Without a hero: stories

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Penguin, May 17, 1995 - Fiction - 238 pages
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In his fourth collection of short stories, Boyle, showing fierce, comic wit and uncanny accuracy, zooms in on an astonishingly wide range of Americans, from the college football player who knows only defeat to the couple in search of the last toads on Earth to a real estate tycoon who takes his family on safari--in Bakerfield, California.

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A collection of short stories from the early career of TC Boyle. This was my bedside book which I ingested at a leisurely pace. Not too many stories stand out here, although they are all typically ... Read full review

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Some stories were much more compelling than others- some deserve three stars, and one or two deserve five. "The Fog Man" is excellent. Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Born in Peekskill, New York, Coraghessan Boyle originally chose to pursue a career in music. While pursuing his studies, however, he encountered the absurdist, antiheroic works of writers such as Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth. As a result, Boyle decided to pursue a literary career. Admired for his energetic language, his daring, and his invention, Boyle is considered by many critics to be among the great American humorists writing today. Crafting his novels and stories with a lexicon that has reminded readers of S. J. Perelman, Boyle tends to create bizarre situations out of the mundane. In "The Hector Quesadilla Story," published in Greasy Lake and Other Stories (1985), Boyle depicts an aging baseball player in a never-ending game; another tale, "Ike and Nina," relates an imaginary love affair between President Eisenhower and Nikita Khrushchev's wife. Like other postmodernists, Boyle mixes history with fantasy, high with low culture, to create a sometimes surrealistic stew. Early criticism of his work faulted Boyle for what some perceived as a superficial quality; more recent novels, however, such as World's End and East Is East reveal Boyle's development as a writer of rich, complex, hilarious worlds.

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