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Ashleigh Jarrell
3/8 Discussion
Fri Mar 8, 2013 2:57pm
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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 in love but the woman is mysophobic (pathological fear of germs), and a dog that saves a boy from death multiple times. I generally like his subject matter but I am not a fan of his style of imagery. His Imagery is accurate and gets his points across but something about it doesn’t connect with me as a reader. Like the line from Modern Love , “I picked her up at seven, took her to Mee Grop, where she meticulously separated each sliver of meat from her Phat Thai, watched her down four bottles of Singha at three dollars per, and then gently stroked her balsam-smelling hair while she snoozed through The Terminator at the Circle Shopping Center theater” (Boyle 3). I did not connect with this opening sentence. The first line of a story should make the reader want to keep reading and this line does not. I did not like Modern Love. This story was about two people in love but Boyle went over the top with their distinctive relationship. I thought it was weird and unappealing; this was my least favorite. When I read the part about the body condom I just wanted to put the story down and stop reading. I understand Boyle was emphasizing the fact that she is paranoid about germs but that part was too bizarre for my liking. The end of the story was unsatisfying because she just disappeared. He finally got in touch with her and she wanted nothing to do with him. I think I missed the point of this story and that is why I don’t like is as much as other stories we read. I enjoyed the story “Heart of a Champion,” the most because it was written as a satire. This story made fun of Lassie and how ridiculous Boyle feels the story is. The boy is in dangerous situations every time he moves, and the dog always saves him. After saving the boy many times lassie then goes back to her natural instincts and runs off with the coyote. I enjoyed Boyle's unique viewpoint on the classic story.

  • 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
    • 3/8 discussion - Iverly Delgadillo, Fri Mar 8 2:50pm
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    • 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
      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... more
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