Ecotopia (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 16, 2009 - Fiction - 192 pages
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A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an ecologically sound future society. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as the “newest name after Wells, Verne, Huxley, and Orwell,” Callenbach offers a visionary blueprint for the survival of our planet . . . and our future.

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, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston.

Skeptical yet curious about this green new world, Weston is determined to report his findings objectively. But from the start, he’s alternately impressed and unsettled by the laws governing Ecotopia’s earth-friendly agenda: energy-efficient “mini-cities” to eliminate urban sprawl, zero-tolerance pollution control, tree worship, ritual war games, and a woman-dominated government that has instituted such peaceful revolutions as the twenty-hour workweek and employee ownership of farms and businesses. 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.

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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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User Review  - Jesse - Goodreads

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

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User Review  - Divya Rao - Goodreads

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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About the author (2009)

Ernest Callenbach is also the author of Ecotopia Emerging, The Ecotopian Encyclopedia, and Publisher’s Lunch. He is the co-author of The Art of Friendship and Humphrey the Wayward Whale (with Christine Leefeldt) and of A Citizen Legislature (with Michael Phillips). 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.

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