Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston

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Banyan Tree Books, 1975 - Fiction - 167 pages
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Ecotopia was founded when northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the Union to create a "stable-state" ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment. Now, twenty years later, the isolated, mysterious Ecotopia welcomes its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston. Like a modern Gulliver, the skeptical Weston is by turns impressed, horrified, and overwhelmed by Ecotopia's strange practices: employee ownership of farms and businesses, the twenty-hour work week, the fanatical elimination of pollution, mini-cities that defeat overcrowding, devotion to trees bordering on worship, a woman-dominated government, and bloody, ritual war games. Bombarded by innovative, unsettling ideas, set afire by a relationship with a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman, Weston's conflict of values intensifies-and leads to a startling climax.

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Theoretically interesting plot, but really dated. - Goodreads
This book is hard to read because it is poorly written. - Goodreads
... i'm not to keen on the writing style, however. - Goodreads
This was a selection for my family book club. - Goodreads
Think of Ecotopia as reference material, not a novel. - Goodreads
A bit short on plot. - Goodreads

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Another case of really good ideas, and really mediocre writing. Read full review

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I really just have no idea what kind of rating to give to a book like this, because there were a lot of cool things about it--a 1970s environmentalist's idea of what a perfect country would look like ... Read full review


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Ernest Callenbach is the author of "Bring Back the Buffalo!" (1996), "Ecotopia Emerging" (1981), and "Ecotopia" (1975). He lives in the Bay Area.

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