Drop City

Drop City

T.C. Boyle / Aug 25, 2019

Drop City 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 c

  • Title: Drop City
  • Author: T.C. Boyle
  • ISBN: 9780670031726
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 CT.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.

    Drop City by T Coraghessan Boyle Drop City is a book, above all else, about adventures You could say that Drop City is a book about hippies, a surprisingly sober insight into the inner monologues of a gaggle of full fledged flower children as they celebrate free love under the summer sun of California and in the dead serious beauty of the Alaskan middle of nowhere. Drop City Drop City T.C Boyle Books T C Boyle is the author of eleven novels, including World s End winner of the PEN FaulknerAward , Drop City a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award , and The Inner Circle. Drop City by by T.C Boyle Summary and reviews 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 Drop City Kindle edition by T.C Boyle Literature With Drop City, T Coraghessan Boyle offers proof that he has become one of America s most prolific, gifted storytellers.Set in the s, Boyle entertains readers with the denizens of Drop City, a counterculture California commune that welcomes anyone wanting to live off the grid, use drugs, and practice free love. Drop City by T C Boyle, Paperback Barnes Noble The longer Drop City remains in the Alaskan bush, the this becomes a study of the decay and breakdown of a society under pressure created by the reality of living wild in Alaska It is a symbolic representation of the disintegration of the dream the commune member have, the artificial, romanticised version of Alaskan life they have

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      • T.C. Boyle

        T Coraghessan Boyle also known as T.C Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948 is a U.S novelist and short story writer Since the late 1970s, he has published eleven novels and than 60 short stories He won the PEN Faulkner award in 1988 for his third novel, World s End, which recounts 300 years in upstate New York He is married with three children Boyle has been a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California since 1978, when he founded the school s undergraduate creative writing program.He grew up in the small town on the Hudson Valley that he regularly fictionalizes as Peterskill as in widely anthologized short story Greasy Lake Boyle changed his middle name when he was 17 and exclusively used Coraghessan for much of his career, but now also goes by T.C Boyle.


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    1. 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 thought of him as some Tom Robbins type - a cloying insubstantial stylist - though I had never read even one of his words. This prejudice was based upon an annoying jacket photo, [...]


    2. 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 quite a number of books set around 1970 in counterculture milieus that give us the stories of radical political groups, who live in squats 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 i [...]


    3. The collapse of the sixties free love movement is perhaps the greatest defeat Western society has endured. The flower children believed in a world unshackled to government control and white-collar slavery, they believed in an autonomous collective of free love, drugs and sex. By listening to the Doors and smoking hash in Californian tepees, they hoped to bring about a social revolution, to overthrow the squares by doing nothing whatsoever. Then again, they only believed in this because their bou [...]


    4. (Full essay can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter].)(Just 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 attempt.)So 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, [...]


    5. 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 more, I'm still yet to understand why. Two tales make up the central thread of Drop City. Like two parallel spinal cords they prop up the floppy central core of the book. The first spine is the flacid, soaked in acid, hippy fuelled hurrah of Drop City. Most of the people resi [...]


    6. 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 dis [...]


    7. 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 remembered.I 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 coul [...]


    8. A 70s hippie commune called Drop City gets driven out of California and decides to try making it in Alaska. Wild and crazy! If you've ever dreamed of homesteading in Alaska, take heed and be prepared!Some interesting observations about how human nature played a role in destroying their utopian dream: Though they espoused 'peace and love,' they frequently got into fights--many because, though they said they believed in the concept of 'free love,' jealousy erupted when their current love slept wit [...]


    9. The antiwar movement may be sprouting up again, but there's no climate for flower power this time around. The hippies who led America's last great protests against military intervention have been effectively co-opted by Old Navy, their radical message fermented in the stills of Madison Avenue down to an intoxicating syrup of consumerism. If that weren't enough to shoo the merrymakers off, a couple of major literary authors have recently turned the water cannons on them, blasting away their puka [...]


    10. Drop City is a book, above all else, about adventures. You could say that Drop City is a book about hippies, a surprisingly sober insight into the inner monologues of a gaggle of full-fledged flower children as they celebrate free love under the summer sun of California and in the dead serious beauty of the Alaskan middle-of-nowhere. You could say that Drop City is almost as much about trappers, about a society of hard men and women who live off the grid, driven there by fear or stubbornness or [...]


    11. I was very dissappointed by T.C. Boyle on this one. A sad depiction of communal living. Having lived in the midst myself, and visited other communes (intentional living places) all I can really say is his rendering is pure hogwash! I believe the man is a pig, he's lazy and lacking in ability to do proper research. He seemed to find pleasure in making subtle innuendos using the norm of stereotypical stigma(s) in his writing. I found his book ridiculous. The stigma around the counter culture needs [...]


    12. Drop City? More like Drop - alright I won't go there. Needless to say I was not pleased with this read. T.C. Boyle has apparently won prestigious literary awards. This is the only book I have read by him and it leaves me wondering how this is possible. Drop City is the story of a 20-something girl, nicknamed Star (ugh), who joins a hippie commune in the early '70s in California that eventually chooses to pick up and move to their leader's uncle's cabin and land in Alaska. The book is simultaneou [...]


    13. 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 carries a heavy cost. Bills have to be paid. Toilets overflow. Young children are neglected. Freeloaders show up 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 involve [...]


    14. This is a proper, juicy, big novel. I love Boyle's writing style (feels somehow like old-fashioned storytelling) and it's one if those novels you can just sink into. Saying that though, it is a bit long. And I think I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd read it on a long train journey or something, as it's difficult to get back into if you're just reading a few pages here and there.It's a book about a commune that moves to Alaska - I felt cosy reading about fires and stew in cold cabins, but the whole [...]


    15. If you look up ‘hippies’ in the index of Todd Gitlin’s book The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage you’ll find the note: “See counterculture;” and under counterculture you’ll find a smorgasbord of topics, from rock music to mysticism, that will make certain baby-boomers swoon with nostalgia. But for those of us who grew up in the ‘80s—people who’d rather dine with Alex Keaton than Abby Hoffman—hippie culture exists in a series of colored-many-times-over childhood memories [...]


    16. What to make of this book? It's two parallel stories about the 60s in Alaska. One: a hardy homesteader couple. Two: a bunch of hippies, "persecuted" by the law in Mendocino county, who decide to go back to the land, or at least drive a few thousand miles in a giant school bus and set up camp. No points for guessing which social experiment lasts longer.It's a sort of unaffectionate look at the pomp and circumstance of the 1960s. I can certainly sympathize with Boyle's derision - it's been a few y [...]


    17. This is probably my most favorite book I have read in a long time. I am now a true bona fide TC Boyle fan. I really want to go to Alaska now! (Which is kind of funny because I have a reoccurring dream that I am on a train to Alaska… ) But anyway, this book was so well done, well researched, fun to read and I loved all of the characters, for better or worse. I love the subtle humor in this book and how it shows people's flaws and strengths and how all came to be so apparent in Alaska's rugged i [...]


    18. For anyone who grew up in “the sixties,” the idea of dropping out of society and the establishment – tune in, turn on, drop out – seemed pretty romantic at the time, -- for a time. Barefoot hippies with granny dresses and flowers in their hair, a constant flow of drugs, free love, living off the land – what’s not to like, except for constantly dirty feet and bad trips, venereal disease, and cleaning up other people’s messes while never having time to yourself or food that seems mad [...]


    19. Nothing like a book about a commune to get you through a slow class. Great book, fantastic characters. The book was constantly moving, never was there a moment when I was left waiting for something interesting to happen(alright maybe once or twice, but I have yet to come across a book that has absolutely no stand-still moments). My main interest in this book came through the characters, which I already deemed fantastic. Which they truly are. I recommend to anyone looking for an interesting read. [...]


    20. A truly bleak vision of human nature. It was not a good sign that half way through I was ready to skip to the end and call it a day. When this happens, it means that I care enough to want to know the rest of what happens, but that I'm not engaged enough with the characters or the writing or the story to want to make the whole journey with them.


    21. I adored this long novel about 70s back-to-the-land hippies in California who move to Alaska and confront not only the weather and wilderness but also the tough, intolerant, self-reliant Alaskan bush dwellers who have an entirely different take on "back-to-the-land." T.C. Boyle is a great writer.


    22. MARAVILLOSO. ¿Por qué se acaban los libros de Boyle, POR QUÉ? Podría vivir (y divertirme) en cualquiera de ellos PARA SIEMPRE.


    23. Omg! That was soooo amazing man. This made me feel as though I was born in the wrong decade, of this I am certain! I was meant to be apart of this hippy commune. I am sure I would have contributed more then my fair share and added a different perspective of knowledge that could have helped them battle their cruel Alaskan winter. This author captured the heart, mind and soul of the Hippy so perfectly! This was my FAVORITE read of the year by far. But of course all good things had to come to an en [...]


    24. The story itself is unique. I throughly enjoy the way T. Coraghessan flawlessly incorporates two seemingly opposite plots and binds them simultaneously. But. it's too drawn out. Overall it's a bit bland!


    25. This is Boyle's ninth novel, first published in 2003, and it was a National Book Award finalist. The title refers to the topic of focus: a hippie communal experiment along the Russian River in 1970 that then migrates to the wilds of Alaska. If you are familiar with Boyle's earlier work, then you know the novel will explore the life of this commune (and juxtapose it with an alternative coupling of adults) by offering the voice and perspectives of a range of different characters, and through dense [...]


    26. This is the story of Drop City, a commune founded in northern California in the late 60's. There are about 30 hippies who take up residence in this community of free love, endless parties, drugs and dancing. The book follows three of the residents closely. Star and Ronnie (aka Pan) arrived together from Peterskill, New York. Marco came from southern California. Marco and Star start sleeping together and end up as a couple for most of the book, though this is a situation that changes from time to [...]


    27. Epic sprawling novel that although flawed, could be the book of the year and good enough for me to add the authors biblio to these pages.The story is told in two intertwining parts. Part 1 is a hippy commune in San Franciso, charting the relationships and life their in all its glory.The second story, which I enjoy more, is set in alaska at the furthest edges of america and has a woodsman, sess, meeting his would be wife pamela and the other cronies of the town, including his nemesis, Joe Bosky. [...]


    28. This book had caught me somewhat by surprise. Not in a good or bad way, rather just simply a way I did not anticipate the story going. The plot moves in a static style, jumping forward here and there and sometimes skipping scenes you would assume would be there. Which is okay, no complaints here, its just not the way I would have envisioned the story going, I guess. But I like surprises, so that works out just fine. I have read T.C. before, his anthologized short story "Greasy Lake" (which I LOV [...]


    29. This book made me homesick for Santa Rosa. The story is about a hippie commune built just outside the city limits on the principal of "Land Access To Which Is Denied No One" [oft referred to in the story by the cumbersome acronym LATWIDNO] by the callow but good-hearted nephew who inherits a large tract of land. The commune members are eventually evicted from the county on the grounds of all sorts of fire codes, condemned buildings, and that everyone was too high to make a real latrine trench. & [...]


    30. If this were written by anyone but TC Boyle, I would've given it four stars, however I've come to expect better from Boyle. The basic plot is not overly complex. A hippy commune--Drop City--is chased out of California and decides to reincarnate in Alaska as "Drop City North". Overall, TC does a good job of bringing down the microscope on the whole hippy culture, the good and the bad. There are the innocents, idealistic dreamers, and the hustlers and layabouts who run their game under the guise o [...]


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