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Brennen Lieske
Discussion 3/16
Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:41pm
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So far, I have enjoyed all of the T.C. Boyle that we’ve read, but the one that stands out in my mind is Green Hell. The environment that the story is set is one of my favorite parts about it. He explains that if you walk ten feet away the aircraft disappears and describes the trees that reach incredible heights. Boyle also relates certain characteristics to each person that are funny on the surface, but really make a statement about society and prioritization in times of crisis. For instance, the cat man is different because of his birthmark and he is subsequently kicked out of the group. Tanqueray is an alcoholic, but his drinking hardly subsides after they crash. It’s this subtle yet hard-hitting humor that is characteristic of Boyle’s writing. Green Hell also exemplified a use of sensitive detail about the surroundings, the gore, the meals they ate, the insects, among others. An unwavering confidence throughout the story is something else that I love; he is never scared to write something and this story in particular is gritty and real. The end of Green Hell much like his other stories is one that provokes thought and only halfway ends the story. We don’t really know if he made it to salvation, or became famous, or wrote his book. A good cliffhanger is a hard thing to get right without leaving your audience feeling disappointed, but Boyle seems to be able to. Of all the stories we have read, the one that I like the least is ‘Top of the Food Chain’. It is a very short one, and it feels like Boyle didn’t take time to set it up as well as the others. While it is still a great story that prods the subject of chemical intrusion of the environment and how nature is all-powerful, it just didn’t allow for the emotional roller-coaster that the longer reads did. The story ‘Modern Love’ is an example of a story that plays with your emotions. We can relate with how the narrator is feeling through his journeys with his lady friend Breda, but as much as HE likes her we are still quite disturbed by her habits and personality in general. Boyle’s writing style is subtly insulting and edgy, with top-of-the-line sensory details and solid yet unpredictable story-lines. Much more than I can say for any other assigned reading in the past, which has been wildly classical and boring. I plan on reading this whole Boyle book and possibly buying more.

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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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    • Re: 3/16 Discussion - Kaylicia Kelly, Fri Mar 16 2:14pm
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