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Drop City

Drop City

It is the seventies, at the height of flower power. Star has just joined Drop City, a hippie commune in sunny California living the simple, natural life. But underneath the drugs, music and transcendent bliss, she slowly discovers tensions and sexual rivalries that threaten to sp... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780747568070
Published 1 June 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Boyle, T. C.
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ISBN-13 9780747568070
ISBN-10 0747568073
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date 1 June 2004
International Publication Date 1 March 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Boyle, T. C.
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 365g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Hippies - Alaska - Fiction, Communal living - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 177611

Description of this Book

It is the seventies, at the height of flower power. Star has just joined Drop City, a hippie commune in sunny California living the simple, natural life. But underneath the drugs, music and transcendent bliss, she slowly discovers tensions and sexual rivalries that threaten to split the community apart. A world away in Boynton, a tiny town in the interior of Alaska, Sess Harder, a pioneer who actually does live off the land, hunting, trapping and fishing, yearns for someone to share the harsh winters with him. When the authorities threaten to close down Drop City, the hippies abandon camp and head up north to Alaska, the last frontier. But neither they nor the inhabitants of Boynton are completely prepared for each other - and as the two communities collide, unexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Boyle's riveting new novel lays bare the raw reality behind the city-dweller's romantic dream of living at one with nature' The Times 'TC Boyle's doorstop of a book will have you rushing to bed early to find out what happens next a gripping book and a timely reminder of the sexism at the heart of the hippy movement' Good Housekeeping
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
One of America's foremost writers, Boyle's 14 previous works of fiction include The Road to Welville, East is East and The Tortilla Curtain, all of which have been greeted with much critical acclaim and countless literary awards. In this novel he introduces a group of hippies living in California in the early 1970s, their ups and downs, ideals (or lack of them) and failures. It also tells of the very different life of Sess Harder, a man eking out a living in the wilds of Alaska. Poles apart, these two worlds are thrown together, and the ensuing culture clashes, friendships, enmities and sexual politics make for fascinating reading. This is a stunning piece of writing. Evocative, insightful, funny, sometimes harrowing and with a fair share of suspense thrown in for good measure, it holds the reader in a firm grip from start to finish. Boyle gives an interesting view of two iconographic American figures: the Seventies hippy and the wilderness pioneer. Boyle himself spent time after college with a druggy set, but his portrayal of the Drop City 'cats' is far from nostalgic or romantic. He brings into question the ideals of the flower-power generation and their ability to survive. Placing them out in the Alaskan woods leads to some real hilarity as well as to more serious consequences, and Alaska itself is presented neither as a Christmas card idyll nor as a wild and adventure-filled paradise. Throughout, Boyle imparts a sense of impending disaster. Something dire lurks just around the corner, but the reader is reprieved several times. Favoured individuals seem destined to be axed, but the author tantalizingly switches scenes, only later taking away the sword handing above their heads. Drop City deserves to be a bestseller and confirms Boyle's reputation as one of the finest novelists around. (Kirkus UK)

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Author's Bio

T.C. Boyle's novels include WORLD'S END winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, THE TORTILLA CURTAIN, RIVEN ROCK,WATER MUSIC and FRIEND OF THE EARTH. His stories appear regularly in most major magazines, including The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Granta and The Paris Review. He lives in California.

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