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Eric Cobb
Thoughts on Boyle
Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:23pm
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Even though T.C. Boyle stories usually have a conclusion with a heartbroken man or death I still enjoy the stories. I believe he shows the more realistic side of life in his writing. This allows the reader to further emerge themselves in his storytelling. I like how his stories have underlying messages about his own beliefs. His characters are also more realistic. For example the guys always change themselves not for a woman’s heart, but her body.
My favorite story is On for the Long Haul, because Boyle shows many different themes in this one story. The greed of agents is a theme that the reader becomes familiar with as he continues to read this book. Boyle also shows his view on obsessions and how they can corrupt one’s life. Another reason why I enjoyed this story is because the plot was well thought out and it kept the reader interested in what happened to the main character. My favorite quote was also from this story “he would never use it, not if all the hungry hordes of the earth were at his door. But Cullum would. Oh yes, Cullum would. Cullum was on for the long haul” (Boyle, 341). My least favorite story is Modern Love, because I don’t enjoy learning about these characters. He is weak when it comes to who he is unlike the guy in Carnal Knowledge who after he gets what he wanted goes back to being himself.
A story I think we should read in class is The Hit Man. I thought it was a good story with a good sense of humor. Boyle leaves this main character as the hit man and all he says is he ends people. One more story is A Bird in Hand I have not yet read the full extent of this story but I think it is interesting. I look forward to reading more of these stories in class. I will also enjoy learning more about the author T.C. Boyle and his own views on life, love, and death. I have enjoyed this class and all the discussions we have on this book.

  • 10/26 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Oct 25 10:23pm
    What are your impressions of the Boyle stories we've read so far? Which has been your favorite? Your least favorite? Why? Are there any other stories from the book you're read and would like us to... more
    • 10/26/2012 class discussion - Nicholas Payne, Fri Oct 26 4:23pm
      Boyle really knows how to write an interesting story. The stories we have read so far have been enjoyable on many different levels. The underlying tones of Boyle’s sense of humor combined with the... more
    • 10/26 Discussion - Jessica Ellington, Fri Oct 26 4:20pm
      I have enjoyed reading these T.C. Boyle short stories because Boyle has a way of making you want to keep reading and keeps the excitement going. He writes in a way that makes it hard to predict what... more
    • 10/26 Discussion - Joel Bendel, Fri Oct 26 4:06pm
      I have thoroughly enjoyed the Boyle stories we have read so far. I always finish the stories in one sitting because I can't put the book down before I finish it. Each story I have read keeps me on... more
    • discussion 10/26 - Erin Kelly, Fri Oct 26 3:45pm
      So far I have really liked the Boyle stories we have read so far. I have never been a big reader, and I was not to thrilled when I saw this big book we were going to read. Once we began to start... more
    • Boyle stories - Alec McKee, Fri Oct 26 3:44pm
      I could not just pick one story out of the Boyle book as my favorite. My two favorite stories are “Big Game” and “Carnal Knowledge”. “Big Game” was interesting and it kept my attention the whole... more
    • More Boyle stories - Megan Cassell, Fri Oct 26 3:26pm
      I have found the Boyle stories interesting so far. My favorite story so far was “Little fur People”, because I like that it wasn’t about a crazy cat lady; instead it was a crazy squirrel lady. This... more
    • Thoughts on Boyle - Eric Cobb, Fri Oct 26 3:23pm
    • Response 10/26 - Haley Holland, Fri Oct 26 3:09pm
      As a whole I have liked the Boyle stories that we have read because they are very entertaining and interesting. He has a way of making unorthodox characters fun and getting us hooked while reading... more
    • Boyle Stories - Elyse Huwe, Fri Oct 26 3:01pm
      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... more
    • 10/26 Discussion - Emily Alfano, Fri Oct 26 2:05pm
      I have mixed feelings about the Boyle stories that we’ve read so far. I think Boyle is a great writer and uses a variety of writing strategies to create interesting characters and events. He... more
    • Favorite and Least Favorite Boyle Story - Cameron Gould, Fri Oct 26 1:37pm
      My impressions of the stories we have read in T.C. Boyle’s book are that they have great ways of conveying messages to us with a fun story. Each of the stories we have read so far have had their own... more
    • boyle stories - lexi short, Fri Oct 26 1:18pm
      The Boyle stories have been very interesting and i have enjoyed the ones we have read so far even though more than half of them have made me feel ambivalent. I enjoy the way Boyle writes his stories... more
    • 10/26 Discussion - Keleigh Britt, Fri Oct 26 1:15pm
      So far I have enjoyed how diverse each Boyle story we have read. Each story has similar characteristics depending on what section the story lies however the plots are completely different. Stories... more
    • TC Boyle Opinion - David Teague, Fri Oct 26 1:04pm
      My opinion of the TC Boyle stories is kind of mixed. I like the stories they are different, but at the same time they are very strange. When I first read on I just have to stand back and think abut... more
    • Boyle Stories - Rachel Blihar, Fri Oct 26 12:14pm
      The Boyle stories are very interesting to me. They keep me interested because there is always a crazy twist whether the story is in the death section or the love section. I feel like there is always... more
    • 10/26 Discussion - Tina Brown, Fri Oct 26 11:27am
      T.C Boyle does an excellent job of portraying his views in his stories and he has some of the same views as I do. Like Boyle, I dislike arrogance and greed, I believe that obsessions are harmful,... more
    • 10/26 Discussion - Allison Peek, Fri Oct 26 11:19am
      My impressions of the Boyle stories that we have read so far are they are ok. I like some of them better than others. Just about all of the stories we have read haven’t had a happy ending which is... more
    • TC Boyles Stories - Eldon Green, Fri Oct 26 11:13am
      Based on what we have read of the Boyles stories so far, I can say that I enjoy reading these stories. All of his stories have a little twist that makes it different from other stories. I like how he ... more
    • 10/26 Discussion - Ashlyn Eure, Fri Oct 26 9:17am
      I think that Boyle stories are somewhat depressing. All of them have negative endings and no one is ever happy. He reminds me a lot of Edger Allen Poe. He is very descriptive but in a negative way. I ... more
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