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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User Review  - xuebi - LibraryThing

An intriguing epistolary novel, the combination of official articles and private diary entries give the reader the dual perspectives of the narrator's experience in the environmentally-friendly state ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

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. I'm not sure that society will eventually resemble Callenbach's ideas, but it has been a very influential book. Read full review

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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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