Set in 1970, this book is about a commune that relocates from CA to Alaska, only to find homesteaders already in residence. About the collision of the two communities--very funny in places. Gritty, entertaining. A real eye-opener if you (like me) don't know much about this time period in American culture.
National Book Award Finalist, and some purty-looking nekkid folk on the cover too (but face-down so it's not porno or anything!).
if you were a "real" hippie this book's beginning will make you laugh outloud. when the action turns to the differece between the hippies and the Alaskan wilderness it lost me a little.It felt sad that the Love
children could let it all be lost because of one or two people.
there is a wonderful love story inside this book and because of that i gave it a 7. it is a good read but a little long
An excellent two-way look at the hippie world--from both the inside and the outside. Characters are fascinating and the story is quite suspenseful. A great read for anyone interested in this era.
Wow. What a great read. A hippie commune meets a hardcore back-woods Alasakan trapper, how much more far off the beaten path can you get? Boyle put each of his fascinating and compelling characters in whacked-out and unexpected (yet believable) pressure cooker situations, and I couldn't wait to find out what they'd do. I finished the book several months ago and still think about the characters and wonder how they're faring. Highly recommended.
This book I recommend if you were anywhere near the Summer of Love.The story itself was intriguing, and I hate to admit the cover lured me in.It's a real hoot at times but has some heavy undertones as well. All an all a fun ride. If you liked Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool Aid Acid Test you will probably like this.The liner has one review which says it's Jack London meets Ken Kesey!
if you were alive in the hippie days, you will get a laugh and possible flashbacks from this witty book. it grew long in places but is a very good read
T. C. Boyle has an intelligent and descriptive writing style and he is a celebrated, award-winning author. Much can be expected of a novel whose author holds these credentials. Drop City one of the best books I've read this year. I liked his narratives and his subject matter. I laughed and smiled the entire way through the book. Parts of the book are hilarious and some are just amusing, but it all adds up to a fun read. Plus, I learned some new words because the language is so complex! I recommend this book to readers who are tired of commercial fiction and love a good literary read.
Boyles is a good writer, this time the era is the hippie generation, the scene is a commune, idealism bumps up against reality.
If you missed life in the 70's in a commune, this story brings it back to life
Fantastically funny, really took me back. :-)
An interesting book about people with different ideas and expectations of communal living
I couldn't get into this book. *NOTE*:This is the British addition of this ISBN#. The ISBN # to this book is actually 0747571562, but the system won't accept the UK Isbn #
I really like Boyle - but I just couldn't get into this one
I graduated from high school in 1968, the height of the free-love/summer-of-love/hippie movement. And living and growing up in Utah, I always thought that I had missed out on this. I didn't go to San Francisco and live the life-style in Haight Ashbury and Berkeley and no, I didn't make it to Woodstock. But after reading Boyle's superb novel, Drop City, I'm actually glad that I missed out on this misguided movement.
The novel takes place in 1970 and alternates between the tale of a California commune near the Russian River and a group of trappers and bushmen living and surviving at the farthest outreaches of Alaska. The group in California is living the life most of them always wanted, dropped out from society with no laws or rules, smoking pot and using LSD, and sleeping with most anyone willing. But then the leader of the group, Norm, who owns the ranch they are living on, runs into trouble with the local community when he is unable to pay his taxes. As a result, he comes up with a plan to move the entire group to Alaska where his uncle had a cabin used as a base for his trapping operation. Well, they make it to Alaska using an old school bus but do they have the stuff to survive? The group is mostly naive about the hardships there especially when it gets to 40 below zero in the winter.
The book is full of memorable characters including Sess Harder and his wife Pamela who have dropped out of society in Alaska but can achieve their existence through hard work. Sess and Pamela do make friends with some of the hippie group but conflicts with others still exist. The conditions of the commune in California and later in Alaska were pretty deplorable as described by Boyle. This included a lack of sewer facilities, meager food and subsistence, a lack of bathing by the group, and the inevitable conflicts that come up. As I said earlier, I'm glad I missed out on this experience! Overall though, this was an excellent novel full of emotions from humor to grief. High recommendation.
A group of hippies decide to relocate their commune to Alaska.