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Elyse Huwe
Boyle Stories
Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:01pm
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Through out this year the class has been assigned several Boyle stories. I have been ambivalent to many of the stories, unsure of whether I liked them or not, But a few stories swayed me in either direction.
My favorite of all of the stories was most likely "Carnal Knowledge". In this story the main character falls in love with a beautiful woman. The woman is an obsessive animal rights activist and her life revolves more around that then love and her interpersonal relationships. Boyle does not make the audience love her, he lets the audience see her for what she really is and allows them to create their own feelings about her. I developed feelings of dislike for the woman. She is a squatter, she broke in and lived in a families summer home. She does not control her dog, he pees all over the main character as well as the families furniture. The main character should have seen signs that she was an incredibly self centered individual who didn't care what other people thought of what she did just as long as she was happy. She could have easily stopped the dog from peeing but instead she just let it happen. She also destroyed other things that people did like lab research, never thinking of the consequences, she only ever thought of what she wanted to do. The main character was a sweet man who did not need to be involved with that. In the end though the girl dumped the main character and he was not upset in the slightest, he figured she was just another girl and he would be fine. That story gave me a sense of relief because the narrator was unhurt emotionally as was the girl.
On the flip side, a story that I did not like was "On for the Long Haul." In this story the main character who has not done anything morally wrong, dies. He attempts to protect his family by moving them away from their home in California to a remote area in Montana because an agent played on his paranoia and fear of being caught in a life or death situation without the means of being able to chose life. Another man who is not so morally upright and who does not have a family, moves in next door to the main character and hunts him and his family down, killing them in cold blood for their land as well as revenge over a fight he and the main character were involved in. I dislike the fact that evil triumphs over good in this story. I know Boyle is trying to say that agents are bad and greedy in the story as well as obsession can lead to death, but it wasn't his obsession that killed him. His obsession just allowed for him to be in the situation.
Another story that I read in the love section was "Sorry, Fugu" about an obsessed chef, but I do not believe it is worth reading as a class because it follows Boyle's theme of obsession with a woman, but it is for the reasons of the restaurant's success.

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