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Drop City

SUMMARY ↠ MY-KASPERSKY.CO.UK ✓ T. Coraghessan Boyle

Condemnation which is compassionate also of those ti The evil side of the happy go lucky flower power nicorn rainbow time that wasn t as peaceful as one might supposeWhat if hippies weren t the friendly peace loving open minded tolerant etc great alternative to normal society but just as bad as normal people with the difference that they do as if they were sooo alternative and progressiveBuilding on this plot Boyle offers another splendid description of the bigotry and mendacity that grows in each society In this case it is interesting to see how good ideals can be perverted to let the conservative suppressing system seem better than anarchy chaos and too much freedom I could imagine this book as a great kick starter for complex philosophical political sociological etc discussions and of course debates because it does nothing else than confronting a liberal socialist dystopia with the standard mentality of this time and opening socialist dystopia with the standard mentality of this time and opening endless epic political mentality A vs mentality B battle Nyx until boredom and sleep kick inAnd the great thing is that it all comes with subtext wit and strange happenings and no admonishing moral finger A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books 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 rememberedI laughedntil 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 Blanco nocturno uptight rather than sweet talking them How certain people could always be countedpon to shirk the hard labor on some sort of philosophical grounds relating to freedom or simply lying low but to show p regularly at mealtimes with their plates out When the commune falls afoul of county Sanitation Department the downfall of many a commune they decide to move to Alaska to live off the land These Drop City chapters are interspered with a whole second story about people actually living off the land in Alaska showing s just how much skill and preparation and labor that takes and how deadly serious that kind of life is as opposed to the self deluded chaotic everything that is is okay life of the commune A collision course with Reality seems to be the order of the day Great great fiction and a terrific gift I ve given over and over again 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 I m still yet to The Ippos King (Wraith Kings, understand why Two tales makep the central thread of Drop City Like two parallel spinal cords they prop p 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 residing in the collection of yurts tree houses flop houses and tents are a fairly reprehensible group of individuals who have a mild work allergy and are so lazy they re happy to live in a green and pleasant they re happy to live in a green and pleasant surrounded by their own chickpea laden bowel eruptions People When you are content to camp in fields of your own shit it is probably time to have a Little Word With Yourselves By word with yourselves By contrast the second spinal cord propping p the book is one of ice and iron The residents of Boynton Alaska are survivalist self sufficient and living off the skinny of the land Alaska has very little fat Life is hard and if you can catch it then you can stew it eat it or wear it Those who choose to live along the 30 mile river are spikier than snow shoes and harder than a frozen sliver of moose jerky You know at some point the peace and love lives of the dippy hippies of Drop City are going to collide entwine enmesh and embed in the peace but a lot less love filled lives of the trappers hunters and self sufficient men on the 30 mile but it is just a matter of waiting and maybe tie dying a few t shirts ntil the story ponderously climaxes The two parallel tales finally collide where and when you might imagine and hippy v trapper hijinx ensue The hippies generally come out of it all looking half arsed self absorbed and clueless Kind of inexplicable kind of predictable but still kind of readable Full essay can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomJust like anyone else who is a lo. Of adventure and naïve optimism the inhabitants of “Drop City” arrive in the wilderness of Alaska only to find their topia already populated by other young homesteaders When the two communities collide Discovering Your Heart with the Flag Page unexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born 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 come with a heavy cost Bills have to be paid Toilets overflow Young children are neglected Freeloaders showp 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 involvement in the Haight
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scene and communal living in 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 display and taking everything to sonar depths scary depths of character and culture What the novel has to reveal about the exploitation of the counterculture Women For Instance Would women for instance would Boyle to the stature of a feminist icon except always couches that exploitation in painful individual weakness and drug addled confusion The way he dramatizes the inarticulate fumbling of adolescence and the mistakes it leads to could make the author some sort of Guide for Youth except his monosyllabic exchanges freighted with hormones and Prom Kings and Drama Queens unspoken private histories are always so hilarious as are swift palpable perfect descriptions Plus jeepers how the plot moils I m writing this shortly after getting through a central climactic brouhaha bloody yet comic each complication erupting out of the blue yet dead right for the moment and the people involved and I had to sit back yank my head out the 360 degree kaleidoscope and ask what has he been smoking The collapse of the sixties free love movement is perhaps the greatest defeat Western society has endured The flower children believed in a worldnshackled 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 suares by doing nothing whatsoever Then again they only believed in this because their bourgeois parents had the misfortune to raise them in a time of plenty giving them the freedom to run off and party in multicoloured pants with a wad of hard earned notes in their tote bags I hate hippies Drop City has little sympathy for the hippie movement as it cocks a snook at the idle brothers and sisters whose goal was essentially to avoid work at all costs and puff on drug pipes Nowadays hippies are known as PhD or liberal arts students and the drug consumption remains the same Centring on a large cast of caricatured free lovers Boyle s detached narrative style has the surgical cynicism and breathless rush of Foster Wallace with the compassionate satire of Kingsley Amis Although his narrator goes a sentence or three too far with each description he hits a note of buzzy mania perfect for the vibrant rush of the era though obviously ite infuriating in its excessAs the commune based on this real commune in southern Colorado battles nasty Nam dropouts and a planned council demolition the group hotfoot it to Alaska where they take refuge in their iced out bus and numerous well insulated shacks Star the least loose of the women is somewhat the centre of the novel though Boyle s narrator is of your top down move the marionettes model less personally committed and little genuine empathy is achieved for any of these freeloaders and grizzly weirdoes It s a fun ride regardless For me some novels just blur after putting them down and I don t remember anything significant about the book a new friend potentially I had spent hours with A lot of crime novels are like that but with Drop City I recall almost all the plot and the details Such an interesting book about a class of people whom I especially loathed at the time ntil I came back from overseas and got to know a few through work and friends of friends namely hippies political radicals religious nuts females who seemed to be lost macho men who were anything but Boyle was one of those Haight Ashbury types who kept one eye open while living high and produced a magnificent black comedic. It is 1970 and a down at the heels California commune devoted to peace free love and the simple life has decided to relocate to the last frontier the Lettice the Flower Girl unforgiving landscape of interior Alaska in theltimate expression of going back to the land Armed with the spirit. Ver of 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 attemptSo 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 to tell you the truth the other one being The Road to Wellville possibly his most famous because of the 1994 movie version starring Anthony Hopkins Matthew Broderick Bridget Fonda John Cusack and version starring Anthony Hopkins Matthew Broderick Bridget Fonda John Cusack and 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 pon an annoying jacket photo I think in which he was wearing an annoying jacket The jacket was an advertisement for cloying insubstantial stylist with a magical realist veneer I never gave him a chance after that He even read once at a bookstore where I worked and I didn t even want to look at him I hated the look of him Even now after reading this I m not a convert though I now have respect for his ability to write a longish novel a longish straightforward realist novel without a magical realist veneer that I couldn t put down through sickness and through health through Martha Speaks and through Curious George I admired this book for its details and set pieces than for its larger themes and messages In the larger scope of its themes there were few surprises Of course there s in fighting in a hippy commune even as there are virtues that could recommend it Of course if that hippy commune moves to Alaska for the winter things will not go well So any larger intended social message was lost on me I didn t want to hear it or I had heard it all already But the landscapes described The atmospheres delineated And the storytelling from A to B to C And the researched minutiae These are what hooked me Even the characters didn t enthral me Or rather their development or lack thereof didn t For a 450 page book the characters remained remarkably ndeveloped at least within the nitty gritty of the actual words on the page words applying specifically to them and their inner worlds The characters were like parts of the overall landscapes described hippy dippies and homesteaders inextricably linked to their environments merged with their environments4 stars for sheer entertainment value and for its descriptions of hippy chick tits and grizzly bear violence trumping childrens programming 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 Slade (Walk of Shame, uite a number of books set around 1970 in counterculture milieus that gives the stories of radical political groups who live in suats 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 in the slightest Drop City is a far cry from political activism and introduces s to this commune in sunny California where people are just lazing around smoking dope and listening to psychodelic music all day long Exactly like you would imagine the majority of the hippies in sunny communes in California were doing Norm the leader is the leader solely by virtue of the fact that he ownes the property and provides the cash to buy groceries He is a great talker and has no problems getting the girls although he doesn t believe in brushing his teeth or personal hygiene in general and his glasses are all taped p We get to know a wide variety of the people sharing this sunny communal life ranging from very sweet dopeheads bad hippie parents a bit of acid couldn t hurt the kid exploited girls doing all the cooking and offering their bodies in the name of sexual freedom to Better Lucky Than Dead (Chance Lee, uite a few genuine assholes They all go on a great big adventure in a great big schoolbus to the far reaches of the USA It remains a really hilarious account to the end and surprisingly enough nothing really dramatically bad ever happens to them but perhaps other people wouldn t agree with me on that So if you are in the mood for reading a truly funny book read this book. S everyone struggles with the bare essentials of life love nourishment and a roof over one’s head Rich allusive andnsentimental TC Boyle’s ninth novel is a tour de force infused with the lyricism and take no prisoners storytelling for which he is justly famou.