Book #53: Drop City

All I really know about T.C. Boyle is that he went to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, AKA one of the most prestigious writing programs in the country, AKA the Mecca of the literary world (sort of) and a place I droll over. But what it means is that because I’m from Iowa and T.C. Boyle went to the Writers Workshop, I feel like I have some sort of claim to him. Somehow.

Anyway, Drop City was my first T.C. Boyle novel. And it was an interesting read. Basically, it’s about these hippies who lose their commune in California and decide to settle in Alaska. If you can’t imagine a bunch of pretentious, strung out, pot-smoking hippies building a settlement in Alaska and trying to rough it in the middle of nowhere, and you want to know what that would look like, then this is the book for you.

To be honest, I don’t have a whole lot to say about Drop City. It was a pleasant enough read, I suppose. I liked Boyle’s dialogue and writing style. I just wasn’t really a fan of the story. I felt like it was missing something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It was almost like the story didn’t have a driving force behind it, or some central “pull” that made me really want to keep reading. It’s not like Drop City was all over the place like I thought White Teeth was, but it just felt like somehow, it wasn’t quite right.

Overall, I think I’d recommend Drop City, if you’re interested in the 70s and the hippie movement. It might annoy you a little, because the characters are irritating (but then again, even though I think they’re cool, hippies irritate me, so maybe that was my problem with this book). I wish I could say more, but Drop City was just a little “meh.”

Rating: ***
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 A Modest Proposal


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