- Paperback: 355 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (September 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780140238280
- ISBN-13: 978-0140238280
- ASIN: 014023828X
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tortilla Curtain Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 1, 1996
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Go tell it in the valley: Boyle's newest novel is, according to the publicist, "a timely, provocative account" of immigration in central California. With a 100,000-copy first printing and a 25-city tour, you know the publisher expects this book to be big.
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Top Customer Reviews
I liked Boyle's technique of alternating points of view between the Mossbachers and the Rincons in each chapter - felt it was very effective. I also appreciated that he did not take a stance in his views, leaving it up to the reader to form his own conclusions. To that point, I felt that his deliberately crafted ending was perfect. This is a great candidate for a book club (I am setting forth it as a suggestion for mine) and should provoke quite a lively discussion of its many themes.
Where everyone is racist, sexist and stupid. Where men are either rapists or beta males. Where every character is one-dimensional, every metaphor so leaded and heavy-handed you wonder the book doesn't collapse from its weight (yes even more heavy-handed then the metaphor I just used).
Where at the end Mr. Boyle has no idea what to do with the lazy mess he has created that he pulls out the oldest laziest trick in the book: the Deus Ex Machina. But it doesn't save this roadkill of a book.
One of only two books I've read in the past twenty years that after finishing I threw into the recycling bin instead of keeping or donating to a library book sale. The paper in this book is better used as a Starbuck's coffee sleeve than in its current form.
You might wonder if I'm exaggerating: a little known fact about Tortilla Curtain - copies from at least one Penguin edition of the book were printed with roughly 80 pages missing in the back third of the book. No one seems to have noticed. Because no one actually reads this book. The only reason it sells here or anywhere is that for some unexplained reason it is popular in High School and College English composition classes. And the students just read the Cliff Notes.
Mr. T.C. Boyle quotes John Steinbeck in the opening of his novel. Do yourself a favor, don't buy this book instead go buy Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath", or better yet, Steinbeck's much smaller, but just as masterful "The Pearl." You can thank me later.