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Shannan Dahlka
Online Discussion
Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:05pm
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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 aren’t paying attention to all of the small details within each story, odds are you will not understand the big picture Boyle is trying to portray. I’ve had this problem with the stories we have read so far, and that is why I’ve had to read them all twice to fully understand what Boyle is trying to say. I have disliked every story we have read so far in the beginning, because before we talk about them in class, they confused me. Each story we have read has an almost cynical plot with a message that makes you sit for a minute and think. For example, the most recent story we read in class, “The Human Fly,” had a sad ending because Boyle made you attached to the main character, but we got to see how he changed the manager’s life, which is a positive thing. I think the thing that gets me so much about Boyle’s stories is that they are creative, and many of the topics he writes about are unheard of to me. Like “Modern Love” and the entire body condom. That is something I’ve never even heard of, which shocked me to read. Even though I don’t understand most of the Boyle stories right away, once I get the point that Boyle is trying to portray, I do like them. I was actually scared by “On For The Long Haul” and Cullum’s character. Even though I did not understand at first that the story is supposed to be funny because the reason the pamphlet was on Bayard’s desk was because it was his job to make dumb things like this entire Montana relocation look good, but Bayard himself fell for it. The reason I end up liking all of these stories is because I’ve never read such real life, tough stories. All of the other books and stories I’ve read in the past were fluffy and safe. Boyle’s stories make you think about things in a different way, and he is teaching you a lesson, but in a much more real, cynical way.

  • 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
    • 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
      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... more
    • 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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