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T.C. Boyle Stories Paperback – November 1, 1999
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These stories find Boyle partying like it's 1999. He zeroes in on our age's most uncomfortable obsessions, its late-capitalist fetishes and millenarian fears: nervous Los Angelenos suckered into buying a Montana survivalist's retreat ("On for the Long Haul"); a hygienically obsessed girlfriend who insists on wearing a full-body condom ("Modern Love"); a rich, guilty couple suffocating under the weight of a lifetime's possessions ("Filthy with Things"). Elsewhere, he updates Gogol for late Soviet times ("The Overcoat II"), retells the death of blues god Robert Johnson ("Hellhound on My Trail"), even goes clubbing with that hot '90s property, the author of Mansfield Park ("I Dated Jane Austen"). Boyle's comic range is unparalleled, his timing razor-sharp as he skewers everyone from burglar alarm salesmen to the Beats. Like all tricksters, the author uses our own vanity and hypocrisy against us--but with barbs as witty as those found in T.C. Boyle Stories, not even his victims will mind. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Boyle has a wonderful command of language and readers will be amazed by how he can created a total picture with minimal words. For example, in a story I read recently, he wrote "the house... seemed almost to sink under the weight of its mortgage." Boyle consistently creates this kind of amazing imagery throughout these stories. From full-body condoms to a struggling game safari in the California desert to a women who keeps squirrels as pets - it is almost guaranteed that you have never read anything as original or inventive as these Boyle stories. Do yourself a favor and pick up "T.C. Boyle Stories" -- and take your time and savor (I usually read a handful of stories between novels)!
The book is divided into three parts: Love, Death, and Everything In-Between. I have to say that overall, I liked the stories in the last part best. The stories in Love were often more about betrayal (and lots of physical stuff); in the stories in Death, it often seemed that Boyle would create characters just to torture them.
But even with all that meanness, I found most of the stories enjoyable on some level. Boyle is a brilliant writer, turning a phrase just so and showing that he's researched every subject very thoroughly. His wit is very dry and yes, often very mean, which can be fun, especially when his characters are unlovable, which they so often are. But they really just reflect the flaws in all of us, so we can see where the folly of our ways can lead. I like that some of the stories (well, most of them) are so absurd and over-the-top as to be almost believable.Read more ›
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Strange, interesting characters- although varied, seem to share a common flaw be it naïveté or desperation. Highly engaging and a good read throughout.Published 14 days ago by John
Unrelenting repetition of discrimination and oppression stories. Eye opening but unrelieved by humor or
Comic naturalism, comic determinism, comic primitivism are all terms that come to mind when I think of T.C. Boyle's main motif. Except sometimes, there's nothing funny about it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steven Lubliner
Still not through with all of his stories, but I must say take a read. The places he will take you and the things you will see, feel and smell, it cannot be missed.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
TC Boyle is a talented writer. Some of the stories are very engaging; however, the latent racism, sexism and stereotypes get old real fast. Read morePublished 14 months ago by mark
With his dry wit and vivid imagination, T.C. Boyle is among my favorite short story writers. But be forewarned. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bill
T.C. Boyle's first collection of short stories is right up there with Vonnegut's "Welcome to the Monkey House" and Salinger's "Nine Stories. Read morePublished 22 months ago by YouCan'tWin