Drop City by T.C. Boyle

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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 unforgiving landscape of interior Alaska—in the ultimate expression of going back to the land. Armed with the spirit of adventure and naïve optimism, the inhabitants of “Drop City” arrive in the wilderness of Alaska only to find their utopia already populated by other young homesteaders. When the two communities collide, 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. Rich, allusive, and unsentimental, T.C. Boyle’s ninth novel is a tour de force infused with the lyricism and take-no-prisoners storytelling for which he is justly famous.
 

About T.C. Boyle

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T.C. BOYLE is the author of nine short story collections and twelve novels, including World's End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award; Drop City, finalist for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestselling The Women. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he lives near Santa Barbara, California, and is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.
 
Published January 27, 2004 by Penguin Books. 512 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction

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Boyle's protean imagination works overtime in his thickly plotted ninth novel, a big, racy tale of the conflict between a radical utopian commune's idealistic visions and the simpler imperatives of survival in the Alaskan wilderness.

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The Guardian

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Drop City by TC Boyle 444pp, Bloomsbury, £16.99 Many American novelists aspire to be historians of their nation, but TC Boyle is unusual in taking odd footnotes and bizarre marginalia as his inspiration.

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The Guardian

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Drop City by TC Boyle Bloomsbury £16.99, pp464 In America TC Boyle is a highly respected novelist and short story writer.

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Publishers Weekly

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The Drop City family includes Pan (aka Ronnie) and his high school pal Star (aka Paulette Regina Starr), who have fled from the East Coast together;

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BC Books

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And the stage is set for some new and risky challenges for a half-bag bunch of idealistic and naive - and perhaps less than hardy and resourceful - "cats" and "chicks" as they make the transition from the lower 48 to the Last-Frontier 49th, with all the climatic and cultural shocks that come with...

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AV Club

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Opening in 1970, when the hangover of counterculture hedonism is starting to settle, Drop City charts the rapid decline of "Drop City South," a Northern California ranch owned by blissed-out guru Norm Sender, who invites all comers to his haven of peace and free love.

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Entertainment Weekly

One minute the author is writing about some dippy dude come to Alaska to scout a location for Drop City North -- a kid who ''wore a halo of insects round the crown of thorns that was his greasy unbarbered hair and he looked so helpless he might have been newly hatched from the egg.'' The next mi...

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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 unforgiving landscape of interior Alaska—in the ultimate expression of going back to the land.

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Taking first the inner conflicts experienced by individuals departing from fairly ordinary lives to live within the idyllic commune, followed by conflicts between various interpretations of "freedom", and then the inevitable conflict with "The Establishment", Boyle grants us a very practical and ...

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