Magazine article New Internationalist

[Ripe Tomatoes]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Ripe Tomatoes]

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(Soft Skull Press, ISBN 1-887-128-39-5)

'Free Love, Radical Politics and a Sexy Red Tomato!' yells the blurb on this odd and quirky little novella from Nora Ruth Roberts. From what I can make out of the plot, which is deliberately and vexatiously opaque, the book is set on a utopian tomato-growing commune, an indeterminate number of revolutions in the future. Driven by its domineering leader, Du Wop, the commune teams up with the Canning Factory Workers Collective to produce and bottle the perfect, luscious tomato sauce with just the right amount of basil for flavouring.

With the small matter of voting over the decisions that affect them - such as 'the perennial vegetarian question' - taken out of their hands by the authoritarian Collective Central Committee, the members of the commune are free to tend their plants and indulge in their passions. …

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