A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an ecologically. In the afterword to the 30th-anniversary edition of his novel, Ernest Callenbach writes, “Looking back, it seems clear that Ecotopia was the. Ecotopia,” the ’70s cult novel, has seeped into the American PRESCIENT In Ernest Callenbach’s ’70s book, residents of Ecotopia recycle and.

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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: About a decade ago I told a friend who loved it how much I hated the book.

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

Stemming in method from “Erewhon” by Samuel Butler, the book, describing a 70’s version of an ecologically sound future, moves right along and is competently written.

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.

The characterization in particular is not very well done. Dec 13, Allison Green rated it did not like it Shelves: It’s antiquated and may even have offending inscriptions, but it’s important to remember.

Unfortunately, aside from the political agenda with the subtlety of assault and battery, the story such as it is isn’t that interesting or told all that well. In the end, I can only say that author was correct in his afterword, that although Ecotopia is remarkable as a first vision of such a green society, it is no longer a convincing or viable vision and is important mostly for being the first of its kind rather than the most persuasive, likely, or accurate.


Specifically, the free-love aspects. Creating even a pale version of Ecotopia in our real world of separation is my personal dream; it is a difficult work but not to take this path is a certain ride on a downward spiral into a destroyed ecosystem filled with bitterly embattled survivors trying to secure what’s left for themselves alone. This is the old archetype of The Stranger exploring and explaining The New World, struggling for objectivity while not really having any at first.

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. 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.

Ecotopia itself has most of the things you would expect to find in a hippy utopia; fairly comprehensive social services, emotional expressiveness, a veneration of creativity and nature, and the widespread decentralization of authority.

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But maybe I got it wrong. And about efficient agriculture, factories, and even government. This page was last edited on 7 Mayat Even highly technical debates are televised, addressing the needs and desires of Ecotopian viewers.

And about clean energy. At the time Ecotopia was written, such ideas were mainly ernfst with radicals in the Black Power and other ethnic movements. Weston’s reports were read by veteran news reporter Edwin Newman. The strangest thing about the book is that I can see the echoes of its language and philosophy in certain people I know in my personal life.

They often live in extended families, and tend to live by choice in ethnically separated localities. The fact that many elements callenbacu ‘Ecotopia’ not only appear strange to the protagonist but also to the 21st century reader behavior, work ethics, etc.

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Perhaps we calleenbach always bound to dream of fictional worlds as an antidote to our own. What he sees is a eco-friendly nation, that was able to change habits, and create a new society.

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Unfortunately I don’t recommend the book, as a book, but would suggest reading the first half of it for some thought-provoking suggestions on an environmentally friendly way of life.

It is like Callenbach paved the way for our current silly belief in green capitalism. Despite Weston’s initial reservations, throughout the novel Ecotopian citizens are characterized as clever, technologically resourceful, emotionally expressive, and even occasionally violent — but also socially responsible, erneest. I liked this book very much. By the end of ecotkpia book I no longer felt as if this was a great look at how we could possibly live in an environmentally friendly way, but rather a 60’s manifesto disguised as a sci-fi book.

For a very different, though hardly as positive viewpoint about future direction, check out Derrick Jensen. Books by Ernest Callenbach Fictional future countries Fictional North American countries Environmental fiction books Utopian novels Separatism in the United States American novels science fiction novels in the environment. And Idiot hordes procreate faster then the former.

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