Drop City

Drop City

Book - 2003
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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 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 Cityis 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003.
ISBN: 9780670031726
Branch Call Number: BOYLE T
Characteristics: 443 pages ; 24 cm.


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When hippies go into the Alaska frontier, you know it won't go well. I love the comparisons of the hippies and the crusty frontiersmen.

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Aug 30, 2016

I love Boyle's writing style and the way he paints a scene. Unfortunately, Drop City covered a topic I just wasn't interested in. Debauchery has never intrigued me so the prolific descriptions of free love and rampant drug use got a little boring. There were a few characters that I came to care about so that helped. Normally, if I don't enjoy a story I rate it lower but Boyle really is a gifted writer. 5 stars for the writing, 21/2 for the story.

Feb 14, 2014

Another great offering from TC Boyle. Drop City takes a while to get moving but that's because Boyle is a master of detail and description to create atmosphere, scene and a sense of what's to come.

Once Drop City starts the flight to its new location, things really get cooking. The contrasts shown in the characters' personalities and struggles, changes in terrain and goals of the characters lends well to the plot.

hb1966 Jan 05, 2014

Though I pushed myself to finish this book, I would not recommend it as it could have and should have been edited into half its length. It seemed that the interminable descriptions went on and on just for the sake of squeezing in as many similes and metaphors as possible. It would be better to say more with less.

rwgrey Jul 17, 2011

Engaging, easy read. The first novel I've read after a loooong stint with graphic novels, and it kept me fully engrossed - I think I finished it in a couple of days. Written from a few different viewpoints, which was interesting.


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