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Nicole Brown
Online discussion 10/14
Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:23pm
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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 something about today’s society, but it was very odd. Her obsession with germs and diseases was way over the top, like a lot of people obsessions are today. I have to say that was my least favorite of any of the stories we read. The stories in the death section were not as bad as “Modern Love” was. “The Human Fly” was quite interesting, but knowing he was going to die the whole time almost ruined the story for me. His daredevil ways eventually caught up to him and he died, as expected. There was a little anticipation with his death though; each time he performed a stunt the audience wondered if this would be the one that killed him. It added a very dramatic effect to the story I believe.
“The Long Haul” was my favorite by far, but that is not saying much. I only enjoyed it because my father is a bit paranoid in this way, although nowhere near as paranoid as Mr. Wemp. It made the story relatable to me. I could understand his fears and paranoia because I have experienced it in my own life. The ending made me a little curious though. I wondered whether Cullum stopped with killing Wemp, or continued on a killing spree of the whole family. I think he was crazy enough to go for the whole family. He was “in it for the long haul”. The story “Big Game” was pretty horrific to me. I did not understand it really. I did not get why someone would go to California to shoot animals held in captivity, when they were not even skilled hunters. The wife angered me throughout the story as well, and so did the bratty daughter. I felt sympathy for the elephant Bessie B though, and was actually happy for her when she stomped the humans to death. All of Boyle’s stories that we have read so far, even the ones in the love section have been unattractive and depressing. I am starting to think he avoids happiness and joy altogether.

  • 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
    • 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
      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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