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Nicholas Payne
!0/12 Discussion
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:32pm
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In the view as a reader, I appreciate Boyle’s writing style. He uses a clever mixture of sarcasm, witty analysis and referencing of outside cultural topics to create a masterpiece of modern literature. The majority of his stories have similar characteristics. They often end in a similar manner; the main character or characters have a long and unfortunate journey only to have an unproductive and unsatisfying ending. They more often than not do not truly find happiness at the stories end but they do find truth. Boyle will set them up as flawed characters searching for something and he ends the story with them finding out that what they were searching for or felt like they needed, was not worth the trouble. “Modern Love” and “Carnal Knowledge” share similarities in the fact that they both involve middle age men looking for a serious girlfriend. They both do strange and abnormal tasks to try and impress or gain favor with the girl they meet. In “Modern Love,” our unnamed narrator meets a girl who has an obsession with exotic diseases and seems to be afraid of germs. Their dates and phone calls consisted of her telling him about the latest exotic disease she found. His overall goal was simple, sex. He finally got what he desired, however her idea of sex was with him wearing a full-body condom. He finally convinced her to have sex without the condom, but she wanted him to get tested first. In the end she broke it off leaving him to feel crushed. In “Carnal Knowledge,” the narrator Jim is another middle aged man looking for a serious girlfriend. He meets a girl on a California beach when her dog pees on him. He finds she is an Eco-Terrorist who wants him to perform many animal liberation tasks in exchange for her interest. He ends up going through all this trouble just to get sex from her; realizing in the end that it was just sex. The characters in both stories are after nothing but sex. In the death section the stories “The Big Game,” and “The Human Fly,” involve characters risking their lives to look tough or get fame. They both end in the demise of those characters. I think this shows us that Boyle is the kind of guy who doesn’t like nonsense and sees the world for what it really is. He seems to almost enjoy pointing out the flaws of the world. His use of sarcasm and witty humor really brings out his messages in his stories. Boyle definitely helps us see his point in the story, but he also seems to except the fact that we will form our own opinions. He displays his message through subtext and sarcasm, but leaves it open to interpretation.

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