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Chris Kidd
Online Discussion 10/14
Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:06pm
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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 sections of stories I was no longer intimidated but intrigued. After our first story I was a little bummed. It had a semi cool plot but wasn’t the easiest story to follow which had me unfocused while I was reading or maybe this was just because I read it on the bus before class. Either way big game through me for a loop I never expected for the elephant to go buck wild. Boyle shows a good sense of unpredictability. I was stoked for the unpredictable plots because it makes every story that much interesting. I liked “the long haul” a lot because of Boyle’s use of irony. For some reason I felt like I could relate to the story a lot, partly because I have some paranoid relatives in my family that remind me of Wemp and his wife. I think when you can compare a character in a story to a real life person it makes it easier to relate to them. I did not enjoy the story where she made him wear a body condom. This story was downright weird and may have scarred me for life. Why in the world would you continue dating a weird chick if you weren’t getting it in? He portrays her to be beautiful but how can we trust this guy. For all we know this guy is a virgin and hates himself so much he’ll do anything for this girl because she likes him. Any normal guy would’ve have hightailed it outta there right when seeing anyone of the numerous psycho girlfriends traits. But no this guy is so desperate he wraps himself up so he can bang her. No, sorry that’s ridiculous. These stories may be fiction but I often wonder where and in which characters Boyle express his own personality trait. It will be interesting as we read through more of the book and see recurring themes and character traits.

  • 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
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    • 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
    • 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
      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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