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Wild Child: And Other Stories Paperback – Bargain Price, February 22, 2011
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The longest "short" story by far is "WILD CHILD" which is sixty-five pages long and is based on the true facts of "THE WILD BOY OF AVEYRON"... a young child who was abandoned in the wild with his throat slit and became an animal to survive.Read more ›
Similarly, the title story of Boyle's newest story collection, WILD CHILD, is probably the strongest of these pieces. It relates the story of the "Wild Boy of Aveyron," the feral child discovered in the French woods and slowly "civilized" over a number of years. I confess that I knew the tale mostly because of a couple of excellent children's book accounts published several years ago. However, Boyle's story of Victor is simultaneously more graphic and more tender as readers are left to reflect on what is gained --- and lost --- through Victor's "taming." Similarly, in "Sin Dolor," a doctor becomes obsessed with a young patient who apparently has no sensitivity to pain --- but becomes horrified when the boy's own father exploits his child's freakishness to turn a buck.
As in his previous collection, TOOTH AND CLAW, WILD CHILD often focuses --- as in the title story --- on the places where the so-called natural world intersects with the human one. In the disturbing "Thirteen Hundred Rats," a grieving man distorts the advice of well-meaning acquaintances who advise him to get a pet. He buys a snake, but finds that he has a more visceral connection to the rats he purchases to feed his python.Read more ›
Having said that, I'll still recommend the book because some of the stories are outstanding. It's something like a CD with fourteen tracks (fourteen stories here), and you only really like four of them, but the others are okay.
"Balto" is about lying under oath. In this case it's a twelve-year-old girl who is pressured to lie to help get her father out of trouble. I wondered how the child would handle it right to the end. "Question 62" is about animal rights and wrongs and a tiger that chooses a strange place to nap. "Ash Monday" is a clever tale about revenge and how it comes in many forms.
Easily the best story is "Wild Child." It's about a boy, eight or nine, who is discovered in 1797 France. It seems he had been abandoned several years before and had managed to survive like a wild beast in the forest. He lived on things like frogs, snails, berries, and raw potatoes that he dug out by hand from farmers' fields before he slipped back into the woods. Eventually he ends up in the hands of people who see him as possible evidence in modern man's debate about innate human qualities: in a "state of nature" is man basically good? Are humans born with certain inclinations, or is that "slate" really clean? Incredibly, the story was based on the actual discovery of such a child and the events that ensued.
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*I had to read this for a class*
+There are couple good stories in here.
-There are a couple boring storie in here
+/- There are a few OK stories in here
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I love short stories and I love T.C. Boyle. This is a selection of short stories I'd recommend over any other.Published 14 months ago by Vegigirl
I found this book a very Interesting and engrossing read . Inciteful and colorful writing style for this contemporary writer. .Published 24 months ago by Sandi
The title story is a re-telling of the true story of Victor of Aveyron, a French boy found in the late 1700's who had lived most of his live as a feral child. Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by James W. Fonseca
My sole disappointment with the WILD CHILD collection of T.C. Boyle rests with my longtime subscription to The New Yorker magazine. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by S. A. Cartwright
In my opinion, T. Coraghessan Boyle is a genius who will remain popular and well-known for many decades to come. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by C. Macauley
The stories in WILD CHILD confirmed my suspicion that T.C. Boyle is the most interesting fiction writer working in the U.S. today. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Charlotte Allen
This is a short review to encourage readers who love short stories to be sure to add this one to your collection. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by Miss Barbara
In general I am not a fan of short stories and this book did not change that opinion. Still, I stuck with it and found the name-sake story, Wild Child, to be my favorite. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Sherril S-K