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Drop City
Drop City
Author: T. Coraghessan Boyle
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142003800
ISBN-10: 0142003808
Publication Date: 1/27/2004
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 93 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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tish avatar reviewed Drop City on + 384 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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
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Helpful Score: 4
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!).
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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!
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An interesting book about people with different ideas and expectations of communal living


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