A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an. Ecotopia,” the ’70s cult novel, has seeped into the American But to Mr. Callenbach and many of his fans, “Ecotopia” is a blueprint for the. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Few philosophies have a greater mutual suspicion and natural antipathy to each other than libertarianism and.

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But again – it was the seventies, and that’s one of the few areas that shows its age so badly. Reading this was a priority for me because I have known many who speak of this book as a revolutionary, holistic blueprint for a sustainable society. In the end, I can only say that author was correct in his afterword, that although Ecotopia is remarkable as a first vision of such a green ecotopa, it is no longer a convincing or viable vision and is important mostly for being the first of its kind rather than the most persuasive, likely, or accurate.

Ecotopia is a flawed vision of a flawed future.

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It all sounds good to me and most, but the second it comes down to true sacrifice, people jump ship as though it’s on fire. And that’s a good thing. I’m not sure that society will eventually resemble Callenbach’s ideas, but it has been a very influential book. 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!

The protagonist is Will Weston, a reporter for the New York Times-Post who is the first American to travel to Ecotopia, nineteen years after secession.

I was pleasantly surprised, however, at how well the novel read. It’s because it is sooo thoroughly knowledgable and loaded with great suggestion that it is entirely unrealistic and ‘absurd’.


Even a nurse in an Ecotopian hospital adds sex to her healing methods. Liberal cannabis use is evident.

Ecotopian society has favored decentralized and renewable energy production and green building construction. Neil Schulman “Since this kind review of my novel was published in a new edition of the book — Alongside Night — The Movie Edition A journalist from the U. These chapters sometimes devolve into puerile hippie sex fantasy. At first, I really enjoyed the book. What he sees is a eco-friendly nation, that was able to change habits, and create a new society.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If he want a chair to rest his fat ass in, then he has to cut the tree and build it himselves.

Heroin and other hard drugs are legal, but unfortunately only as a government monopoly. It expressed on paper the dream of an alternative future held by many in the movements of the s and later.

Think of this as going to the museum to see the Atlas Maior of Joan Blaeu, the Declaration of Independence, or whatever is your favorite old document. And since books that present our almost certainly bleak future as having the possibility of positive chance callenbacu rare, it is worth reading.

The current governmental administration that of a woman-led but not exclusively female party, and government structures are highly decentralized.

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

He edits natural history books and the journal Film Quarterly at the University of California Press, and lectures on environmental topics all over the world. What’s the Name o I imagine it is, and I hate to think what influence it may have had on my adolescent mind back then.

The casual discussion of nuclear fission and fusion was surprising. Net rated it it was amazing. Sustainability, which the title tells you is the overarching topic, is looked at from various angles: Ecotopia is a new country, its territory consists of Northen California, Oregon and Washington. Creative Commons Attribution 3. The evil of warfare has been ritualized as a way of dissipating its awful power and relegating it to the safe, if frightening, confines of ceremony.


Oddly if you’ll take a look at the attempt at a story here you’ll see that even here told by someone who believes it I made comments and was immediately swarmed by thought police Mr. InAudio Renaissance released a partial dramatization of Ecotopia on audiocassettes in the form of recordings of a radio network broadcast the Allied News Network replacing the Times-Post.

May 14, Terence rated it liked it Recommends it for: For decades this was the only book I couldn’t finish. I can’t remember reading a book of fiction which so strongly brought to mind a person I knew, but this book is David. You convinced me to give it a try, and half way though Pump Six I’m really satisfied. Want to Read saving….

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Selected pages Title Page. That said, other reviewers have rightly said that the book is sexist, racist, and naive. I wanted to read Ernest Callenbach ‘s Ecotopia since early The people are envir I’m a die-hard lefty and I still think this is a terrible book. Stories, like history, are about human action, and the locus of all action is the individual.

Even without regard to the antiquated technology, the terms used are hopelessly dated. But I still much enjoyed reading it! I went into Ecotopia not expecting much in the way of serious character studies or deeds of derring-do.

Also, I’m sure that this book means a lot to many well meaning people. He describes what he sees, as a reporter, and with some degree of skepticism, because Ecotopia has had its borders closed and almost no contact with its neighbour.

Whether paid trolls of not their responses were self-policing trollisms on behalf of the neoliberal tyranny.