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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This book contains some interesting ideas, but the writing is subpar and the story tends to drag. More a jumble of philosophical ideas held together by a very thin, frayed thread of a story than an actual novel.

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Totally crazy. -If people really started to live like this ,human culture and the ecosystem if depends on could continue indefinately .No Armeggadon, no great drama or global conflicts and extinctions ,-it would negate most of the driving motives of western man!

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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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