Drop City Paperback – Mar 1 2004
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One thing I'd like to say for people who are just cruising other reviews is that I don't think Boyle is as negative about hippy culture as some make him out to be. There seem to be a lot of readers who want to bash hippies and like this book because they think that's what it was doing. But I think Boyle has a lot more understanding of free-loving, drug taking dropouts. He writes them with humor, but it's an affectionate humor. I've no doubt there's a bit of Pan in him, a bit of a freeloving hedonist. He may be passed it and on to age and wisdom, but this novel was absolutely not written by someone ranting from a pulpit - as some of the other reviewers have done.
So read it for the same reasons you'd read any Boyle novel. It's intelligent, amusing, thought provoking and more fun than almost anything else out there.
The only thing I found puzzling was Pamela, who marries a trapper living in a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska. She does this because she's afraid of what's happening to society, with all the hippies and drop-outs. But when they move to a cabin near hers, she becomes friends with them right away. I just thought it would've taken her much longer to even think of getting to know them. Otherwise I found the book well-written, often funny, and enjoyable.
The description of Drop City's migration to the north is intertwined with the story of the modern-day mountain men and women of Boynton, Alaska - living off the land, they are also dropouts from "straight" society in their own ways.
T.C. Boyle is masterful at examining the dream of the frontier, and all its limitations, through a large and diverse cast of characters. Each player's narrative voice conveys a unique perspective: drugged haze, frustrated masculinity, awe in the face of Nature's power, and transcendant happiness are just a few of the feelings the reader will experience as the narrative moves between the characters. The hippies Star and Marco, and the frontier couple, Sess and Pamela, are the true survivors in the story, and you will be rooted to your seat as their happiness is jeopradized again and again by the freaky, unhinged characters that surround them. "Drop City" is a compelling, emotional and suspenseful tale of life on the edge of sanity, society, and basic survival, and a thrilling depiction of the beauty and danger that ensues when people choose to live this life.
Most recent customer reviews
I picked this up one evening from the lost & found when working a night shift and bookless, the cover intrigued me. I enjoyed the book, a great read and very interesting. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2005 by Lisa
I read this book and felt that the narrator's voice was not the author's voice. Rather, it was a narrator that was able to reflect that although these people saw themselves as... Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by R. Gahan
This book is really great. I couldn't stop thinking about it for days after I finished it. It's also a book that can appeal to a wide range of people. Read morePublished on June 23 2004
This novel was very engaging and accurate in it's depiction of the drug-addled and heady days of the 70's. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Heather
With breathless prose T.C.Boyle perfectly conveys the druggy travails of the Drop City commune's residents in this episodic novel which gradually builds in power as his cast of... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by C. Gardner
I'm very much in agreement with "vitaminj's" review from earlier this year. I'm appreciative of Boyle's talent and the deft drawing of his characters. Read morePublished on May 29 2004
I was there, and I can tell you Boyle's descriptions of the pothead slackers of the sixties is dead on. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Randall Neustaedter
As with all T.C. Boyle's books, this one is no different: well-written, brilliant, and engaging, you simply can't go wrong with anything the man does. Read morePublished on April 27 2004