Drop City

  • by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Narrated by Richard Poe
  • 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling, PEN-Faulkner award-winning author of The Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle is hailed as "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs.

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What the Critics Say

"Boyle understands the multitudinous, sneaky ways innocence insulates itself from ambiguity, but in this novel he leavens that cynical insight with genuine sweetness. While the Day-Glo of the hippie era has long since faded, this novel brings it all back home, and helps us see how much in the American grain it all really was." (Publishers Weekly
"Boyle captures the drop-out-and-get-back-to-the-land spirit of the era, as well as the chill and isolation of the Alaska winter, with a clarity that has earned him a reputation as one of our best writers. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"An accomplished, versatile storyteller and discerning social observer, Boyle writes with enthralling momentum and seductive detail." (Booklist)
"Boyle may be the most entertaining writer in America." (Boston Globe)
"One of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation." (The New York Times)

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Boyle's vision has typically been too uncomfortably honest for me. Drop City, although excruciatingly embarrassing to a survivor of the days of peace and love, didn't evoke the usual feelings of hopelessness and the lack of any possible redemption and allowed for real insights. I recommend highly this funny and original book.
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- Lynne

Peace and Love?

This is the first T.C. Boyle title I have listened to and I enjoyed it enough to want to listen to more from this author.

Like many of the other reviewers here, I too was a young person during the 60’s and 70’s. Like looking at an old photo album of ourselves, I was personally embarrassed to be shown just how clueless many of our ‘enlightened’ generation really were. Boyle not only captures much of the lingo used, but many of the misdirected values and attitudes of that time. And so it went with the ‘brothers and sisters’ of Drop City, an agglomeration of individuals proclaiming peace and love, while really wanting not much more than plenty of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

This book is really two stories of two different worlds, that end up strangely colliding and, somehow, coexisting. The hippie commune in sunny California is evicted by their fed-up neighbors and relocates to wild, forbidding and frigid Alaska. They yearned to get back to nature and live in the bounty of Mother Earth. They soon learn that the nature in Alaska is about as maternal as the savage wolverines who there reside. And winters with temperatures of sixty below zero where sunlight is no more than a rumor, might send even the most alienated peacenik scrambling back to the bosom of the plastic establishment and the creature-comforts of civilization.

This book is a story of the individuals from opposite environments and contradicting values living in very uncomfortable conditions. I got the very clear message that condition of being human is really the overwhelming common denominator.

Good story!
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- JOHN

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-25-2003
  • Publisher: Recorded Books