This page guide for “Ecotopia” by Ernest Callenbach includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, as well as several more in-depth sections of. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Few philosophies have a greater mutual suspicion and natural antipathy to each other than libertarianism and. A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an.

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Specifically, the free-love aspects. Aug 10, Citra rated callenbaach it was amazing Shelves: Creative Commons Attribution 3. This approach just as much as unrestrained strip mining and clear cutting lacks balance and in the ectoopia is believe it or not a failing set of ideas.

For decades this was the only book I couldn’t finish. Cal, Oregon and Washington secede from ‘Merica and are isolated for decades and a NY journalist visits for the first time since secession.

It’s antiquated and may even have offending inscriptions, but it’s important to remember. All Callenbach’s great notions are but a bridge made of popsicle sticks over a deep chasm.

Parents should be proud of their offspring. The story as told by a reporter from the remaining United States visiting Ecotopia — the seceded northwest bio-region of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington — after 20 years of isolationism. The stranger is usually converted to the utopian life.

Callenbach has done a marvelous thing. See and discover other items: Use dmy dates from July Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November Ecotopia is very much a novel of its time.


Cover of the first edition. The journals cover Weston’s inner conflict — he is very skeptical of the whole thing, but the lumberjack girl with the “animal” sexuality, well, ernwst breaks that down a bit.

Good points I recall: Everyone is an artist of some kind and everyone sings and dances. I’m a die-hard lefty and I still think this is a terrible book.

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How could there be? That said, other reviewers have rightly said that the book is sexist, racist, and naive.

An outsider visits Ecotopia for the first time since it was created. The reviews were imaginationless, blindered by “pragmatics” as determined by the corporate PR that has filtered through our textbooks, media and social engineering for the last 40 years.

The philosophies are wildly ecentric, and idealistic, but often very inspiring and uplifting. It is no lon I liked this book very much.

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. Leave this field empty. HayekEcotopia is the most plausible utopia I have encountered, because it does not seek the perfection of humans or of nature. This book gives me hope that there are more people out there who would like to see the same.


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. One of the founders was David Malpass. Ecotopia is ostensibly about a secessionist Northwest — northern California, Oregon, and Washington — founded on ecological principles. William WestonVera Allwen. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The story is quite coarse. They ensure equality for women.

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My overwhelming impression of this book is one of optimism and hope; belief in ecotoipa better nature of humankind, even if we need things reduced to the personal scale to achieve it. I can see the complications this would have brought to what is otherwise a comprehensive look at an alternative society, but I can’t argue in favour of just ignoring an entire people simply because they’re hard to include.

The scene, as Callenbach paints it, is unbridled neo-primitivism, complete with all the props: Callenbach takes pains, in fact, to show us that the good people of Ecotopia are unrestrained in their emotions.