Wild Child and Other Stories (2020)

Wild Child and Other Stories T.C. Boyle Wild Child and Other Stories A superb new collection from a writer who can take you anywhere The New York Times In the title story of this rich new collection T C Boyle has created so vivid and original a retelling of the story
  • Title: Wild Child and Other Stories
  • Author: T.C. Boyle
  • ISBN: 9780670021420
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
Wild Child and Other Stories T.C. Boyle A superb new collection from a writer who can take you anywhere The New York Times In the title story of this rich new collection, T.C Boyle has created so vivid and original a retelling of the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running naked through the forests of Napoleonic France, that it becomes not just new but definitive yes, this is how it mustA superb new collection from a writer who can take you anywhere The New York Times In the title story of this rich new collection, T.C Boyle has created so vivid and original a retelling of the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running naked through the forests of Napoleonic France, that it becomes not just new but definitive yes, this is how it must have been The tale is by turns magical and moving, a powerful investigation of what it means to be human There is perhaps no one better than T.C Boyle at engaging, shocking, and ultimately gratifying his readers while at the same time testing his characters emotional and physical endurance The fourteen stories gathered here display both Boyle s astonishing range and his imaginative muscle Nature is the dominant player in many of these stories, whether in the form of the catastrophic mudslide that allows a cynic to reclaim his own humanity La Conchita or the wind driven fires that howl through a high California canyon Ash Monday Other tales range from the drama of a man who spins Homeric lies in order to stop going to work, to that of a young woman who must babysit for a 250,000 cloned Afghan and the sad comedy of a child born to Mexican street vendors who is unable to feel pain Brilliant, incisive, and always entertaining, Boyle s short stories showcase the mischievous humor and socially conscious sensibility that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
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  1. Rebecca Foster

    Each story in Wild Child is assured, in your face, and perfectly executed Boyle is a master of the genre The stories are so deep and insightful that I could imagine any one of them being extended into a full length, absorbing novel His themes seem peculiarly contemporary and American very much of their place and time, but not as if that is a limitation With the exception of two stories, this is California incarnate immigrants, people of Asian and Latino descent, sushi, coastal and island scenery [...]

  2. Orsodimondo

    LA BESTIA MISTERIOSA storia nota quella che in questa edizione italiana viene spacciata come romanzo breve si tratta della vera vicenda di Victor, il ragazzo selvaggio dell Aveyron regione di grandi formaggi, non altrettanto di vini ma al vino le foreste dell Aveyron forniscono il legno per le botti Durante la Rivoluzione Francese, il bambino cresce nei boschi dopo esservi stato abbandonato da sua madre all et di cinque anni ultimo di tredici figli la donna gli taglia la gola, ma non ha forza e [...]

  3. Bastet

    El ego smo del ser humano no tiene l mites cuando su nico anhelo es el reconocimiento y la adulaci n Parad jicamente, lo que hacen con el ni o asilvestrado es inhumano, por mucho que sus sucesivos tutores un tintorero, un comisionado, dos abades y un m dico aseguren que lo est n humanizando lo encierran en un armario cuando ellos consideran que se ha comportado mal, a veces sin ning n motivo lo cuelgan de los tobillos a cinco pisos de altura para que escarmiente no le dejan aliviarse sexualmente [...]

  4. A.M.

    This is my first taste of TC Boyle s writing and I have to admit to being impressed by his style, his unusual imagery and turns of phrase that capture the imagination.It s difficult to sum up an anthology containing so many short stories 14, to be precise, each fairly lengthy , but many of these contain vivid, very human and ultimately flawed characters there is a sense of disillusion, loneliness, and of the compromises we make with ourselves in order to find some sort of love or companionship.B [...]

  5. Beth

    This collection of stories deftly tackles the main literary conflicts in such a brilliant way man v man, society, self, and nature Boyle s style is always on the mark and oftentimes deadpan funny Though I wasn t happy with how some of the individual stories ended, the final story, Wild Child, nearly took my breath away in how it surprisingly pulled the entire collection together If I were still teaching HS English, I would want to assign this, though there are some sex scenes that might not make [...]

  6. Dominick

    Another masterful collection of short stories by one of the form s best current practitioners This collections hits many of Boyle s thematic sweet spots, including the troubling relationship between humans and nature, explored in the very strong and historically based title story, about a feral child and the frustrating and ultimately failed efforts to reclaim him into the human world Most of the rest of the stories are comparably strong One or two, perhaps, don t fully work, but most do The res [...]

  7. Alisa

    Few writers can achieve the consistency in voice and poignance that T.C Boyle does Though his rhythms and pacing can begin to repeat when reading an entire collection, I never tire of them I will always go back for This collection in particular is a meaty, juicy thing, filled with visceral, sometimes horrifying things Thirteen Hundred Rats , which I read to freak myself out and Wild Child , the novella about a feral boy in medieval France people in complicated situations whose behavior complica [...]

  8. Lacey N.

    Yes, it s absolutely true T.C Boyle is a master of the short story In Balto, a young girl is asked to lie in court for her alcoholic father, even as she matures into her own, powerful self in Sin Dolor, a young boy living in squalor marvels a community including its detached doctor by his absence of feeling physical pain in Anacapa, the only story not previously anthologized, the narrator discovers what he most needs even as he fades away The title story, Wild Child, is a novella that chronicle [...]

  9. Michael DelMuro

    Wild Child is not TC Boyle s best collection of short fiction Far too often, the stories seemed unsatisfying I m not talking about the quality the writing is superb rather the feeling of completeness that stories in some of his other collections possessed That said, Wild Child possesses some gems, specifically Balto, a story about a child whose father asks her to lie for him in court La Conchita, which is about an organ delivery man forced to play hero during a horrific mudslide is excellent as [...]

  10. J

    ugh i just don t like short story collections i keep trying, but no it s like me and radiohead i will admit, however, that i started reading this under false assumptions that this was a a classic and b semi autobiographical of the author s childhood , but i pretty quickly amended my expectations still, i just didn t like it i can t even explain myself i won t think less of anyone who does like this book, but i really disliked it.

  11. Cdrueallen

    The stories in WILD CHILD confirmed my suspicion that T.C Boyle is the most interesting fiction writer working in the U.S today I won t say North America, as Canada has Atwood and Munro, but Boyle is clearly in their all star league He wasn t always one of my favorites His earlier stories were too white and male for me But he steadily widened his point of view and improved his always impressive technical abilities until he was able to produce what I consider one of the finest novels of the past [...]

  12. Lars Guthrie

    In one of those weird confluences of coincidences, I was traveling west on the Pacific Coast Highway with my mother and father and sister towards Santa Barbara home of T.C Boyle At La Conchita, traffic suddenly jammed up, and we just squeezed past a serious accident, a small pickup loaded with white sacks of something soft, now scattered across the highway, its cab flattened nearly below the load bed, an SUV turned toward oncoming cars, horn blaring, onlookers rushing to help, already talking to [...]

  13. Sridhar

    Until I read T C Boyle, I don t think I had encountered another fiction writer who takes a sensitive consciousness of nature, ecology, and environment, and blends it intricately with an understanding of people and of humanity His stories are well written, well told, too as I heard him read The Lie , a story in this book As a fiction writer, Boyle deftly uses stories to explore human dimensions of environmental issues and activism, by going into the lives of activists as well as the people they a [...]

  14. Denise

    Wild Child is T.C Boyle s latest collection of short stories The majority of these stories are about the chaos that nature injects in everyday, orderly life and how that chaos changes people Mudslides, escaped tigers, thousands of rats, and feral boys all rampage across these pages challenging people and changing them There is a tinge of magical realism in some of the stories, plenty of tragedy, and even a sprinkling of hope.What struck me most about these stories was how often I wanted of the [...]

  15. Lynn Pribus

    Downloaded from library and it is NOT Wild Child and Other Stories Just Wild Child Interesting enough and ultimately very sad about a French boy about 5 y.o in the 1700s who is taken to a woods by his mother who just had too many children She cuts his throat, but not fatally and he survives as a feral child until he is captured when he is about 12.Some people try hard to tame and educate him, but learn that certain aspects of humanity must be mastered by an early age or the maturing brain moves [...]

  16. Micayla Eddy

    I was not familiar with Boyle prior to reading Wild Child I enjoyed his writing style, very eloquent and most of the time it worked to keep me immersed in the story at hand That being said, I felt only a few of the stories in this novel really captured my attention Balto notably being one of those Otherwise, it was background noise for me and I lost interest quickly.

  17. Lois

    T.C.Boyle is a master of the short story with an incredible variety of characters, locales, plots Satisfying in every way, especially the unforgettable title story.

  18. Richard Barager

    Rather than give a general review of the entire collection, I will instead review a single story from this work a moving piece called Sin Dolor Without Pain the tenor and quality of which is representative of the entire group.T C Boyle is a luminary of American literature, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and a Distinguished Professor of English at USC In 2009 he was inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Letters, considered the highest formal recognition of artistic [...]

  19. Celia

    I haven t read a collection of short stories in a while, and I thought it would be a nice change T.C Boyle is advertised as the writer who can take you anywhere, and he sure did This was a crazy mix of stories, ranging in location from California to Venezuela, and even to France during the early 1800 s So, it was a novelty to get involved in a story, and have it end so abruptly One of the funniest ones was called The Lie, and it had me saying, Oh my God, he s not going there , as a millennial tr [...]

  20. Mashu Wezasu

    It s interesting to see some of Boyle s common themes continue to pop up in slightly varied situations climate change in SoCal, with its extreme and disastrous swings human nature and its mis guided ambitions heavily peppered with ironic self delusion, egocentrism, short sightedness failed attempts of humans to achieve satisfying successful relationships to other animals as owners, breeders, tamers, etc alcohol and its excessive abuse specifically as a means to oblivion release escape floating , [...]

  21. Shelley

    to be fair, i don t like short story collections they re too brief and usually too contrived not this oh my god each story is a little world this is my first introduction to TC Boyle and i m not sure how i ve managed to get this old and have not read him before not the first book i ll read, for sure he writes about despair, alcohol, face lifts, mistakes, loneliness, delivering a human liver for transplant in the trunk of your car, and feral children you finish one story, you say i ll just read t [...]

  22. Shanoe

    Wow that s the first time I ve read something by T.C Boyle and I really liked it The texts are really dense and I m afraid I didn t get all the hints and allusions It took quite long to read the whole anthology, I just couldn t read than two short stories one after the other, because I had to digest them That s not a bad thing, it just means that this was no easy lecture for me And what s really suprising it didn t turn me off, quite the contrary My favourite story was Sin dolor.

  23. Larry Bassett

    I listened to the audible version of this book which was read by the author himself I consider it an asset to listen to an author read his or her own work Many of the characters are quite odd and as a result enjoyable in a strange way.My least favorite of the stories is the one after which the book is named Wild Child the long story of a feral boy I give that story two stars whereas most of the other stories are four stars Thus overall the book gets three stars.

  24. Maygin Reads

    T.C Boyle is an amazing writer who uses language to great effect He truly is a literary master However, these stories seemed to reflect the sexism and racism that is an undercurrent in society Maybe I have simply been reading too many authors who challenge these worldviews, but there were times, for the first time with this author, I was quite disappointed with his depiction, even though it was well said.

  25. LK Hunsaker

    A nice collection of literary short stories, somewhat heavy, very well written, but often they felt like the beginning of a story and I found myself thinking, Okay, and then This does seem to be the current short story trend, but I feel like they re like scenes than stories Still, a good read, enough that I may look for a full novel by the author.

  26. Janice Horning

    These short stories were finely written, demonstrating frailties and failings of characters that elicited compassion combined with sadness.Not a cheerful book, but.a very good read if you enjoy the craft of deeply descriptive writing

  27. Noshin Rahman

    I finished the first two stories, but I lost interest after It s just that that author s writing style bothered me, it felt as if the impact of each story was muffled because of all the unnecessary description that was added in.

  28. Tom II

    This was an entertaining collection of short stories However, I will say, a lot of the stories ended upruptly and on disconcerting or sad notes Listened to as a book on tape.

  29. Ola Hol

    Some stories are excellent others simply good Moving, have the power to make one snap out of the stability and comfort of one own s presumptions.

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