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World's End (Contemporary American Fiction) Paperback – July 20, 1990
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Boyle was one angry young writer and I think his venom has ebbed somewhat over the years, which is a good thing for him personally, but might cost his writing. I stopped reading him at _Road to Wellville_, which I thought was silly, but after hearing a recent interview with him about _Riven Rock_, I may try to catch up.
I think that _World's End_ is his best book because it is about his hometown. Maybe he has lived in southern California long enough now to write about that area and its people just as well.
I think Boyle is as iconic and American writer as I can think of. His writing is completely centered on the USA, and whatever region or time period he is describing, he immerses the reader, he makes the place and/or time come alive and that's why he is my #1 favorite writer.
No book is as American as this one, it's practically a history book. That can, indeed be challenging. It also shows Boyle's typical view: Everyone is messed up, and some people at least try to do better, but we all fail. That is how he writes about individuals, and that is how he writes about America. Some people probably have a problem with that. But I love it.
My best friend is a lazy reader. I mean, he doesn't seek out books, he picks from the many books I read and refer to him. He never picks up books unless I recommend them, and he loved "Budding Prospects" but didn't like "World's End." I think because the structure of "World's End" is rather daunting. It is mentioned that there is a three-page list of characters, from three different time periods. That about sizes it up, I had to refer to this list over and over again while reading. I enjoyed the challenge of keeping up with all of these people and how they fit together. My friend did not. I imagine many a reader would be put off by the structure of World's End.
And that's fine. Boyle has written lots of straightforward books, (such as "East is East which is also excellent) and this is certainly the most convoluted.Read more ›
Intermingled in these narratives are the stories of those who interacted with our twenty-year old and his family--primarily a wealthy Dutch family and the local Indian tribe--and all those in the present story are descendants of those in the past. In general, the wealthy family is cruel, the regular family is cowardly and the Indians are oppressed. Oh. And there are a number of striking--if not improbable--coincidences between past and present of a kind similar to the amputated foot thing.
This really isn't as confusing as it sounds, although it helps that there is a two page list of principal characters at the beginning. You may find that you don't have to refer to it after every page, but refer to it, you will.
They're all pretty good stories, though, and despite the obvious forays into magical realism Boyle mostly keeps it real. The characters are distinctive and he is very good at maintaining narrative tension. It is one of those books in which you find you regret that a chapter has come to an end, only to become completely immersed within a few pages of the next.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book about the subtle ways that history leaves its indelible mark on us all, the diabolical methods the rich use to manipulate the poor into betraying their own best interests... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tyler Johnson
This novel is full of very wicked men of multiple generations. The few good men are lost in the shuffle, and the women are pretty secondary throughout. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patti
The plot did too much flopping around between centuries for me to enjoy it. However, the author's writing is superb. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carolyn
The wife raves about Boyle, and suggested this one as a starter for me... now she's pushing some of his other novels, but I really couldn't get into this one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by dfbarnes
I really enjoyed Boyle's "After the Killing is Done," and another about an Alaskan commune (forget about the name). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lucy
Dutch men and women settled the Hudson Valley in the 17th century, displacing the Native Americans who lived there, and this twisty saga sets up as a struggle, extending from then... Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Feldman
Though I am a T. C. Boyle fan I gave up on this early novel of his mainly because of the confusing cast of characters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leila
This is the first TC Boyle book I've read and I was not disappointed. A great story, particularly for someone like me who grew up in the Hudson Valley and knows the setting like... Read morePublished 12 months ago by T. J. Eaton