T.C. Boyle Stories II



[EPUB] ✶ T.C. Boyle Stories II Author T. Coraghessan Boyle – E17streets4all.co.uk A second volume of short fiction featuring fourteen uncollected stories from the bestselling author and master of the form Few authors write with such sheer love of story and language as TC Boyle, and A second volume of short fiction featuring fourteen uncollected stories from the bestselling author and master of the form Few authors write with such sheer love of story T.C. Boyle Epub / and language as TC Boyle, and that is nowhere evident than in his inventive, wickedly funny, and always entertaining short stories In , TC Boyle Stories brought together the author s first four collections to critical acclaim Now, TC Boyle Stories II gathers the work from his three most recent collections along with fourteen new tales previously unpublished in book form as well as a preface in which Boyle looks back on his career as a writer of stories and the art of making them By turns mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, ironic and moving, Boyle s stories have mapped a wide range of human emotions The fifty eight stories in this new volume, written over the last eighteen years, reflect his maturing themes Along with the satires and tall tales that established his reputation, readers will find stories speaking to contemporary social issues, from air rage to abortion doctors, and character driven tales of quiet power and passion Others capture timeless themes, from first love and its consequences to confrontations with mortality, or explore the conflict between civilization and wildness The new stories find Boyle engagingly testing his characters emotional and physical endurance, whether it s a group of giants being bred as weapons of war in a fictional Latin American country, a Russian woman who ignores dire warnings in returning to her radiation contaminated home, a hermetic writer who gets than a break in his routine when he travels to receive a minor award, or a man in a California mountain town who goes a little too far in his concern for a widow Mordant wit, emotional power, exquisite prose it is all here in abundance TC Boyle Stories II is a grand career statement from a writer whose imagination knows no bounds.T.C. Boyle Stories II

T Coraghessan Boyle also known as TC Boyle, is a US novelist and short story writer Since the late s, he has published seventeen novels and eleven collections T.C. Boyle Epub / of short stories He won the PEN Faulkner award in for his third novel, World s End, which recounts years in upstate New York He is married with three children Boyle has been a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California since , when he founded the school s undergraduate creative writing programHe grew up in the small town on the Hudson Valley that he regularly fictionalizes as Peterskill as in widely anthologized short story Greasy Lake Boyle changed his middle name when he was and exclusively used Coraghessan for much of his career, but now also goes by TC Boyle.

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    T.C. Boyle Stories II PDF/EPUB Û T.C. Boyle Epub / in book form as well as a preface in which Boyle looks back on his career as a writer of stories and the art of making them By turns mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, ironic and moving, Boyle s stories have mapped a wide range of human emotions The fifty eight stories in this new volume, written over the last eighteen years, reflect his maturing themes Along with the satires and tall tales that established his reputation, readers will find stories speaking to contemporary social issues, from air rage to abortion doctors, and character driven tales of quiet power and passion Others capture timeless themes, from first love and its consequences to confrontations with mortality, or explore the conflict between civilization and wildness The new stories find Boyle engagingly testing his characters emotional and physical endurance, whether it s a group of giants being bred as weapons of war in a fictional Latin American country, a Russian woman who ignores dire warnings in returning to her radiation contaminated home, a hermetic writer who gets than a break in his routine when he travels to receive a minor award, or a man in a California mountain town who goes a little too far in his concern for a widow Mordant wit, emotional power, exquisite prose it is all here in abundance TC Boyle Stories II is a grand career statement from a writer whose imagination knows no bounds."/>
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  • T.C. Boyle Stories II
  • T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • English
  • 01 September 2019
  • 0670015873

10 thoughts on “T.C. Boyle Stories II

  1. says:

    TC Boyle Stories II is an anthology of anthologies this nearly 1000 page book contains the previously published short story collections After the Plague, Tooth and Claw, and Wild Child as well as an unpublished one, A Death in Kitchawank hehe I ve already read reviewed the first three all great so this review will be on the Kitchawank hehe collection First off though, some weird omissions additions to the overall contents The story Mexico that s in After the Plague in its singular in TC Boyle Stories II is an anthology of anthologies this nearly 1000 page book contains the previously published short story collections After the Plague, Tooth and Claw, and Wild Child as well as an unpublished one, A Death in Kitchawank hehe I ve already read reviewed the first three all great so this review will be on the Kitchawank hehe collection First off though, some weird omissions additions to the overall contents The story Mexico that s in After the Plague in its singular incarnation is excluded from this bumper book while the wry Orwellian parody Almost Shooting an Elephant is listed under the Tooth and Claw section but doesn t appear in its separate edition In his introduction, Boyle mentions that Mexico had appeared in his first giant collection of stories and he didn t want to double up, which is fine, but there s no mention of the Elephant story so who knows what happened there.A Death in Kitchawank hehe is easily the worst TC Boyle short story collection I ve read Of its 14 stories, only a couple really stood out to me while the others were boring, uninspired and almost instantly forgettable I liked The Way You Look Tonight, about a young married couple where the husband discovers his wife appeared in a sex tape now being shared online from before they were together, which felt like it had real emotional depth to it from the way Boyle wrote both husband and wife characters The other story I liked was The Marlbane Manchester Musser Award about a writer going to an obscure town to accept a literary award and then getting arrested for kidnapping child abuse It was unexpected and exciting and had an amusing arc to it The slob doctor in What Separates Us From the Animals was interesting in that I wondered what his story was and how he became the way he did though Boyle does nothing to develop that angle I remember bits and pieces from other stories that stood out a rock star who lost his three year old daughter during a trip to the beach, a tiger crashing a wedding and killing several guests, a hiking trip that goes wrong but, unusually for Boyle, the stories themselves had a ponderous pace to them, making the reading experience feel like wading through mud The writing is competent but the stories for the most part feel half formed and underdeveloped Stories II is worth reading for three of the four collections a solid four stars each for After the Plague, Tooth and Claw, and Wild Child but I d give a woeful two stars for the tedious Kitchawank hehe tales Though you might not get this impression from my review, I think TC Boyle is one of the finest short story writers working today which the majority of this collection attests to

  2. says:

    If T.C Boyle were anything like his characters in his stories, he d be a hitman for hire, killing people on the side with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye Having met the man, he doesn t look like a serial killer, nor does he act like one, but then all serial killers start out as nice guys But I digress And I need to reevaluate my focus, before I m banned from my reviewing endeavors forever and locked in chains in a basement next to a guy named Moon Shine with a toothpick shoved b If T.C Boyle were anything like his characters in his stories, he d be a hitman for hire, killing people on the side with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye Having met the man, he doesn t look like a serial killer, nor does he act like one, but then all serial killers start out as nice guys But I digress And I need to reevaluate my focus, before I m banned from my reviewing endeavors forever and locked in chains in a basement next to a guy named Moon Shine with a toothpick shoved between two of his missing teeth till the apocalypse.Divided into four parts and with 58 stories, STORIES II THE COLLECTED STORIES OF T CORAGHESSAN BOYLE, VOLUME II clocks you over the head approximately 944 times and doesn t let up once The man can turn a phrase, shove you into the microwave with both hands, and then smack you over the head with a shovel But at least the journey proved intriguing, the characters interesting, and the stories varied and multi faceted, otherwise this would have been about as easy to swallow as a kitchen utensil.Rather than let this review reach epic proportions, I ll give you a crash course introduction to these gloomy tales using a series of words and phrases mudslides and shovels and plastic surgeons and lies and the apocalypse and sagging breasts bad dudes and liars and cheaters and bad relationships and losers and miscreants and maleficence tragedy and loss and pain and suffering and depression and despair and thieves and fraud and kidnapping and adultery and felonies and misdemeanors fishing and boats and seashells and Darth Vader and dickheads and assholes and sleet and popping pills studio sessions and smoking and drinking and reefer and nicotine and slitting throats and kitchen knives historical and present day slugs and scorpions and cloning dogs and kissing frogs and child performers and parent extortionists and rabies and beasts and priests and lairs Romulus and Remus dust and rust and dig and dug and vultures and crows and nobody knows banging beginnings and abrupt endings fornication and penetration and hurried hellos and shortened goodbyes and crazy ass women and asshat men excitation and inebriation and speculation and observation and intonation criminals and punishment and confinement and government and failed experiments wives and husbands and log cabins and ravens and neighborhood watches and Kentucky bourbon andplastic surgeons guns and muzzles and black ski masks and walking hitches and thoroughfares to nowhere and incest dragonflies and desert skies and no sex retreats and tarantulas and Pepsodent campfires and canoes and wieners dog fighting and Lab victims and inhumane cages and failed first dates breast cancer and radioactivity and radionuclides and bees and honey and X rays male rape and impregnate downloading porn and Jameson bottles and California beach communities and fresh coffee and croissants and clap and chlamydia and plaintive looks hybrid tigers and zoo weddings and pi atas and tamales and dead mothers and authors and the wrongfully accused satires and tall tales and the absurd and first person and third I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross posted at Robert s Reads

  3. says:

    You will think from looking at the dates hear that it took me two years to read this book In a strange way that is true I bought the hardcover book quite sometime ago and bought one audible book which I thought replicated this very long book But it took me a very long time to figure out that this book was apparently initially published as four or five individual books which were then ultimately gather together into this one massive volume So there are multiple audible books and once I finall You will think from looking at the dates hear that it took me two years to read this book In a strange way that is true I bought the hardcover book quite sometime ago and bought one audible book which I thought replicated this very long book But it took me a very long time to figure out that this book was apparently initially published as four or five individual books which were then ultimately gather together into this one massive volume So there are multiple audible books and once I finally figured that out I blasted through the audible books one after the other Several of them were read by the author himself which is a extraordinarily positive experience I gave the individual books all three or four stars Basically I felt this author is a treasure whom I easily enjoyed I am not sure I would ve made it through the book or books Reading them on the printed page But the audible books were terrific

  4. says:

    How did I go my whole life without reading this guy Holy cow Amazing Some of these stories I recognized and remembered liking in other collections magazines but for some reason never put 2 and 2 together and went out looking forwell now I will AMAZING.

  5. says:

    I hesitated I wish there was a way to indicate 3.5 stars, somewhere between liked it and really liked it For the most part, this collection is solid There were several stories that left me so frustrated, but something tells me that was Boyle s point, exactly It s as if he s saying Well yes life IS messy You don t always get to know the ending, life scomplicated than that Not for nothing but most writers have a tic be it poetic or narrative or hey, both, am I right I hesitated I wish there was a way to indicate 3.5 stars, somewhere between liked it and really liked it For the most part, this collection is solid There were several stories that left me so frustrated, but something tells me that was Boyle s point, exactly It s as if he s saying Well yes life IS messy You don t always get to know the ending, life scomplicated than that Not for nothing but most writers have a tic be it poetic or narrative or hey, both, am I right T.C Boyle s at least in this publication is bota bag Oy Vey, at some point half way through this collection I thought to myself If he writes onestory featuring a bota bag full of red wine I m gonna stick a a sharp object in my eye, just so I don t have to read that sentence again That having been said I truly admire and enjoy T.C Boyle He s a wonderful contemporary writer observer of life this is well worth the read

  6. says:

    T.C Boyle Stories II The Collected Stories of T Coraghessan Boyle, Volume II contains fifty eight stories by Boyle written since his first collection of short stories was published in 1998 Boyle is a amazing, intelligent literary fiction writer who has a remarkable gift of story telling As much as he is known for his novels, Boyle is a master of the short story He can establish the characters and setting, entangle you in the drama, toy with your emotions, and make it seem effortless The p T.C Boyle Stories II The Collected Stories of T Coraghessan Boyle, Volume II contains fifty eight stories by Boyle written since his first collection of short stories was published in 1998 Boyle is a amazing, intelligent literary fiction writer who has a remarkable gift of story telling As much as he is known for his novels, Boyle is a master of the short story He can establish the characters and setting, entangle you in the drama, toy with your emotions, and make it seem effortless The preface is a detailed review of Boyle s life as a writer to date, where he s been, what has led him to this point, and his theories about writing It is certainly not to be skipped over on your way to the stories.But I must acknowledge that while the preface is quite interesting, Boyle s stories are the shining stars, especially since many of the stories included in this massive collection have already won honors and acclaim It s wonderful to have them all gathered in one collection Stories II includes stories from Boyle s last three collections plus fourteen new stories not previously found in any collection, so, as it has been noted, it is the equivalent of four smaller books It also needs to be noted that Boyle is including everything from the last fifteen years, so this is not a best of or a selection of hand picked award winners.Contents include I After the Plague Termination Dust She Wasn t Soft Killing Babies Captured by the Indians Achates McNeil The Love of My Life Rust Peep Hall Going Down Friendly Skies The Black and White Sisters Death of the Cool My Widow The Underground Gardens After the Plague.II Tooth and Claw When I Woke Up This Morning, Everything I Had Was Gone Swept Away Dogology The Kind Assassin The Swift Passage of the Animals Jubilation Rastrow s Island Chicxulub Here Comes All the Wrecks I ve Crawled Out Of Blinded by the Light Tooth and Claw Almost Shooting an Elephant The Doubtfulness of Water Madam Knight s Journey to New York, 1702 Up Against the Wall III Wild Child Balto La Conchita Question 62 Sin Dolor Bulletproof Hands On The Lie The Unlucky Mother of Aquiles Maldonado Admiral Ash Monday Thirteen Hundred Rats Anacapa Three Quarters of the Way to Hell Wild Child IV A Death in Kitchawank My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain The Silence A Death in Kitchawank What Separates Us from the Animals Good Home In the Zone Los Gigantes The Way You Look Tonight The Night of the Satellite Search and Rescue Sic Transit Burning Bright The Marlbane Manchester Musser Award Birnam WoodI ve put an asterisk in front of the titles of the stories that I especially enjoyed, although that doesn t mean that the others aren t as good This is an expansive collection full of stories that warrant reading and re reading I have a feeling that I ll be re visiting this collection simply to slowly savor many of these stories again and again Admittedly there is one story that I likely won t re read because I can t get it out of my head All I ll say is that it has a dog in it and it makes me weepy and angry.Very Highly Recommended this is a must have collection due to be released on October 3, 2013.Quote after the plague it was some sort of Ebola mutation passed from hand to hand and nose to nose like the common cold life was different More relaxed and expansive,natural The rat race was over, the freeways were clear all the way to Sacramento, and the poor dwindling ravaged planet was suddenly big and mysterious again It was a kind of miracle really, what the environmentalists had been hoping for all along, though of course even the most strident of them wouldn t have wished for his own personal extinction, but there it was Location 3916 3920Excerpt

  7. says:

    This hefty tome 944 pages is worth its weight in gold Gathering together the tales from Boyle s last three story collections plus a group of uncollected stories, it essentially gives you four books in one Many of the stories have also won acclaim inthan a half dozen Best Of anthologies These stories showcase one of the finest fiction writers today at the height of his powers Here is how he describes two parents waiting to discover the severity of their child s injuries after being This hefty tome 944 pages is worth its weight in gold Gathering together the tales from Boyle s last three story collections plus a group of uncollected stories, it essentially gives you four books in one Many of the stories have also won acclaim inthan a half dozen Best Of anthologies These stories showcase one of the finest fiction writers today at the height of his powers Here is how he describes two parents waiting to discover the severity of their child s injuries after being hit by a car in the story, Chixulub We are in that room, in that purgatory of a room, for a good hour orTwice I thrust my head out the door to give the nurse an annihilating look, but there is no news, no doctor, nothing And then, at quarter past two, the inner door swings open, and there he is, a man too young to be a doctor, an infant with a smooth bland face and hair that rides a wave up off his brow, and he doesn t have to say a thing, not a word, because I can see what he s bringing us and my heart seizes with the shock of it He looks to Maureen, looks to me, then drops his eyes I m sorry, he says Wow The majesty of Boyle s words is remarkable This book is a must have for lovers of literary fiction

  8. says:

    After seeing the cover of this book, I have to admit I didn t want to like the short stories inside I mean, look at it Not only is the author striking a Helloooo there ladies Come meet Mister Interesting pose that reminds me of getting trapped in a corner at a cocktail party with a super intense, pseudo profound guy who doesn t understand social cues, but then this author does a WARDROBE CHANGE for his OTHER photo on the book s spine In case you missed it, he switches out his red jacket f After seeing the cover of this book, I have to admit I didn t want to like the short stories inside I mean, look at it Not only is the author striking a Helloooo there ladies Come meet Mister Interesting pose that reminds me of getting trapped in a corner at a cocktail party with a super intense, pseudo profound guy who doesn t understand social cues, but then this author does a WARDROBE CHANGE for his OTHER photo on the book s spine In case you missed it, he switches out his red jacket for yellow Don t forget the facial hair, jewelry, and red sneakers It s a very 80s look, though the book was published in 2013 Nonetheless, this guy can write The stories were remarkably diverse in plot, setting, and voice I enjoyed the whole huge collection until I shut the book, and its cover tried to send me deep, soulful looks from my nightstand.My advice to fans of the short story get the Kindle version.Addendum I just listened to a podcast of the author New Yorker Fiction and like him much better after hearing him read and discuss another writer s short story He sounded normal I mean that in the best of ways Guess it s time to put the troubling book cover behind me and move on

  9. says:

    These didn t really seem to be stories ABOUT anything And there s some merit in that, but it became monotonous There were stories about growing up Stories about family And those are all fine, but they could have been smaller moments in amemorable story There also seemed to be a bunch of stories that centered on older men in which, as an aside, they had an affair.Sometimes the symbolism was very good, sometimes it was a bit too obvious It s not symbolism if it smacks you in the face s These didn t really seem to be stories ABOUT anything And there s some merit in that, but it became monotonous There were stories about growing up Stories about family And those are all fine, but they could have been smaller moments in amemorable story There also seemed to be a bunch of stories that centered on older men in which, as an aside, they had an affair.Sometimes the symbolism was very good, sometimes it was a bit too obvious It s not symbolism if it smacks you in the face several times Most of all, all the stories just sort of ended in the middle There was no end, not even a hint of one Which made even the stories I might have considered good feel lacking.Overall, the writer has a great technique and vocabulary, but it was the subject matter that was lacking The audiobook is read by the author and is well done

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