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'Another example of the current awesome strength of the American novel ... if Boyle was from this side of the pond, this is the book they'd all have to beat for the Booker Prize' Sunday Tribune 'A comedy with teeth from one of America's most consistently inventive novelists' The Times

About the Author

T.C. Boyle is the bestselling author of seven novels: WATER MUSIC, BUDDING PROSPECTS, EAST IS EAST, WORLD'S END for which he won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE, THE TORTILLA CURTAIN and RIVEN ROCK. He is also the author of four collections of short stories, and his fiction appears regularly in THE NEW YORKER, GQ, PLAYBOY and ESQUIRE. He lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (October 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747553467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747553465
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T. C. Boyle is the author of eleven novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/FaulknerAward), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and The Inner Circle. His most recent story collections are Tooth and Claw and The Human Fly and Other Stories.

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"Lost" after the Goldfinch at the beginning of the year, I read a few other books (including Fowler's "We are all completely besides ourselves") and was okay but found myself hungry for another Real Decent Original Intelligent Relaxing Read. And found it in Boyle's Friend of the Earth. Written a few years ago, I enjoyed the benefit of discovering a hidden gem. And guess what: this one is even smarter!!! Way more so! Has grit and humour too. Of course, if you have no affinity whatsoever with the concerns of our planet, then this is probably not what you are looking for. Though maybe you should. It takes a moment to get into it -it is different after all- but once you do and notice how clever and eloquent, serious and fun this book is, there is no more stopping. And yes, one does relate to weirdo Ty even though I am not an environmental activist but a loving parent and a lover of the great outdoors like Ty. Admittedly, I haven't quite finished reading it as yet (one does have to go to work in between, unfortunately) but I am confident it will be good until the end. I'm hopeful that at least, this book, unlike the Goldfinch, is not going to be overly long drawn out (which did spoil that initial great Goldfinch read for me). Boyle is too smart to let it boil over. If so, I'll be back to make amends ;-)
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