"[A] rollicking collection of...good, old-fashioned, funny- suspenseful-head shaking stories." -The New York Times
There may be no one better than T.C. Boyle at engaging, shocking, and ultimately gratifying readers while at the same time testing his characters' emotional and physical endurance. The fourteen new stories gathered here display both Boyle's astonishing range and his imaginative muscle. From "Wild Child," a retelling of the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running naked through the forests of Napoleonic France, to "La Conchita," the tale of a catastrophic mudslide that allows a cynic to reclaim his own humanity, these tales are by turns magical and moving, showcasing the mischievous humor and socially conscious sensibility that have made Boyle one of the foremost living masters of the short story.
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T. C. Boyle is the author of eleven novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/FaulknerAward), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and The Inner Circle. His most recent story collections are Tooth and Claw and The Human Fly and Other Stories.
Superlative author T.C. Boyle is also an excellent reader of his own work. His voice is purely American West--flat-voweled , pleasantly modulated, with a hint of a baritone growl. He reads without vocal flourish, but with an intensity that captures the listener and won't let go. It's pell-mell without being rushed; urgent but not desperate; entirely articulate. And such stories. The fate of a boy who cannot feel pain; the way in which a California mudslide can save a soul; a girl who may or may not lie for her father. Stories that feel simultaneously quotidian and mythic. My only quibble is that the pauses between stories hardly leave time for a breath (or a reflection). No matter. This is a mesmerizing audiobook experience. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Buchbeschreibung Penguin LCC US Feb 2011, 2011. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - In the title story of this collection, Boyle has created a vivid and original retelling of the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running through the forests of Napoleonic France. The tale is a powerful investigation of what it means to be human. 304 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780143118640