A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an ecologically. In the afterword to the 30th-anniversary edition of his novel, Ernest Callenbach writes, “Looking back, it seems clear that Ecotopia was the. Ecotopia,” the ’70s cult novel, has seeped into the American PRESCIENT In Ernest Callenbach’s ’70s book, residents of Ecotopia recycle and.

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Try suggesting today to someone that if he want a burger, he slaughter the animal. And cwllenbach shouldn’t we dream of a better world? There are other words for the act of physical intimacy, but I think he thought he was going for shocking and “anti-establishment”.

We are too much dead weight, we have to have a fixed wing and lots of power. Definitely had its moments, and as a “we could live a different way” story was something that resonates These chapters sometimes devolve into puerile hippie sex fantasy.

I could quote the whole thing – my list of highlights is both impressive and daunting – but I really feel I’m better serving other potential readers by simply urging them to read it and discover those moments of brilliance for themselves.

Ecotopia: A Novel – Ernest Callenbach – Google Books

Since when is it environmental to waste wood by letting it rot away? If Callenbach is embarrassed by any of this 30 years on, he gives no indication in the new afterword. Part of the novel is his private journal entries; the other parts his published columns. Through Weston’s diary we learn of observations he does not include in his columns, such as his personally transformative love affair with an Ecotopian woman.

Maybedog rated it did not like it Shelves: Read this soooo long ago.


Revisiting the 1970s eco-cult classic that gripped a nation

Journal of the History of Sexuality 16, no. The ending includes the only real cliff-hanger in the story line, so I will avoid spoiling it here. What’s the Name o He was a dreamer, a pied piper when working kids, and very self-reliant.

Although some passages could be questioned groups, societies, ethnicities depicted in a stereotypical manner, sometimes sexist and racist although it feels like the novel tries not to bethe novel is still very progressive in trying! Views Read Edit View history. There’s also quite a lot on racial and gender segregation, enough to fuel a raging talk about racism and feminism, and how Callenbach is this and that. At the time Ecotopia was written, such ideas were mainly associated with radicals in the Black Power and other ethnic movements.

My overwhelming impression of this book is one of optimism and hope; belief in the better nature of humankind, even if we need things reduced to the personal scale to achieve it. Maybe it only works because it’s fictionalised, but I’d like to think we’re at least moving in that direction, as a whole, slow though our progress might be.

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Mine was already read by others. According to Scott Timberg, quoting University of Nevada environmental-literature professor Scott Slovic in The New York Times”‘Ecotopia’ [the concept] became almost immediately absorbed into the popular culture. As for “free” marijuana, we are in the midst of a world where many if not most people I know have tried marijuana, many people I know still love ecootpia enjoy it whether or not it is ‘legal’ to do so, and where many states have begun acknowledging that marijuana smoking is often far less dangerous to society or to individuals than, say, consuming alcohol, by easing laws and restrictions despite continuing federal opposition.

Such a submovement demonstrates what libertarian advocates of secession have long argued, that once you acknowledge the legitimacy of a particular act of calenbach, you implicitly acknowledge all others theoretically right down to the individual. Even better, I was impressed by how many of his ideas came to pass.


Man can’t fly that way!

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I’ve seen callenbacb on this site that excoriated this novel due to the “free” sex and the “free” marijuana featured as a part of Ecotopian culture, and I’d like to comment on these things as well but not to excoriate them.

The imbedded reporter considers this, believes it’s true the reporter was a personal associate of the Calleenbach. Callenbach shows us an alternative to the corporate- and profit-dominated world we live in now. And since books that present our almost certainly bleak future as having the possibility of positive chance are rare, it is worth reading. This is a flawed masterpiece, an original etnest that sticks to the inside of your head OK my head for decades.

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