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Courtney Riddle
10/14 Discussion
Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:13am
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In all honesty, I haven’t enjoyed the Boyle stories that we’ve read so far very much. I did not care for “Modern Love” at all, specifically because I thought the girl, Breda, was a little insane. I understand her being a little germaphobic, because a lot of times there’s good reasons for being that way, but she was just a little too obsessed. Personally, I would not have liked to hang around Breda, for one, because I don’t want to learn about weird, creepy diseases, and two, because someone like her would make me feel really self-conscious. When pulled out the full-body condoms I was a little disgusted that she was so disgusted, if that makes any sense. All of the other stories have been in the death section, (I haven’t read Carnal Knowledge yet,) so it sort of takes out the surprise at the end of the story. Throughout the whole story I find myself wondering who is going to die, and how. Maybe that’s the type of thing T.C. Boyle was going for, but I would rather him not grouped the stories into sections, so the reader didn’t know what to expect at the end. Other than the shock value being gone, “The Human Fly” was interesting, because as a reader, you never knew whether he was going to live or die from each of his little stunts that he pulled, or which one was going to kill him. I was indifferent to “The Long Haul” just because I thought all of them were paranoid to be giving up their whole lives just to go live in the middle of nowhere and live off the land. I also didn’t like Cullum at all, because he was really cruel to kick Wemp’s daughter, and killed Bayard Wemp for seemingly no reason. The “Big Game” was alright I guess, but I just thought it was odd that people would drive out to Bakersfield, California to pretend like they were in Africa, and pay thousands of dollars just to kill some animals. All of Boyle’s stories seem to be based on some strange idea like trying to be a superhero, having a “African safari” in the US, being paranoid that you were going to be attacked, or an extreme germaphobe, which I don’t particularly care for.

  • 10/14 Discussion - Andy Bates, Fri Oct 14 7:39am
    What have been your impressions of the Boyle stories we've read so far? Which ones have you liked? Disliked? Why?
    • 10/14 Discussion - Dj Hayes, Fri Oct 14 4:25pm
      Personally I have enjoyed just about all of the T.C Boyle stories we have read. They are a collection of reading material that is surprisingly entertaining and creative. These two elements make... more
    • Online Discussion 10/14 - Elizabeth McCarty, Fri Oct 14 4:22pm
      I have really enjoyed the Boyle stories because most of them are rather entertaining. A couple of them have made me laugh and T.C. Boyle has a very interesting and witty writing style. Even though... more
    • Online Discussion 10/14 - Caleb Childress, Fri Oct 14 3:44pm
      I like the fact that you chose the Boyle book simply because of the variety that it gives us. When I first saw the book I was pretty bummed because I thought we were going to have to read the huge... more
    • Online discussion 10/14 - Nicole Brown, Fri Oct 14 3:23pm
      So far none of the Boyle stories have interested me much. To be honest reading “Modern Love” made me uncomfortable. The basic idea of the story was realistic however, and I do believe it said... more
    • 10/14 - Jacqueline Luicci, Fri Oct 14 3:19pm
      All of the Boyle stories seem to have a morbid or twisted sense of humor which makes it interesting to read. So far it has been unusual and weird to read his stories about random things. I like how... more
    • 10/14 Discussion - Emily Walters, Fri Oct 14 3:13pm
      The impression I have on the Boyle stories presently is negative. In all honestly none of thus far have really caught my attention or have really been in my interest group. The stories have been... more
    • Online Discussion 10/14 - Chris Kidd, Fri Oct 14 3:06pm
      My initial take on the book was bleak. I foresaw us plowing through this thick book and writing a plethora of summaries/analysis’. Though thick once I found that the book was divided into three... more
    • Online Discussion - Shannan Dahlka, Fri Oct 14 3:05pm
      Of the stories we have read from Boyle’s stories, I have mixed reactions at first. Boyle’s stories are different from anything that I have ever had to read in any English class in school. If you... more
    • Re: 10/14 Discussion - Joseph Smith, Fri Oct 14 2:55pm
      The Boyle stories that we have read so far have been very interesting always with a twist or some great irony in the story. Most of the stories describe an aspect of society through fictional... more
    • 10-14 online discussion - Cliff Stallings, Fri Oct 14 2:53pm
      I had no idea the Boyle book had so many stories in it. I knew there were multiple stories in the book, but I thought they were long and boring instead of short and interesting. I have liked all of... more
    • 10/14 discussioin - Meredith Masteller, Fri Oct 14 1:45pm
      My initial impression of the Boyle book when I saw it was not good. I thought that it was one of those books like they gave you in high school where you have to read it and write a research paper.... more
    • Online Discussion - Gabrielle Tucker, Fri Oct 14 1:24pm
      What I like about the Boyle stories we have read is the Irony. The stories in my opinion are written in an almost cynical tone where they never have a happy ending and are mostly depressing in a way... more
    • Online Discussion 10/14 - Erin Schwartz, Fri Oct 14 11:35am
      My impression of the Boyle stories so far is that they are odd. None of the stories we have read so far are anything I would particularly choose to read on my own, but I also haven’t been bored... more
      • 10/14 discussion - therese Dalheim, Fri Oct 14 1:07pm
        I don’t think I can say I have liked any of the stories. I find most of them interesting, but they’re so cynical. My impression of the stories is that Boyle must be depressed or something. Every... more
    • 10/14 Discussion - Courtney Riddle, Fri Oct 14 11:13am
    • Re: 10/14 Discussion - Aaron Key, Fri Oct 14 10:29am
      When I first got the Boyle book at the beginning of the year my immediate impression was panic. I thought that we were going to have to read the entire thing and write a paper on the book. Luckily... more
    • Discussion 10/14 - Blackburn Warner, Fri Oct 14 9:12am
      There are a lot of short stories that I have had to read in English classes that I have not enjoyed. There are some good stories and of course there are some bad ones. So far the Boyle stories have... more
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