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Outside looking in T.C. Boyle

One family's adventures in LSD: the brilliantly strange new novel from the mind of 'one of the most inventive, adventurous and accomplished fiction writers in the US today' (Lionel Shriver)

Chosen as a Book of the Year 2019 by the Herald

It is Harvard in the early 1960s. Just off campus, Dr Timothy Leary plays host for his PhD students, laying on a spread of cocktails, pizza and LSD. Among the guests is Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology student, and his librarian wife Joanie. Married young, and both diligently and unglamorously toiling to support their son, they are not the sort of people one would expect to be seduced by the nascent drug culture. But their nights on LSD prove so extraordinary - so revelatory, so earth-shattering, so downright seductive - that Fitzhugh and Joanie are soon captive to the whims of the charismatic and subversive Dr Tim.

Follow Fitzhugh and Joanie on their quest for transcendence, as sultry Mexican nights at Hotel Catalina give way to a ramshackle mansion in upstate New York, where thirty devotees - students, wives and children - play out the final act of a terrible, beautiful experiment.

  • “Boyle renders the hypnotic, quasi-academic mood of the commune skilfully, capturing the participants' initial belief that this was a serious spiritual quest. This moment in the mid-Sixties before the bonkers hippy movement of the west coast took over the counter-culture from the intellectuals from the east, is fascinating … As the story of one man's descent into madness, and the folly of communal living and doing drugs for breakfast it's a thrilling read” – The Times
  • “Boyle has a talent for describing events we may never experience with an arresting matter-of-factness. There is a thrill to this, and to not knowing where he will take us next” – Chris Power, Guardian
  • “A sort of Frank Zappa of American letters … Like the Beat writers before him, Boyle documents American life in the underbelly. Boyle is incapable of writing a boring sentence ... he is a master of the short story form” – Financial Times
  • "One of our finest chroniclers … Boyle is always going outside himself, jumping into foreign skins … The best of Boyle's novels warn against the varieties of human extremism: our problems may be grave, he often says, but we make them worse by acting on our unexamined impulses and convictions” – Independent
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Specificaties

ISBN
9781526604651
Uitgever
Bloomsbury UK
Datum
21-01-2020
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
400 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback Paperback
Genre
Engelstalige literatuur

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