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The Collected Stories of T.Coraghessan Boyle

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T. Coraghessan Boyle is regarded as one of America's greatest living short-story writers. This publication brings together the three collections:

- Descent of Man (1979)
- Greasy Lake (1985)
- If the River was Whiskey (1989)

Trade Paperback, 621 pages
Published July 3rd 1998 by Granta Books (first published July 1993)
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Eileen Iciek
Feb 01, 2014 Eileen Iciek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T.C. Boyle's writing is exuberant, humorous and full of irony. This collection of of his short stories was broken into 3 parts, Love, Death and What Comes Between. The love stories had their wilder elements, including an Elvis impersonator, a restaurant just for women, and an amusing one of the author going on a date with Jane Austen. I started the death stories, but they often evolved into grimmer, more macabre tales which, unfortunately, were not to my taste and I stopped reading.

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Derek Bridge
Feb 19, 2012 Derek Bridge rated it really liked it
A collection of three collections of Boyle's short stories: Descent of Man, Greasy Lake, & If The River Was Whiskey. I've noted elsewhere that I'm not great fan of the short story form, preferring the novel. But anything by Boyle is irresistable.

With so many stories here, there will be some that won't appeal, but there are some gems too. My favourite is The Champ: Boyle at his descriptive best, a lip-smacking account of an extreme eating competition. But there are many other pleasures in th
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Bryan
Jan 24, 2008 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Granted, there's a sameness about these several dozen stories; namely, a hip and knowing author marshalling each protag. toward certain doom. But, god almighty, what darkly brilliant descents. The guy is a master of the close third person. In the best stories, Boyle channels his characters with the authenticity of a method actor.
Lidia
Aug 22, 2015 Lidia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done-reading
I read Boyls's story Sorry Fugu more than 20 years ago in Harper's and never forgot it. His ability to bring the physical world to life, no matter how bizarre or wicked, is something amazing. I don't think I've ever run across a writer as rich in imagination and vivid as Boyle. I'm looking forward to reading his second collection. (I didn't give this colleciton 5 stars because it has something like 60 stories and of course there are some that I didn't find as good as the best. I'm always reserve ...more
Gary
Jun 07, 2014 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read most of the second volume. terrifically entertaining.
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T. Coraghessan Boyle (also known as T.C. Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948) is a U.S. novelist and short story writer. Since the late 1970s, he has published eleven novels and more than 60 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his third novel, World's End, which recounts 300 years in upstate New York. He is married with three children. Boyle has been a Distinguis ...more
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