In her book, We Are As Gods, the writer Kate Daloz deals with the interesting and recent history of the back to the land movement in the USA.
This back to the land movement occurred simultaneously with the hippie movement during the early seventies. Kate experienced these two movements at first hand while growing up as a child in such a sub-culture brought about by the hippie movement.
Kate’s parents referred to their neighbors, over at the Myrtle Hill commune as hippies, but denied themselves being hippies. Though there were differences, there were however also very clear similarities to be drawn between Kate’s parents lifestyle and those over the hill at the commune.
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Characteristics of the book:
- The Author, Kate Daloz, grew up right in the heart of the sub-culture and during the actual period that she is writing about. It is therefore a documented first hand experience of someone that lived the history.
- The contents of the book is very well researched. It can be referred to as a factual documented source about the movements.
- We Are As Gods explains an era of very unique history that was made in the USA. as recent as the early 1970’s
- The author is very clear on when she is stating facts and when she is giving an opinion. This makes the contents of the book very realistic, real and believable.
- The book is an accurate account of what was dreamed of, hoped for and lived by those involved in the movements.
- The writing style of the author allow you to “live” the experiences. It makes the reader feel as if you are actually present in the commune, tending the organic gardens, gathering firewood or attending to the back-to-the land cores.
- The book follows a non fiction plot about three very interesting groups and it touches on a big rural shift of people from the city to the country that could be identified and documented.
Undeniably the involvement of the USA in the Vietnam war added to the uncertainty that the young generation at the time experienced. The war definately played a role in the reasons for the hippie movement and the back to the land movement at the time.
If you are a baby boomer, it is almost a given fact that the hippie era will interest you. The book deals with a very significant back to the land movement in which a vast number of city people moved to rural areas during a specific era.
….Even the off-spring of the baby boomers will find this book very interesting.
We Are As Gods, is my number one recommend book on these topics.
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