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Budding Prospects: A Pastoral (Contemporary American Fiction) Paperback – May 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary American Fiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (May 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140299963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140299960
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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.

Customer Reviews

The main characters, however, were fun.
ANDREW BIGGS
Laughing all through the read makes it take longer to get through the book, but once through you'll probably keep shaking your head like I did.
Lynn Barry
Boyle writes with great creative energy and has his own unique style.
Dave Salle

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven B. on March 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Budding Prospects" is T. Coraghessan Boyle's first novel, published in 1984. It tells the story of Felix, a 31-year-old directionless self-proclaimed quitter who joins up with a handful of ne'er-do-wells to grow marajuana in a "Little Appalachia" in California's Mendicino County. The get-rich-quick scheme soon goes awry. Felix finds himself at odds with a sadistic rural sherrif. The man who bankrolled the operation, a shady smooth-talking Marin County huckster, is not the man Felix thought he was. His hillbilly neighbors all seem to know what he's really up to on the isolated farm. Felix and his farmhand friends live in a permanent state of paranoia and fear.

I came to this book after reading Boyle's "Drop City," a comic masterpiece. I wanted to read more Boyle so I took up "Budding Prospects." I greatly enjoyed it. I was surprised to discover that "Prospects," although it is Boyle's first novel, mines the same themes as his later novels: the vast indifference and occasional ruthlessness of nature, the pleasures and occasional terror of altered states of consciousness, the insolence of office and the proud man's contumely. In common with his other novels, there is a strong beautiful woman in this one -- Petra, who comes to the rescue of the hapless Felix.

I lived in Northern California and the Bay Area for many years, and I can attest to how spot-on the characters and landscape descriptions are. The dingy cafe in Willits where some of the action takes place is sickeningly realistic. I hope that Boyle will revisit Vogelsang in another novel or a short story.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Slava Shayman on June 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Neither a waste of money nor time, Boyle's "Budding Prospects" is entertaining, funny from cover to cover and to a certain extent touching. At the core of the novel one finds a story of three bums growing marijuana in Northern California for $ a 500,000 profit. The problems and obstacles which the trio faces during their nine-month stay in Willits, CA are hillarious and realistic. Boyle's creativity and feel for the simple man's thoughts are to be praised.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ari L. Vainio on August 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
From the first sentence I was hooked. It was the first time in a long long time that I almost pissed myself laughing simply by reading a book. As soon as I finished, I went to the bookstore to buy up all his other books, and man, I was not disappointed. In my opinion, TC Boyle is the finest living writer, and one of the best ever. Most of the reviews I've read on his work focuses on the story and the characters, the loony, the obcessed, the psychotic - but they're missing the point. The writing is simply the finest construction of genius that you'll ever have the good fortune to witness. How does he do it? I don't know and frankly I don't care. I'm just happy to absorb.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janice M. Hansen on September 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Coming from Northern California (albeit 20 years ago), I am very familiar with Willits and home grown Humboldt Gold. I met those that attempted to cash in on the lushest crop of all and how they went about it. So, it was with amusement that I picked up this book and re-visited old territories and memories. (what I can remember, short term as they can be, and all.)
This was an entertaining, quick trip back to then, although I never was brave enough to attempt to garden this cash crop of pot. But, the characters in this book do, and for a while you think they might just pull it off, But then....... I"m not going to tell you.
Read the book. It was fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
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A wonderful, quick read. T.C. Boyle's style reflects that of the whimsical, descriptive and casual ways of Hunter S. Thompson, yet with a unique flavor of its own. The characters are very well-developed; written as an imperfect, yet sympathetic (and, no matter how much one may want to deny it, EMpathetic) bunch. The story is extremely engaging, the action consistant, the humor non-stop. It is, perhaps, the best contemporary fiction I have read in ages. I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone looking for a little pick-me-up at the end of a stressful day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Barry on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Tired of reading Nora Roberts and Nicolas Sparks; sappy plots and attractive people interacting and never smelling bad or acting inappropriately? Buy BUDDING PROSPECTS by TC Boyle; read about rats dead in traps at your feet and burnt bandaged arms raised for an unexpected showering interlude with a pottery person.

Laughing all through the read makes it take longer to get through the book, but once through you'll probably keep shaking your head like I did. Each paragraph is a well thought out original offering to readers who are looking for something besides cliches and sameness( boring boring).

Felix and Petra, a love story? A farming saga for the dysfunctionals? Gosh, the reading is good and the earthy, quirkiness... brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1998
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The thing that keeps me coming back for more titles by Boyle is how his stories so accurately capture the weaknesses and foibles of the human spirit. He's so dead on with his descriptions, and that's what makes it all so funny for me. The chapter-opening paragraph on dirt is a masterpiece.
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