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Outside Looking in

Outside Looking in
  

A provocative new novel from bestselling author T.C. Boyle exploring the first scientific and recreational forays into LSD and its mind-altering possibilities In this stirring and insightful novel, T.C. Boyle takes us back to the 1960s and to the early days of a drug whose effect... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781982625931
Barcode 9781982625931
Published 9 April 2019 by HarperCollins
Format Audio CD/Audio, Library Edition
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Author(s) By Boyle, T. C.
Read by McClain, Johnathan
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ISBN-13 9781982625931
ISBN-10 1982625937
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 9 April 2019
Publication Country
Format Audio CD/Audio, Library Edition
Edition Library Edition
Author(s) By Boyle, T. C.
Read by McClain, Johnathan
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 142mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 272g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Psychological fiction, Drug abuse, Audiobooks, Communal living
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A provocative new novel from bestselling author T.C. Boyle exploring the first scientific and recreational forays into LSD and its mind-altering possibilities In this stirring and insightful novel, T.C. Boyle takes us back to the 1960s and to the early days of a drug whose effects have reverberated widely throughout our culture: LSD. In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard are gradually drawn into the inner circle of renowned psychologist and psychedelic drug enthusiast Timothy Leary. Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology Ph.D. student and his wife, Joanie, become entranced by the drug's possibilities such that their research becomes less a matter of clinical trials and academic papers and instead turns into a free-wheeling exploration of mind expansion, group dynamics, and communal living. With his trademark humor and pathos, Boyle moves us through the Loneys' initiation at one of Leary's parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys' eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devotees-students, wives, and children-living together in a sixty-four room mansion and devoting themselves to all kinds of experimentation and questioning. Is LSD a belief system? Does it allow you to see God? Can the Loneys' marriage-or any marriage, for that matter-survive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs? Wry, witty, and wise, Outside Looking In is an ideal subject for this American master, and highlights Boyle's acrobatic prose, detailed plots, and big ideas. It's an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness, as well as our seemingly infinite capacities for creativity, re-invention, and self-discovery.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Keeping his own stylistic flamboyance in check, Boyle evokes a cultural flashpoint with implications that transcend acid flashbacks. -- Kirkus Reviews

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Author's Bio

T. C. Boyle is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Drop City, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and World's End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has also written numerous short-story collections. He lives near Santa Barbara, California. Johnathan McClain is an American actor, voice-over talent, and Earphones Award-winning narrator. He pursued stage acting in New York for a number of years and has appeared in many television series, including Law & Order: SVU, Medium, Scoundrels, and CSI: Miami. He also has several narration credits, including Lee Child's Jack Reacher series and Jeremy Logan novels by Lincoln Child.

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