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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View all 5 comments. 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.

View all 4 comments. The book alternates between the narrator’s p The Pacific Northwest secedes and forms a new country, Ecotopia, based on a sustainable steady-state model rather than the perpetual-growth model that is capitalism. See 1 question about Ecotopia…. The soft-energy movement, championed by Amory Lovins and others. The new “country” actually builds walls and borders to keep others out, but since they are on the West Coast, they continue to have trade relations with the far east.

Some aspects of the Ecotopian lifestyle seemed to be hold-overs from the ‘s lifestyle. One of the things I like about Callenbachs proposed world is how it doesn’t fit neatly into any currently existing political or cultural viewpoint. HayekEcotopia is the most plausible utopia I have encountered, because it does not seek the perfection of humans or of nature.

It all sounds good to me and most, but the second it comes down to true sacrifice, people jump ship as though it’s on fire. Bantam; Reissue edition March 1, Language: They turned to politics because it was finally the only route to self-preservation. For a very different, though hardly as positive viewpoint about future direction, check out Derrick Jensen.

Stories, like history, are about human action, and the locus of all action is the individual. Few novels can survive that kind of thing; yet, somehow, Ecotopia has thrived, having now sold nearly a million copies in nine languages.


BOOK REVIEW | Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

They create a completely eco friendly society where everything is used, reused, recycled, or re-purposed. I always enjoy when books about alternate futures focus on the way people live instead of a dramaticized plot.

His benevolent captors spirit him away to a hot springs in the foothills. Like a modern Gulliver, the skeptical Weston is by turns impressed, horrified, and overwhelmed by Ecotopia’s strange caolenbach Almost everything here is a stereotype of some kind 70s st Terrible, just terrible. Try to read on and ignore the flaws because the landscape of a possible World of Reunion that he lays out ecotkpia magnificent in many ways.

I say the novel is ostensibly about the Northwest because, in fact, all the action takes place in California, and most of it in the Bay Area. Because I could have been living in Ecotopia instead of reading it. In the 21st century, POD services that print, bind and ship books for customers ernst order on-line, have become commonplace.

We have to fire our jets against gravity. The writing is not that great but the story and the vision of a sustainable high quality communal egalitarian life is brilliant.

calllenbach It becomes obvious, early on, that the plot is so thin that the only thing going for it is it’s cleverness and uniqueness, but this becomes too flimsy to enjoy. The company making it then ordinarily has to stop production, or finds it possible to sell only in specialized stores. One detail I do remember is that San Francisco’s Market Street was torn up and the supposedly ancient stream that used to lie along that path was brought back to life.

Thorough-going education reform is described, along with a highly localized system of universal medical care. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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

Everyone is an artist of some kind and everyone sings and dances. An intriguing epistolary novel, the combination of official articles and private diary entries give ecotoppia reader the dual perspectives of the narrator’s experience in the environmentally-friendly state This has been used as far back as Thomas Moores Utopia and in one of my favorite utopian novels, Island by Aldous Huxley.


Overall, it presented some interesting ideas and concepts, but I would say that Ernest Callenbach took an easy, whitewashed way out when it came to presenting how racial harmony coexists in Ecotopian society. In the intervening years while on a congested and chaotic Market Street, I’ve often tried to imagine a stream and a garden path there instead. Public drunkenness is no longer a crime, though violent offenses are punished more harshly than in the United States. Don Milligan in the British magazine Peace News gave Ecotopia a negative review, stating ” Ecotopia is a shoddy amalgam of Swedish social democracy, Swiss neutrality, and Yugoslav workers’ co-ops cobbled together with the authoritarianism of A Blueprint for Survival Unfortunately, aside from the political agenda with the subtlety of assault and battery, ernfst story such as it is isn’t that interesting or told all that well.

I might be mis-remembering. At the time Ecotopia was written, such ideas were mainly associated with radicals in the Black Power and other ethnic movements. 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 ecogopia to secure what’s left for themselves alone.

It is unfortunate to say that the book has not aged well.

In this independent land, cars are abolished, everybody recycles, and sewage is turned to fertilizer. All the important issues being discussed today were addressed here in the 70s.