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Kari Wischnowsky
3/8 Discussion
Fri Mar 8, 2013 1:27pm
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I feel like the T.C. Boyle stories that we have read in class have been fairly interesting. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies when I get to choose what I want to read. I tend to be kind of indifferent when it comes to reading books and stories for English classes, simply because it feels like more like an assignment I am being made to do rather than something I am doing for enjoyment. That being said, I have not found the short stories that we have read by T.C. Boyle to be all that bad. He sees things from a very unique and creative perspective that makes his writings entertaining to read and it’s interesting to try to figure out the messages he aims to portray in his stories. The fact that the stories are so short is nice too because they are long enough to get a point across, but not so long that they are laborious and time consuming to read.
I would have to say that my favorite story we have read so far is “Big Game,” because I like the message behind it. Mike and Nicole Bender were a snooty, rich couple that came to visit Bernard Puff’s African Game Ranch so that they could kill and stuff animals to decorate their home with. None of the characters had any remorse for murdering the innocent animals. Mike only cared about boosting his ego and giving his wife every little thing she wanted, and Bernard was only concerned with getting them to spend the most money as possible during their stay. Boyle’s description of the elephant, Bessie, made her seem so old and helpless and miserable, that it was hard not to root for her when she attacked the three of them and killed the Benders. It was a story of karma- what goes around, comes around, and I like that because that is a motto I live by. I believe that if you do bad things, you have bad things coming to you.
My least favorite story was “Heart of a Champion,” because the ending was so messed up. It was funny to read Boyle’s take on Lassie because of his sarcasm and exaggeration, but it was just a little weird for my taste and I didn’t like how Lassie abandoned Timmy in his time of need to run off with the coyote. Even though that’s the way life goes a lot of times, it’s nice to maintain hope for fairy tale endings. I can’t think of any stories that I would especially like to read or discuss in class, but I do like stories like Boyle’s that leave you with some kind of idea to ponder.


  • 3/8 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Mar 7 9:48pm
    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
    • 3/8 Reply - Shelby Collins, Fri Mar 8 4:57pm
      T.C Boyle’s writing style has proved to be very unique and therefore often captures my attention. His stories often contain an interesting twist to throw an unexpected turn in the story that draw the ... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Grace Turner, Fri Mar 8 4:51pm
      My response to the TC Boyle stories we've read so far can be generally summed up with the words "pleasantly surprised." High school slightly poisoned me in the fact that I was forced to read so many... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Anna Maria Collins, Fri Mar 8 4:47pm
      My reaction to the TC Boyle stories is that they are well written, but that they have not been the most enjoyable stories to read. The author does not sugar coat anything that he writes or explains,... more
    • 3/8 discussion - Kayleigh Gaskill, Fri Mar 8 4:38pm
      Overall I have enjoyed reading the short stories from the TC Boyle book. He has a very different style about his writing. All the stories are odd and are kind of out there. Out of all of the stories... more
    • Response 3/8 - Haley Holland, Fri Mar 8 4:26pm
      I like the T.C. Boyle stories because they kind of have their own weird twist to things and you can never predict exactly what is going to happen at the end. There are surprising and twisted and... more
    • Re: 3/8 Discussion - Laura Whisler , Fri Mar 8 4:19pm
      My reactions to T.C. Boyle stories we’ve read so far have been sadness and strangeness. Boyle has a weird way with his stories; although they are good, the stories have issues since many are twisted... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Alyssa Hudson, Fri Mar 8 4:01pm
      With the T.C Boyle stories we have read so far, I have had many mixed emotions; happy, sad, disgusted, and also weirded out. I did not really like Boyle’s depiction of Lassie in his story “Heart of a ... more
    • 3/7 - Chandler Brown, Fri Mar 8 2:39pm
      So far I have enjoyed reading the TC Boyle stories because they are interesting and keep me on edge about what is going to happen next in the story. Even though he writes about strange events and odd ... more
    • Re: 3/8 Discussion - Jessica Ellington, Fri Mar 8 2:16pm
      While reading the TC Boyles stories, I have learned that I really enjoy them and agree with most of his depiction's on society. I mostly enjoyed how he did this in "Modern Love." This story was my... more
    • 3-8 Discussion - John Cameron Vaughn, Fri Mar 8 1:59pm
      My reaction to the TC Boyle stories I have read so far is that I really like them a lot actually. They are very funny and clever. I like their satirical and tongue in cheek manner that they possess.... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Krupa Shah, Fri Mar 8 1:37pm
      So far I have enjoyed TC Boyle’s stories. They have been satirical, sarcastic and plain honest. His writing style is very descriptive and to an extent reminds me of the descriptions in Fyodor... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Kari Wischnowsky, Fri Mar 8 1:27pm
    • reply - Brett Murch, Fri Mar 8 1:22pm
      The T.C. Boyle stories we have read so far have caught my interest. I realized that Boyle likes to make fun of all his characters and use sarcasm. In Big Game he makes fun of the rich real estate guy ... more
    • discussion 3/8 - Tayler Creech, Fri Mar 8 11:36am
      The TC Boyle stories have been unusual to say the least. They are very humorous and unpredictable, and sometimes disgusting. I do not particularly like them but most of the time they keep me guessing ... more
    • 3/8 Discussion - Ezekiel Reep, Fri Mar 8 11:15am
      Ah yes, Mr. Boyle’s stories have been exhilarating thus far and quite hilariously sexual. I have enjoyed each one of the assigned stories and have always liked reading these particular kinds –... more
    • 3/8 - Adam Tuck, Fri Mar 8 10:33am
      TC Boyle's unique style if writing has surprised me with a new take on story telling. The sarcastic and dry humor is done especially well and keeps me hooked into the story. I am appreciative of the... more
    • Boyle - Ally Pinto, Fri Mar 8 9:30am
      Compared to the books we had to read in high school, Boyle's stories are way less miserable for sure. They are actually entertaining, sarcastic, and humorous. They are never too many pages which is... more
    • March 8 - Shawnice Rodriguez, Fri Mar 8 9:25am
      So far I have liked all the stories we have read from Boyler but particularly” Modern Love”. I like that in his own way he tells stories how there really are. In today’s society Hollywood paints a... more
    • Discussion 3/8 - Tina Brown, Fri Mar 8 9:22am
      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
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