Outside Looking in

Outside Looking in

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard is 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 drug's 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 Leary's parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys' eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devotees - students, wives, and children - living 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' marriage - or any marriage, for that matter - survive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs?"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062882981
Branch Call Number: FIC BOYLE T

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esheehy
Jun 14, 2019

I devoured this book. Last line is an instant classic!

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rexhazell
May 05, 2019

Great book!
T.C. Boyle does here what he does best: creates a believable recreation of a point in time, and fleshes it out with interesting characterizations and situations. Highly recommended! I was sorry when it ended - a very addictive read, finished in 2 days.

Tigard_SeanG Apr 24, 2019

The prolific and irreverent Boyle has been writing compelling literary historical fiction since his 1982 debut novel "Water Music," where he portrayed Scottish explorer Mungo Park. Having already tackled other large personalities like health activist John Harvey Kellogg and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Boyle now turns his attention to the infamous Dr. Timothy Leary and his psychedelic experiments at Harvard University and elsewhere. In "Outside Looking In," Boyle has turned the staid “academic-life” novel on its head as Leary and his followers try to create a brave new world.

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go214
Apr 21, 2019

this is the one about lsd

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