a harsh nforgiving environment This is not Northern Exposure More like a collective group version of Jon Krakauer s Into the Wild or Golding s Lord of the Flies On the edge of civilization day to day living can be treacherous and nasty Well written graphic in its sketches of the Alaskan wilderness and engaging in its depiction of the rivalries and tensions within this remote Alaskan outpost the hippies attempt to infiltrate this novel is a gem 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 in a while for years I d sampled only the sharply cornered ironies their furniture often surreal of his magazine fiction Those always cracked the imaginative whip impressively and trapezed their way through some breathtaking analogies but this novel puts both those gifts on display and taking everything to sonar depths scary depths of character and culture What the novel has to reveal About The Exploitation Of The the exploitation of the s women for instance would elevate Boyle to the stature of a feminist icon except he always couches that exploitation in painful individual weakness and drug addled confusion The way he dramatizes the inarticulate fumbling of adolescence and the mistakes it leads to could make the author some 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 The White Paternoster, And Other Stories unforgiving landscape of interior Alaska in theltimate expression of going back to the land Armed with the spirit. ,

Least loose of the women is SOMEWHAT THE CENTRE OF THE NOVEL the centre of the novel Boyle s narrator is of your top down move the marionettes model less personally committed and little genuine empathy is achieved for any of these freeloaders and grizzly weirdoes It s a fun ride regardless 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 Laid 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 ofs were mixed The World Rushed in 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 The evil side of the happy go lucky flower powernicorn 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 another splendid description of the bigotry and mendacity that grows in each society In this case it is 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 open. S everyone struggles with the bare essentials of life love nourishment and a roof over one’s head Rich allusive and nsentimental 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. .