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Drop City by T.C. Boyle
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Jan 14, 12

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Read in November, 2011

A hippie commune (in 1970-ish) is having trouble with the law, so decides to relocate to Alaska's wilderness-ish, where the head of the commune guy just inherited some land. Really, sort of parallel stories, one in the commune and one of a guy in Alaska who just 'acquired' a wife (she wanted to move out there, and interviewed several of the locals, looking for the right husband). But they don't intersect until halfway through a 500 page book. I guess that was needed, in order to establish character and whatnot, but it made it awfully long, even with a sort-of cut off ending. Descriptions of sex and drugs (including the alcohol the locals in Alaska use to get through their days) got old. I guess it was supposed to be funny, but to me more in a wry, satirical way. The idea of free love and off-the-gridness intersecting in a crabs epidemic was sort of funny. I liked the rotating point of view---maybe half a dozen of the characters were narrators of some of the chapters.

Recommended by Chris Dearing

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