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12 January 2009 @ 09:20 am
Drop City  

I just finished reading Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle. It's about a struggling Californian hippie commune in 1970 that decides to uproot and move up to the remote wilds of Northern Alaska and the folks already living there who have a variety of reactions to the newcomers. The novel starts great with two excellent settings and a host of interesting characters. Boyle's lyrical writing is read-aloud delightful and chock full of his signature whimsical similes. The only problem is that both he and the reader get so used to the two stories being separate that when they finally collide in their inevitable climax, Boyle seems to lose some of his interest. The final act, which was likely the genesis of the novel, seems a bit flat and uneventful compared to the scenarios that the reader and the characters themselves were fearing. Definitely some great writing though and well worth the time it takes to read.

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a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on January 12th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
T. Coraghessan Boyle, to me, is like this great talent expressing a little mind. I suppose as opposed to my little talent expressing my great mind :|

I'm sure he'd rather be him than me.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: typing monkeyassmonkeydiary on January 12th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
T. Coraghessan Boyle, to me, is like this great talent expressing a little mind. I suppose as opposed to my little talent expressing my great mind :|

I think there's some real truth to that, at least in regards to Boyle. However I've yet to be convinced that your talent is merely "little."

I'm sure he'd rather be him than me.

I think any writer worthy of the title should jump at the chance to be become someone else (and thus truly know their experience), especially if doing so made them twenty years younger (two more decades to write!) and allowed them to experience the opposite gender.

Edited at 2009-01-12 04:43 pm (UTC)
zantimisfit on January 12th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Admit it, you only read this book because there are asses on the cover.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafassmonkeydiary on January 12th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm a fan of Boyle and the subject matter flirts with relevance to the novel I'm trying to write, but I'll grant you that the cover was certainly a selling point.

In other news, I really want to see this movie for some reason....

misterhumbug on January 13th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
I watched The Unborn this weekend. Meh. Some nice visuals (not merely limited to the above-referenced ass), but it was generally kind of dull. Which, from my perspective, isn't a quality that one prizes in their horror movies.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on January 13th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when I decided I wanted to see it, I tried to find some positive reviews, but they were few and far between.
lipbylipbylipby on January 13th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
I tend to think that Boyle gets carried away with his own cleverness and loses the human element.