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Gabriella Villalon
Re: 3/8 Discussion
Fri Mar 8, 2013 4:36pm
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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 to get these expensive books when more than half of the time, the student opens it once or twice, and then is done with it. I just don’t get it! But TC Boyle’s collection of short stories is different. I can honestly say not one story we have had to read for class has been boring or uninteresting.
For our first reading assignment, we were asked to read a selection of pages in the Bedford book. Well, I mistakenly forgot we had two books in the class, and read those same pages in the Boyle book and boy was I surprised at what I read. The story I accidently read, Modern Love, we eventually were assigned as a class to read, but upon reading the piece for the first time, we were only a couple of days in to class. So for my first real assignment in class, I was surprised to be reading about some germ phobic freak that likes has to have sex with a full body condom on. I understood the story a lot more when we went over it during class.
Boyle is a very descriptive writer and uses many cases of imagery, which I love. I can throw myself right into the story as if I was one of the characters. But at times, with all the extra details, I can get lost. You have to be a very active reader when going over his stories or you will miss out on many details. I like his style, but when reading Heart of a Champion, I definitely looked over some important details. And of course, that was the story we had our reading assignment on in class. I think that out of the story we have read, I liked Modern Love the most and Heart of a Champion. Modern love was extremely funny. My boyfriend calls my a hypochondriac sometimes, so I got a kick out of Breda’s obsession over foreign diseases. I liked Heart of a Champion least I think because I didn’t completely grasps the meaning of the story at first. I think I would have liked it a lot more if I grew up watching the TV show “Lassie” too.
As you guessed, I haven’t read any other of Boyle’s stories. But I honestly won’t mind in the future when we are assigned to read more.

  • 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
    • 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
      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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