An alternate title for this book could be "Hippies Are Stupid". This is my second T.C. Boyle read, and while it was superior to THE INNER CIRCLE, I'm still not quite getting the appeal. The one thing I can say for him is that he puts an exhaustive amount of effort into recreating his historical fiction. The man is no slouch in that department. Where he falls short in both books, though, is in his plot. He gets bogged down in the world he has created and the storyline suffers. He mires himself and his characters in misery that goes around in circles until finally he decides the circle must end, and we as the reader are left kind of confused. Did the stupid hippies learn anything? Did anyone? I know I didn't.