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 PRESCIENT In Ernest Callenbach’s ’70s book, residents of Ecotopia recycle and. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Few philosophies have a greater mutual suspicion and natural antipathy to each other than libertarianism and.

Author: Kigalkree Shacage
Country: Martinique
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Technology
Published (Last): 24 October 2005
Pages: 408
PDF File Size: 1.48 Mb
ePub File Size: 19.56 Mb
ISBN: 949-6-48698-747-1
Downloads: 70703
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Dira

Ernet is a new country, its territory consists of Northen California, Oregon and Washing This is a jewel. Dec 13, Allison Green rated it did not like it Shelves: I was pleasantly surprised, however, at how well the novel read.

Ernest Callenbach wrote a blue print to a better world. A must read for minds open to callenbaach for and having a sustainable, enjoyable life based upon sharing and enjoying Earth.

Bad points I recall: One detail I do remember is that San Francisco’s Market Street was torn up and the supposedly ancient stream that used to lie along that path was brought back to life. Despite Weston’s initial reservations, throughout the novel Ecotopian citizens are characterized as clever, technologically resourceful, emotionally callfnbach, and even occasionally violent — but also socially responsible, patriotic. The Declaration of Independence, by and large, was; the Confederate States of America, despite much of its rhetoric, was not.

This is a nov This is one of the most important books ever written — no joke.

Ecotopia has tolerated the voluntary separatism of many people of African descent who have, in fact, chosen to live in a mini-nation in the San Francisco East Bay-area.

The Ecotopian worldview is of such a cultish consistency, after all, that politics are superfluous.

From the Trade Paperback edition. Will, who is an honest, generally likable journalist, manages to learn very quickly the ins and outs of the Ecotopian society, to which he becomes smitted over the first week-end. Heroin and other hard drugs are legal, but unfortunately only as a government monopoly. Years later he came up to me and told me that he had re-read it as a “full” adult and he now agreed with me: Jan 25, Kelly H. All the important issues being discussed today were addressed here in the 70s.


Native Americans are at once prominent and scarce in Ecotopia; that is, they exist only as part of the idealized, pre-Columbian past, as noble savages. I’m not sure that society will eventually resemble Callenbach’s ideas, but it has been a very influential book. About a decade ago I told a friend who loved it how much I hated the book. The book alternates between the narrator’s p The Pacific Northwest secedes and forms a new country, Ecotopia, based on a sustainable steady-state model rather than the perpetual-growth model that is capitalism.

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

Now about the actual book. Even in areas in which we would expect an onerous legal burden, Ecotopia offers a surprising amount of freedom. If you are looking for excellent and artistic word smithing in a work of fiction, stop looking here: Televised mass-spectacle sports are displaced due to a preference for local arts, participatory sports, and general fitness. Common terms and phrases actually Allwen Alviso American areas asked bath began Bert Brazil buildings clothes core stores couple course Cove despite ecological economic electric enterprises Ernest Callenbach extruded houses fact factory Farley Mowat feel felt forest camp Francine friends gamelan groups hand happened hard hospitals huge idea Independence June June 15 kind laughed Linda live look marijuana Marissa minibus minicities natural never night perhaps person picturephone plants plastics policies political pollution population production Punta Gorda realized recycled replied ritual war games rock music San Francisco secession seems sewage sexual smile somehow sometimes Soul City stable-state story strange street surprise talk tell terribly There’s things thought tion told took train trees turned U.

BOOK REVIEW | Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

Because I could have been living in Ecotopia instead of reading it. The writing is not that great but the story and the vision of a sustainable high quality communal egalitarian life is brilliant. Thorough-going education reform is described, along with a highly localized system of universal medical care. They promote food production in their cities. To implement the premise, Callenbach sets William Weston the journalist with Wild West-sound-alike, sic!


Were it otherwise, there would be no sense in reissuing the book — nor, indeed, in reviewing it — except perhaps as a cultural artifact. Cover of the first edition. Another interesting detail in the story is ” print on demand ” POD publishing. As well, they treasure personal quality-of-life values, such as health and friendliness, and both meaningful discussion and play.

In this way, we get his callenbacy private dialogue about what he experiences as well as his external public reports. This, along with the novel’s hopeless view on the future of race relations, give the reader some sense of hope that maybe our present is better than Callenbach’s imagined future, at least in some small ways. The urban-ecology movement, concerned with a new approach to urban planning. Callenbacg novels can survive that kind of thing; yet, somehow, Ecotopia has thrived, having now sold nearly a million copies in nine languages.

Ecotopia – Wikipedia

His old beliefs challenged, his cynicism replaced by hope, Weston meets a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman and undertakes a relationship whose intensity will lead him to a critical choice between two worlds.

Or better yet, for a ecologically-aware, anarchist-friendly, and compassionate future vision against all the odds of militaristic, industrial society, read The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk. The importance of this book is not so much to be found in its literary style as in the lively imagination of an alternative and ecologically sound lifestyle on a greater scale, presented more or less realistically.

This is likely true for many successful novels though. A good friend offered me a worn out paperback, that was probably read by many people.

Author: admin