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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want erbest Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview callenbach Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: Skeptical yet curious about this green new world, Weston is determined to report his findings objectively.

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. Paperbackpages.

BOOK REVIEW | Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

Published March 1st by Bantam first published William WestonVera Allwen. United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To erbest other readers questions about Ecotopiaplease sign up. Would you recommend this book to our modern life readers? What kinds of comments and curiosity would you recommend about this book?

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See 1 question about Ecotopia…. Lists with This Book. Jan 25, Kelly H. Maybedog rated it did not like it Shelves: I’m a die-hard lefty and I still think this is a terrible book.

It’s poorly written, biased, and short-sighted propaganda. I read as much of it as I could before I just had to throw it down in disgust, and this was at a time when I was young enough believe I had to finish every book that I read. For decades this was the only book I couldn’t finish. It’s really not even worth my time to review thoroughly so I’ll give you just one example of how stupid and ill-conceived it is: The people are envir I’m a die-hard lefty and I still think this is a terrible book.

The people are environmentalists and yet they refuse to paint or upkeep their houses because it’s natural to just let the wood fall back to its natural state. Since when is it environmental to waste wood by letting it rot away? Oh yes, let’s cut down even more trees than we already are. I also was upset with the weird violent arena thing they had going on. I didnt get far enough to find out what that was about but it disturbed me. About a decade ago I told a friend who loved it how much I hated the book.

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: Don’t waste your time, read something about real change and real activism. View all 20 comments.

Nov 27, Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published originally in the seventies, as a series of articles and diary notes from a journalist travelling the titular country of Ecotopia, Ernest Callenbach has managed to capture a movement and a feeling years ahead of his time.


My overwhelming impression of this book is one of optimism and hope; belief in the better nature of h ECO- from the Greek oikos household or home TOPIA- from the Greek topos place Ecotopia is one of the books that I’m happy to say is going to be in my brain forever. My overwhelming impression of this book is one of optimism and hope; belief in the better nature of humankind, even if we need things reduced to the personal scale to achieve it. I could quote the whole thing – my list of highlights is both impressive and daunting – but I really feel I’m better serving other potential readers by simply urging them to read it and discover those moments of brilliance for themselves.

Yes, there are some naive or old-fashioned sections, but the majority of this book would be considered too progressive for some even today. Native Americans are given short shrift; they clearly exist but are not mentioned as a part of the world of the novel.

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. But again – it was the seventies, and that’s one of the few areas that shows its age so badly. And what Ernest Callenbach does well, he does really well. Gender equality, government-subsidised minimum standards of living, the movement towards a reduction in standard working hours, many different ecological movements – they’re all mentioned here, as well as so many more progressive and equalitarian ideals.

Maybe it only works because it’s fictionalised, but I’d like to think we’re at least moving in that direction, as a whole, slow though our progress might be. This book gives me hope that there are more people out there who would like to see the same. View all 5 comments. Nov 25, Lena rated it it was amazing Recommended to Lena by: Because I could have been living in Ecotopia instead of reading it. Sexual equality, sustainability, 3D printing, FaceTime, community, guilt avoidance warfare, recycling, solar power, environmental harmony, social justice, and my personal favorite – the revision of the Protestant work ethic.

All the important issues being discussed today were addressed here in the 70s. Ernest Callenbach wrote a blue print to a better world. Everyone needs to pick up a copy.

View all 6 comments. Mar 09, Richard rated it really liked it. This is one of the most important callenbzch ever written — no joke. Callenbach, writing in the early-mid s, imagines that Washington, Oregon, and Northern California have seceded from the Union to form Ecotopia, a new nation based on “stable-state” today, we call it “sustainable” practices in manufacturing, agriculture, construction, transportation — the whole gamut.

Some of Callenbach’s ideas are dated, and feel like they should have been — and were — left behind in the 70s. This is a nov This is one of the most important books ever written — no callebbach. This is a novel, but its structure is a gimmick, really. The protagonist is Will Weston, a reporter for the New York Times-Post who is the first American to travel to Ecotopia, nineteen years after secession. Half the chapters are his formal reports for the newspaper, the other half — in italics — are his personal journals.

The formal reports lay out how the society runs — this is the more important stuff in the novel. The journals cover Weston’s inner conflict — he is very skeptical of the whole thing, but the lumberjack girl with the “animal” sexuality, well, she breaks that down a bit. These chapters sometimes devolve into eernest hippie sex fantasy.

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This isn’t just an ecological utopia, but the Full Berkeley — free love, ganjaburning on the high-speed mag-lev train from Tahoe to SF suck it, Bobby Jindal! Much of what’s here we take for granted today, at least in San Francisco — sorted recycling bins checkbiodegradable plastics checkround-the-bay electric rail link checkfemale political leadership Boxer — check! What’s so incredible is that I last taught this book maybe in — and much, much more of reality has aligned with Callenbach’s vision since.

Ecotopia is, for environmentalists, what Star Trek has been to physicists and astronomers and astronauts since just a few years earlier — the map that points the way to the next frontier. Read it, and read Obama’s recent joint address to Congress. Start at “it begins with energy” on page 3 of the NYT transcript, linked below: Apr 17, ryan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The philosophies are wildly ecentric, and idealistic, but often very inspiring and uplifting.

Jan 04, Fil rated it did not like it Shelves: Demeaning to men and women alike, very dated with racist and sexist overtones, seemed written by a pre-pubescent idiot with zero understanding of basic human emotions and ecotipia — with very little political and economic acumen to boot.

This fool equates superficial sex to deep feelings, likens it to true love and thinks a strong, powerful woman would ‘tolerate’ being raped and is glib about callenbacudisgusting!

Almost everything here is a stereotype of some kind 70s st Terrible, just terrible.

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

Almost everything here is a stereotype of some kind 70s stylecoated with a thin gloss of what passes as innovative and progressive thought. View all 4 comments. May 14, Terence rated it liked it Recommends it for: I went into Ecotopia not expecting much in the way of serious character studies or callenbqch of derring-do.

I was pleasantly surprised, however, at how well the novel read. Strictly speaking, Ecotopia is neither a utopia nor a dystopia. And there are some aspects that may be problematic to the reader: I will admit that the author is preaching to the choir in my case – given the choice, I would happily emigrate.

Dec 02, Mike the Paladin rated it did not like it Shelves: It would be very easy to make fun of this book, but I ernestt do my best to refrain from that. It would be like the proverbial shooting of fish in a barrel. Also, I’m sure that this book means a lot to many well meaning people. I suppose the book for me might be summed up in 3 words, “oh come on. This s read is a hippie Utopian vision. I’m sorry, but it’s so full of nonsense well meaning and ideological nonsense, but nonsense nonetheless as to be unintentionally humorous at times.

The writer’s use of language speaks to the era the common use of the great “F” word to be daring for example.