Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dodie Katague Blog Tour - Review of Cloyne Court + Giveaway

Cloyne Court by Dodie Katague
Published: December 8th, 2009
Publisher: Three Clover Press
328 pages (paperback)
Genre: Creative memoir
Acquired this book: From the author as part of the Premier Virtual Author Book Tours blog tour
Warning: may include spoilers

Synopsis: The Real Animal House: In 1946, the "real" all male "Animal House" was born when Cloyne Court become a student co-op. In the 50 & 60s, the "beasts" waged war with the Berkeley Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, an athletically-oriented fraternity. That feud ended when Cloyne's archenemies moved across campus. However, the real story begins when Cloyne Court went co-ed in 1972 with the arrival of sixty-two women. Katague's sexy, reveal-all creative memoir takes place in the late 70s, soon after the women moved in. All it takes is one kiss to transform animals into horny princes.

In 1977, when 18-year-old Berkeley college student, Derek moved into the student residence co-op, Cloyne Court, sight unseen, little did he know he would learn about life, love, sex, drugs, music, alcohol and co-ed showers—all on the first day.

Located one block North of the University of California, Berkeley campus, this real and notorious student-run house has provided an alternative, counter-culture, hedonistic, raucous, and unique living experience for the “Clones”, as the students call themselves, who choose to live here each year, despite the public and parents calling for a permanent shut down of this enduring and historic building.

Based on his journals and memories of his college days at this real-life “Animal House”, author, Dodie Katague weaves true events of life at Cloyne Court co-op into a zany, wild, and nostalgic story about the carefree time of every college student’s life.

Warning: Ramblings of a Daydreamer is normally focused on YA books, but Cloyne Court is definitely an adult book. Sex, language, drugs, etc means this book is not recommended for a younger audience. Please keep that in mind if you enter the giveaway.

Wow. I haven’t exactly lived a sheltered life, but it feels like it compared to what went on in this book! It’s hard to believe that people actually lived the way the inhabitants of Cloyne Court did, because it’s so far from my own personal college (or life) experience. This book is filled with shocking - but amusing - tales from a life surrounded by sex, drugs, and debauchery.

There’s not a whole lot I can say without giving away too much of the story. A few observations though…Derek is an interesting character. There’s something sort of na├»ve and innocent about him at first. When he moves into Cloyne Court, he encounters many different people and situations that he probably wouldn’t have come across otherwise. His personality makes a lot of the situations he finds himself in even more interesting (and funny) than they would otherwise be.

While living among a group of diverse people, Derek discovers that real-life experiences often can’t compare to what you learn from books. He went to college to get an education, but got an education of a different sort while living in Cloyne Court.


Dodie has been nice enough to offer a copy of the book to one lucky winner!
-This giveaway is open internationally.
-ONE person will win a copy of Cloyne Court. If you’re from Canada or the US, you will be able to choose between a physical copy of the book or an ebook. If you’re from outside CAN/US, you will receive an ebook.
-The giveaway ends November 24th. Winner will be contacted immediately, and will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. 
-The book will be sent by the author once the tour is over. I am not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.
-To enter the giveaway, leave your name and email address in the comments below, and be sure to tell me whether you’re CAN/US or international.
-You don’t have to be a follower of Ramblings of a Daydreamer for this giveaway, but I always appreciate the follows! ;-)


  1. US (Puerto Rico)
    Sarita Lopez

  2. My college days in the early 80's were a lot tamer too. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Maria Magdalena
    International => Indonesia

  4. us,


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