Descent of man: stories

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Penguin Books, 1987 - Fiction - 219 pages
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A mad, hilarious collection of short stories, wherein Boyle offers his unique view of dictators, animals, scientists, explorers, collectors, teetotalers, and others.

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User Review  - Adom Hartell - Goodreads

Reading this book I kept deciding I didn't like it, only to reach a story that won me back. The stories I liked most were Bloodfall, The Second Swimming, The Big Garage, and Green Hell. A few of The Extinction Tales were compact and poignant. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

A collection of stories -- some darkly humorous, some just dark, and some just humorous, by a very clever writer I recognized as the author of the book made into the movie "The road to Wellville." The ... Read full review


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About the author (1987)

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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