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jinseul kang
10/10 discussion
Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:24pm

When I found out there would be book reading in the class, I expected stories of the book to be classic such as those of Shakespeare. However the Boyle stories were so different, bold and eccentric that it made me feel weird, gross.

Story that most unlike anything I have read before is ‘The human fly’, Zoltan, main character also can be seen as heroic figure in some degree- not in the traditional way of course.
#Everybody. It seemed, wanted a piece of Zoltan.
The jerky figures move against a backdrop of greed and corruption, the Human Fly ascendant, incorruptible, climbing hand over hand to the top.#
In stories I have read before, heroes had admirable features; good-looking healthy body, handsome or beautiful, high moral standards, strong and invincible, cool personality. Whereas our little hero Zoltan was dirty, skinny, emaciated- As the story going, he looked nothing similar to ghost. He had this terrible fashion sense, he rumbled. Considering his behaviors for publicity, we can’t really related him to moral examples. In the end he died- contrast to invincible. Ultimately what he had done was not for some good of humanity but for own sake; desire to be famous, die. After all he was one human. He might be the most human-like hero I’ve ever seen.

‘Modern Love’ is a story I liked most. It was really interesting and different from any other love story I’ve read- it’s realistic. It let me re-think and lower my high expectation about love. Sometimes it’s good to see reality away from fantasy which ‘Notebook’, ‘Pretty woman’ display.
For another reason, I could easily get what his intention in writing regarding to the title ‘Modern love’. It sharply reflected contemporary love style; meaning-less, without deep emotion-fluid, empty.

My least liked story, ‘Carnal knowledge’. It was nothing. As eco-terrorist, things what Alena carried for animals, trees was nothing otherwise made problems worse. If I see only consequences, I can even see her as terrorist against eco not eco-terrorist. Jim’s love towards Alena was shallow, meaning-less. What he really wanted was her body, intercourse. The turkey independent operation eventually led them (turkey) to same destiny (killed by human). They didn’t save any things- What a waste. Jim soon got over Alena along with his fake eco enthusiasm. Image of the whole story, futility, was so strong that after I done reading it, I felt like ‘Did I just read something?’ it was vain, I didn’t like that.

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