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Outside Looking In - A Novel

Outside Looking In - A Novel

von: T.C. Boyle

HarperCollins, 2019

ISBN: 9780062883001 , 400 Seiten

Format: ePUB

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Outside Looking In - A Novel


 

A provocative new novel from bestselling author T.C. Boyle exploring the first scientific and recreational forays into LSD and its mind-altering possibilities In this stirring and insightful novel, T.C. Boyle takes us back to the 1960s and to the early days of a drug whose effects have reverberated widely throughout our culture: LSD. In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard are gradually drawn into the inner circle of renowned psychologist and psychedelic drug enthusiast Timothy Leary. Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology Ph.D. student and his wife, Joanie, become entranced by the drugs possibilities such that their research becomes less a matter of clinical trials and academic papers and instead turns into a free-wheeling exploration of mind expansion, group dynamics, and communal living. With his trademark humor and pathos, Boyle moves us through the Loneys initiation at one of Learys parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devoteesstudents, wives, and childrenliving together in a sixty-four room mansion and devoting themselves to all kinds of experimentation and questioning.Is LSD a belief system? Does it allow you to see God? Can the Loneys marriageor any marriage, for that mattersurvive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs? Wry, witty, and wise, Outside Looking In is an ideal subject for this American master, and highlights Boyles acrobatic prose, detailed plots, and big ideas. Its an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness, as well as our seemingly infinite capacities for creativity, re-invention, and self-discovery.