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Emily Walters
10/14 Discussion
Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:13pm
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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 depressing, and are making me feel like Boyle has a dark side tied into his creative, imaginative brain. His writings just consist of too many depressing twists/surprises. The only thing that I can say for sure is that I never expect what is going to happen by the end, and that is the one and only thing that I can surely say that I like about his writing style.
The only story that I somewhat liked was “Modern Love”. The story was somewhat interesting, though also weird. It was more of the kind of genre I prefer to indulge in reading at the beginning, aside from the weird, germaphobic girl character with major problems. Love stories usually always have a happy ending, and that was what I was expecting and hoping for after reading the few stories assigned from the death section. I really feel like I shouldn’t have been so surprised at the end when it didn’t turn out the way I had thought. Boyles other works had thrown me for a loop, so shouldn’t this one have been any different.
Other than “Modern Love” all the other stories I disliked quite lot. The possibility of why that is is most likely tied to the fact that the main character always dies brutally. In “On for the Long Haul” Wimp was just trying to protect his family from the psychotic Cullum. Though if they hadn’t have had their problems their selves, mentally instability in my opinion, the family would have never even met the crazy neighbor. “The Human Fly” though was a better death story (if there is such a thing) only because in the end Zoltan gets his wish and is famous, aside from the fact that he had to die to do it, it had a partially happy ending. The narrator/his agent was the only real part of the story I could deal without. He seemed like a semi-caring, but also heartless person for allowing Zoltan to go through with some of his stunts.
Even though my impression on Boyles stories so far has been a negative one I am interested to keep reading his work in hopes of finding a story I can actually like. It sounds like a long stretch from the point we’re at right now in class, but I’m sure it is possible. I will probably always keep small negativity in the back of my mind because of this stories past, but some positive ideas and feeling could form from some new, fresh, and actually good stories.

  • 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
    • 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
      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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