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Caitlin Halligan
3/8 Discussion
Fri Mar 8, 2013 9:36am
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Overall, I have really enjoyed the TC Boyle stories we have read so far for class. Boyle is a really great writer and his writing style is unique. I like how he makes you work for the story, and you have to sometimes read the stories twice to fully understand them and the characters. My favorite story we have read so far this year is “The Big Game” because of the strong personalities of each of the characters. The story really showed how selfish human beings can be, and the consequences of not backing down from a situation that is bigger than you (literally). I also really liked Bessie Bee and the details of her killing Mike Bender. Boyle did this in a way that wasn’t straight forwardly gory but in a way that the audience knew exactly what was happening and the passion and seriousness Bessie Bee was feeling. It is incredible how Boyle can give an animal such expression through writing.
My least favorite story we have read so far this year was “Modern Love”. Though it was definitely interesting, it was so weird. I couldn’t get past its oddness to really appreciate the story. Both the characters were ridiculous and I have a really hard time understanding germaphobes because I think they are completely irrational. I think most would agree that the part with the human body condoms was the strangest part of the story, and totally unexpected. I had to reread that part of the story a few times to make sure I understood that the body condom was actually happening. I didn’t even feel bad for the main character; he was just a loser trying to get it in and could have just gone to downtown Greenville instead. Seriously, I don’t feel like it would ever be necessary to stoop down to the level of body condom sex with a crazy bitch.
A story I would like to read and discuss in class is “Peace of Mind”. I randomly flipped to it one day and read it before class and thought it was pretty good. Unlike some of Boyle’s stories we have read, this one starts out fairly interesting and makes it easy to keep reading.

  • 3/8 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Mar 7 9:47pm
    What has your reaction been to the TC Boyle stories we've read so far? Which story have you liked most? Which have you liked least? Why? Are there any stories you've read that we haven't read in... more
    • Re: 3/8 Discussion - Brittney Wilhelm, Fri Mar 8 4:58pm
      At first glance when I received the Boyle book I was happy to see that each story was very short and that there was an entire section of the book entitled “Love”. To say the least, I should have not... more
    • discussion 3/8 - Taylor Morgan, Fri Mar 8 4:47pm
      T.C Boyle has some interesting stories. Reading them last semester I kind of got to understand his writing a little better but even then I am still usually confused after reading a story. Going over... more
    • Re: 3/8 Discussion - Gabriella Villalon , Fri Mar 8 4:36pm
      When buying this required textbook, I thought it was going to be like every other English text you are required to purchase, useless. Professors always tell students at the beginning of the semester... more
    • 3/8 Discussion Board - Dylan Traywick, Fri Mar 8 3:27pm
      To be completely honest I am not a big fan of T.C Boyle’s work. To me none of the books we have read make any sense to me as far as the point of the story. The only one that has made any sense to me... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Ashleigh Jarrell, Fri Mar 8 2:57pm
      In my opinion Boyle has a unique way of writing. Each of his stories are different and entertaining. We have read stories about a man and his family on vacation to a big game farm, a couple that is... more
    • 3/8 discussion - Iverly Delgadillo, Fri Mar 8 2:50pm
      The TC Boyle stories so far in this semester have been ok, some better than the others. The ones I liked I felt we're more interesting and easier to understand and follow them like "big game". Big... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Jessica Henries, Fri Mar 8 2:34pm
      When I first obtained my TC Boyle book, I didn’t think we would ever use the book in class. Now that we have read a few of the stories, I really enjoy my purchase. I love the way Boyle writes and... more
    • 3-8 - Kathryn Lanier, Fri Mar 8 12:39pm
      I think the stories were a little strange but they were not too bad. Boyle seems to know how to portray the themes presented in this book and the stories seem to range from serious to funny to sexual ... more
    • Re: 3/8 Discussion - Alicia Glover, Fri Mar 8 12:38pm
      My reaction to the TC Boyle stories was pretty usual. I liked reading them to a certain extent. Whenever we discuss the stories I always got a better understanding of the stories. A lot of the... more
    • 3/8 - Rachel Blihar, Fri Mar 8 12:35pm
      I’ve enjoyed reading the TC Boyle stories. I’ve been reading his stories since last semester in English 1100 so I’ve had a little time to get used to his writing. His style of writing interests me.... more
    • Discussion 3/8 - Taylor Jarrell, Fri Mar 8 12:24pm
      The T.C Boyle's stories have been very interesting and have been a lot more entertaining than most stories that I have read. Most of the time in English class if I am forced to read something it is... more
    • Discussion 3/8 - Ali Capri, Fri Mar 8 11:44am
      I did not take English 1100 here at ECU because I took it in high school, so I never had to read T.C. Boyle stories before. Some of my friends have had to read his stories though and they warned me... more
    • english discussion 3/8 - tyasia brown, Fri Mar 8 10:44am
      My reaction so far to the T.C. Boyle short stories so far is annoyed. They are all very confusing and or boring. The bad part is that I’m not that interested enough to care to figure them out. There... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Taylor Cabaniss, Fri Mar 8 10:39am
      My reaction to the TC Boyle stories we’ve read so far has been ambivalent. Some of the stories we have read I wonder how he came up with these plots. He is either insanely brilliant naturally or must ... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Alex Brink, Fri Mar 8 10:27am
      My favorite Boyle story so far is “Heart of a Champion.” I absolutely loved the story. I’ve been told by people that know me well say that I’m a sarcastic asshole, so the tone of the story completely ... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Amy Brey, Fri Mar 8 9:55am
      I am a little torn with the TC Boyle’s stories. While I find them interesting and witty, they can be, at times, be hard to follow. I appreciate the fact that he lightens them with humor and keeps... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Caitlin Halligan, Fri Mar 8 9:36am
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