Drop City

Boyle, T. Coraghessan

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Drop City
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: 0670031720
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOYLE
Characteristics: 443 p. ;,24 cm


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The residents of a California commune in 1970 decide to move to Alaska and live off the land there. Some of its members have an agenda that has little to do with peace and love. It's interesting to watch them interact with the serious homesteaders who are living in the remote area where they wind... Read More »

Sure, the members of this 1970's commune that resettles in a remote corner of Alaska say they're all about peace and love, but you find that there are other agendas beneath the surface.

I always thought I was meant to live on a commune, but the reality of commune-life can be far from idyllic. Set in 1970, Drop City, a California commune, decides to relocate to Alaska, where tensions rise between the commune and a group of homesteaders.

2003. Sure, the members of this 1970's commune that resettles in a remote corner of Alaska say they're all about peace and love, but you find that there are other agendas beneath the surface.

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Feb 14, 2014
  • funky_d rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Jul 17, 2011
  • rwgrey rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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