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Drop City is funny, evocative, and well-paced, shifting between the hippies and the Alaskan locals--primarily Sess and his new bride Pamela (a city dweller who arranged stays with several trappers over a few weeks to determine whom she would marry)--until the two cultures collide. Balanced between plot and character, Boyle excels at describing the physical world and his characters' interaction with it, whether portraying the harshness (or sheer beauty) of the Alaskan wilderness, the simple survival routines of its grizzled inhabitants, or the sounds wafting through Drop City: "the goats bleating to be milked or fed, the single sharp ringing note of a dog surprised by its own hunger, the regular slap of the screen door at the back of the house--and underneath it all, like the soundtrack to a movie, the dull hum of rock and roll leaking out the kitchen windows." Truly American in spirit, Drop City is a strong novel of freedom and those in pursuit of lives of liberty. --Michael Ferch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I finished the book very quickly, and wanted it to last even longer than its 497 pages.
I though there was something fishy so I did a search and found the Diggers web site and therein was the bio of the two communes that T.C used for his book.
I found the characters to be so well drawn they seemed very real, particularly the primary characters in the book.
I love T.C. Boyle's satirical style, and this book really made me look at my hippie college friends in a new light. I loved it!Published 9 days ago by Vegigirl
It was recommended by a friend. The story was interesting. Crazy at times. Free spirited to say the least of the drug induced hippies.Published 3 months ago by Mary M. Lyle
loved it. reminded me of some of my friends and neighbors in the 60;s and very early 70's a trip down memory lane...Published 4 months ago by sara rinehart
I wish more neo-hippies would read this. The dream takes work and fortitude, unless your plan is panhandling.Published 4 months ago by Q
Boyle's usual themes (social and environmental) are presented in a Northern California commune which eventually moves to Alaska. It started out interesting, but soon grew tedious. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeanne L. Jusaitis
The book was new & in excellent condition. I haven't finished the book & probably never will.. It was recommended to me by a friend
but after reading 2 or 3 chapters I lost... Read more