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T.C. Boyle stories : the collected stories of T. Coraghessan Boyle.
Boyle, T. Coraghessan.
imprint
New York : Penguin Books, 1999.
description
x, 691 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
014028091X (pbk.), 9780140280913 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Penguin Books, 1999.
isbn
014028091X (pbk.)
9780140280913 (pbk.)
contents note
I. Love: Modern love -- Ike and Nina -- Sorry fugu -- Without a hero -- Heart of a champion -- Carnal knowledge -- Acts of god -- Hopes rise -- Descent of man -- Caviar -- All shook up -- I dated Jane Austen -- Caye -- Little fur people -- John Barleycorn lives -- The hat -- Whales weep -- A women's restaurant -- Thawing out -- Back in the Eocene -- Sitting on top of the world -- If the river was whiskey -- Juliana cloth -- II. Death: Big game -- Greasy lake -- Peace of mind -- King bee -- Sinking house -- The Devil and Irv Cherniske -- The human fly -- On for the long haul -- The 100 faces of death, volume IV -- Little America -- Stones in my passway, hellhound on my trail -- The hit man -- Not a leg to stand on -- Green Hell -- Me cago en la leche (Robert Jordan in Nicaragua) -- The ape lady in retirement -- De rerum natura -- The extinction tales -- The fog man -- Drowning -- Rara avis -- The overcoat II -- Mexico -- III. And everything in between: Beat -- Hard sell -- The miracle at Ballinspittle -- Top of the food chain -- The Hector Quesadilla story -- We are Norsemen -- The champ -- Bloodfall -- Rupert Beersley and the beggar master of Sivana-Hoota -- The New Moon Party -- The second swimming -- Dada -- Two ships -- The little chill -- A bird in hand -- The Arctic explorer -- Rapture of the deep -- 56-0 -- The big garage -- Zapatos -- Respect -- Filthy with things.
abstract
Combines four previous collections, as well as seven new tales, to present seventy short fiction stories by contemporary American author T. Coraghessan Boyle.
catalogue key
9074159
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About the Author
BIH Author Biography
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of Drop City, A Friend of the Earth, Riven Rock, The Tortilla Curtain, The Road to Wellville, East Is East, World's End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Budding Prospects, Water Music, and six collections of stories. In 1999, he was the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. His stories appear regularly in major American magazines, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, and Playboy. He lives near Santa Barbara, California. T.C. Boyle's Web site is www.tcboyle.com.
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
PEN Center USA West Literary Awards, USA, 1999 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1998-07:
A selection of 68 stories, including three never before published, grouped under headings like "Love" and "Death." (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1998-09-21:
A premier practitioner of short fiction, Boyle (Water Music) gathers two decades worth of work in one volume of almost 70 stories, adding seven pieces (three previously unpublished) to the contents of his previous four collections. The entries are organized thematically, evenly divided among "Love," "Death" and "And Everything In Between"; thus chronology is jumbled and early pieces flank more recent ones. The "Love" stories are so polished and sophisticated they all but glitter. In them, very often a hapless male, modestly hoping merely to get laid, encounters an obsessed woman and finds himself eventually undone. Sex itself is not especially important to Boyle, but obsession is. Obsessions of one sort or another (animal activism, germophobia, Elvis, frogs, squirrels, whales) inform these stories, which sparkle with wicked wit and exuberant prose. The last "Love" story serves as a sad transition to the tales of "Death." "Juliana Cloth" chronicles the way a sexually transmitted virus decimates an African town, and a girl goesÄknowinglyÄto an embrace that will kill her. The cumulative effect of the "Death" section, though, is numbing, repetitiously grotesque and finally gratuitous. However, the collection's texture quickens in the last section, "And Everything In Between," a potpourri of chilling fables. Throughout Boyle's work, real people (Eisenhower, Khrushchev, Carry Nation, Robert Johnson, Mao, Jack Kerouac, Jacques Cousteau) appear in narrative out-takes that are invariably amusing and, like Boyle's more serious work, mordant, worldly and irreverent. Author tour. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
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New York Times Book Review, November 1998
Globe & Mail, December 1998
New York Times Book Review, December 1999
New York Times Book Review, June 2000
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Summaries
Main Description
T. C. Boyle is one of the most inventive and wickedly funny short story writers at work today. Over the course of twenty-five years, Boyle has built up a body of short fiction that is remarkable in its range, richness, and exuberance. His stories have won accolades for their irony and black humor, for their verbal pyrotechnics, for their fascination with everything bizarre and queasy, and for the razor-sharp way in which they dissect America's obsession with image and materialism. Gathered together here are all of the stories that have appeared in his four previous collections, as well as seven that have never before appeared in book form. Together they comprise a book of small treasures, a definitive gift for Boyle fans and for every reader ready to discover the "ferocious, delicious imagination" ( Los Angeles Times Book Review ) of a "vibrant sensibility fully engaged with American society" ( The New York Times ).
Publisher Fact Sheet
Twenty-five years of dazzling short stories including 7 never published in book form.
Unpaid Annotation
Gathered here are all the stories that have appeared in the inventive writer's four previous collections, as well as seven that have never before been published in book form.
Unpaid Annotation
T. C. Boyle is one of the most inventive and wickedly funny short story writers at work today. Over the course of twenty-five years, Boyle has built up a body of short fiction that is remarkable in its range, richness, and exuberance. His stories have won accolades for their irony and black humor, for their verbal pyrotechnics, for their fascination with everything bizarre and queasy, and for the razor-sharp way in which they dissect America's obsession with image and materialism. Gathered together here are all of the stories that have appeared in his four previous collections, as well as seven that have never before appeared in book form. Together they comprise a book of small treasures, a definitive gift for Boyle fans and for every reader ready to discover the "ferocious, delicious imagination" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) of a "vibrant sensibility fully engaged with American society" (The New York Times).
Table of Contents
Love
Modern Lovep. 3
Ike and Ninap. 12
Sorry Fugup. 21
Without a Herop. 34
Heart of a Championp. 46
Carnal Knowledgep. 53
Acts of Godp. 69
Hopes Risep. 85
Descent of Manp. 97
Caviarp. 106
All Shook Upp. 119
Dated Jane Austenp. 133
Cayep. 138
Little Fur Peoplep. 143
John Barleycorn Livesp. 156
The Hatp. 165
Whales Weepp. 178
A Women's Restaurantp. 189
Thawing Outp. 199
Back in the Eocenep. 210
Sitting on Top of the Worldp. 215
If the River Was Whiskeyp. 228
Juliana Clothp. 236
Death
Big Gamep. 245
Greasy Lakep. 261
Peace of Mindp. 269
King Beep. 280
Sinking Housep. 292
The Devil and Irv Cherniskep. 302
The Human Flyp. 314
On for the Long Haulp. 327
The 100 Faces of Death, Volume IVp. 342
Little Americap. 350
Stones in My Passway, Hellhound on My Trailp. 360
The Hit Manp. 365
Not a Leg to Stand Onp. 370
Green Hellp. 383
Me Cago en la Leche (Robert Jordan in Nicaragua)p. 395
The Ape Lady in Retirementp. 402
De Rerum Naturap. 416
The Extinction Talesp. 424
The Fog Manp. 430
Drowningp. 439
Rara Avisp. 445
The Overcoat IIp. 449
Mexicop. 469
And Everything in Between
Beatp. 485
Hard Sellp. 497
The Miracle at Ballinspittlep. 502
Top of the Food Chainp. 510
The Hector Quesadilla Storyp. 515
We Are Norsemenp. 525
The Champp. 532
Bloodfallp. 538
Rupert Beersley and the Beggar Master of Sivani-Hootap. 546
The New Moon Partyp. 561
The Second Swimmingp. 574
Dadap. 584
Two Shipsp. 587
The Little Chillp. 597
A Bird in Handp. 602
The Arctic Explorerp. 612
Rapture of the Deepp. 625
56-0p. 636
The Big Garagep. 647
Zapatosp. 661
Respectp. 666
Filthy with Thingsp. 675
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