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Ron Hicks
Re: 3/16 Discussion
Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:50pm
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The whole book of TC Boyle short stories is full of interesting works with peculiar characters that speak to the audience. So far, I would have to say my favorite is “Modern Love” the story about a desperate man who falls in love with a compulsive, neat freak of a woman and the only way she will let him near her is by the use of obscene rituals such as a full-body condom for intercourse. I find this story the most intriguing because it really portrays some of the lengths men and women will go to in today’s society just to have a special someone else to call their own. While most people would not tolerate the things the woman asked the man to go through, there are still a lot of couples out there test one another’s true feelings by putting them through passive-aggressive hell in order to see if they really care or not. The story I did not find the most enjoyable to read, although all the short stories have their own flavor and audience, was “Big Game.” I can relate this story back to a similar theme in “Modern Love” in saying that both stories are testaments to how people behave and interact in our current generation. “Big Game” depicted the story of a snooty, rich family with more money than brains traveling to a con artist’s ranch to hunt down and kill innocent, wild, and majestic beasts that do not belong outside the realm of the savannah in Africa, let alone a gated landscape in California. I did not like this story because this just further portrays the stupidity of the “average” American and what money, or the greed for it, can do to someone’s morals and overall personality. As I stated before, every TC Boyle short story we have read this semester has its own personality and flavor that really appeals to a certain audience and I do feel that these stories are targeted to a younger age bracket in hopes of warning us about one thing or another that may come up in life. Other material in previous English classes has been dry and students only read it because they were being tested on it, and while I have never been a reader-for-fun, I do enjoy sitting and reading a TC Boyle story that was assigned to us.

  • 3/16 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Mar 15 7:41pm
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    • 3/16 Discussion - Emma Daughtrey, Fri Mar 16 4:58pm
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    • 3/16 Discussion - Katie Hildreth, Fri Mar 16 4:51pm
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    • Re: 3/16 Discussion - Patrick O'Shea, Fri Mar 16 4:08pm
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    • Re: 3/16 Discussion - Keona Miller, Fri Mar 16 4:02pm
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    • 3/16 post - Chris Ingram, Fri Mar 16 3:33pm
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    • 3/16 Discussion - jacob thomas, Fri Mar 16 3:06pm
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    • Online Discussion 3/16 - Nicole Brown, Fri Mar 16 3:01pm
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    • 3/16 Discussion - Tiffany LaBarge, Fri Mar 16 3:00pm
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    • Re: 3/16 Discussion - Kaylicia Kelly, Fri Mar 16 2:14pm
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    • 3/16 Discussion - Joseph Guo, Fri Mar 16 1:58pm
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    • Discussion 3/16 - Brennen Lieske, Fri Mar 16 1:41pm
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    • 3/16 discussion - Amber Sanchez, Fri Mar 16 1:14pm
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    • Re: 3/16 Discussion - Ron Hicks, Fri Mar 16 12:50pm
    • 3/16 Discussion - Brandon Riley, Fri Mar 16 12:43pm
      So far I would have to go with the story Green Hell. I enjoyed reading this story because I felt like the whole time I was reading it I could picture what was going on in my head. It seemed almost... more
    • 3/16 Discussion - Taylan Doherty, Fri Mar 16 10:49am
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    • DB 3/16 - Ashley Heavner, Fri Mar 16 10:42am
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    • 3/16 - Marilee Johnson, Fri Mar 16 10:30am
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