- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Three Clover Press (December 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981955339
- ISBN-13: 978-0981955339
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cloyne Court Paperback – December 8, 2009
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Dodie is working on his second novel, "Rock Star Planet", a Young Adult science fiction adventure. He is waiting to retire to finish his third novel, "Devil Mountain DA", a fictional account of life in a dysfunctional district attorney's office.
Top Customer Reviews
If you like the movie Animal House, and have any interest in the going-ons of College in the 70s, or Berkeley in particular, you're also going to love this book.
Get it, read it slowly, and enjoy!
One of the things that surprised me about this book is the amount of homophobia presented in the novel. I've grown up in an environment where people I think feel free to be "out" so it was scary to realize how closeted the men had to be just 30 years ago.
When I was done with the book, I remarked to my husband that I won't think about a plate of brownies again in the same way!
I recommend this book for anyone that has gone to college, or plans to go to college, or thought about going to college. Also for anyone who knows someone who went to college, because that buttoned up shirt wearing respectable man might have some stories to tell.
People, I can verify that as unbelievable as Dodie's novelized account may be, stuff just like this ACTUALLY happened.
I lived at Cloyne Court for only one year, the 1965-6 academic year, but I could write a pretty interesting book about that short but potent experience. Lots of sophomoric craziness mixed in with being as serious a student as I could be. Just to give you a taste of daily living at Cloyne,
the following is off the top of my head...
...Motorcycles going up and down the hallway with mostly drunk student waitresses from the women's house down the street aboard the passenger seats at what was billed as a senior graduation dinner. The dinner had degenerated into a monstrous pre-Animal House food fight with tables flipped over for protection and the walls decorated with fragments of baked potato missiles and ketchup halos from what the Co-Op passed off as steak, a special food just for that event. That was a rather typical day from that year variously filled with dinner-time milk drinking contests that made Nathan's events look tame, perpetual poker games, giant vats of green beer brewing on the stove (bottles of which still exist!), sporadic but semi-serious water balloon wars with the fraternity across the street, parties stocked with girls bused in from Mills College who definitely would never return a second time, an incredible array of residents including one who would only walk on the dark tiles in the checkerboard linoleum floor; all this in a house that worked pretty well for what it needed to do.Read more ›
Author Dodie Katague lived at co-ed Cloyne Court during the years 1977- 1979. In his opening, he tells the reader that 75% of this memoir is based on fact and the other 25% was added "for plot purposes."
Living in a co-op is a unique experience. As Derek found out, the residents set the rules of the residence and are responsible for it's daily operations. You want your room cleaned, then you clean it. When the common areas are dirty, you'd better hope that those with that job task get it done. There are no hired cleaning staff. Members also have to learn to deal with personality, culture and political clashes. There is no hired ombudsman to adjudicate. At the same time as the co-op members are dealing with their living arrangements, they also have to attend lectures and complete their assignments and study. More pressure than living in an official residence, though with the added benefit of learning how to live with a wide variety of 'roommates'.
Right from his first day, when Derek accidentally sits in on the Sunday night women's group and ends up explaining how he pleases a woman even though he has not yet 'been with a woman', he is thrust into an endless series of new situations. Co-ed showers. Ttemptations (sex, drugs, rock and roll). Politics/social causes. Religion/cults. Sort of a trial by fire situation.Read more ›
Spurred by an impulse and the advice of an odd and witchy old woman he sees on the train going home one day, he moves into a college residence - and thereby takes the first steps onto the necessary path of becoming something a little more than a teenager: this is not so much an account of four years of carefree pranks, debauchery and substance abuse with a little academic enrichment squeezed in between - but a rambling account of how a young man first encounters the larger world, that world outside the shelter of a family, establishing an identity of our own, something beyond just being a son or a daughter, an extension of our parents. This is where we first encounter straight-on such things as the pitfalls of sexuality and sexual attraction, of individual responsibility, of coping with a bureaucracy, the randomness of fate, coping with people very, very different from ourselves, where we first cope with love and unrequited devotion, junk furniture with a strange history, tasty adult beverages . . . and being caught up in a student demonstration when all we really needed to do was turn in some necessary paperwork. Not to mention that strange camaraderie that arises when you spend a great deal of time with other individuals in an odd environment, where everyone knows the rituals and the place, as well as the importance of seemingly inconsequential things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I lived at Cloyne at a slightly different time than the author, but can attest that what he described was far from fiction! ---Published 16 months ago by craigery
Extremely interesting read. I've purchased it twice now and I hope the author comes out with his new book soon!Published on August 5, 2013 by DmC
In October 1976, Dodie Katague is a freshman at Berkeley University in California. This is the age of the hippie, free love, drugs, sex and rock 'n roll. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by Sandra Iler Kirkland
Let's go back in time to the 1970's to UC Berkely in California. Cloyne Court, a co-ed student housing co-op, is the central location for much of this story. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Jasmyn9
Upon receiving a message from a peculiar woman on a train, Derek moves into a co-ed college housing complex called "Cloyne Court" while attending UC Berkley. Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by RJDoesBooks
Talk about your life in an animal house. It is amazing how well you get a long with a group of guys when you are around them for a length of time. Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Barbara Hightower
In 1946, the "real" all male "Animal House" was born when Cloyne Court become a student co-op. Read more
American colleges have always fascinated me. University in Australia, in my experience at this age was very different. Australian campus' seem well, dull in comparison. Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Simon Jones
Cloyne Court is a glimpse into Berkeley Campus Life (sans classes) in late 1970's. The characters are well developed- and a little crazy- to say the least. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by M