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
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!).
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!