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 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...more
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 companionsh ...more
However, nothing really pulled me in. The exception was the Wild Child, which of course was at the end of the book. Wild Child was moving and well written.
I bought this book in the discount books section and thought I'd give it a try, because the name and the subject sounded like something that would grab me and lure me in. It did not. It wasn't horrible, it wasn't great. It was OK.
I don't think I'll be going out of my way ...more
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 exc ...more
What struck me most about these stories was how often I wanted more ...more
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 ...more
È 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), che negli anni della Rivoluzione Francese cresce nei boschi dopo esservi stato abbandonato da sua madre all’età di cinque anni (ultimo di tredici figli – la madre gli taglia la gola, ma non ha ...more
"Sin Dollar" - A small-town doctor befriends a poverty-stricken young boy who is blessed and cursed with the inability to feel physica ...more
The first story, "Balto" seems like a perfect Junior Honors English research story (young tee ...more
I was put in mind a little of the story of - The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser - in that the reader is introduced to a feral child with no language, no education, no self-awareness, no shame, no family, and so on. The story - based on the early 19th ...more
The best story here is a short novella called "Wild Child" about a young boy found hiding in the woods in 18th century France, ...more
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 o ...more
But T.C. Boyle is a great storyteller and even more so when you listen to his audiobooks (all read by the author himself. I really appreciate audiobooks read by the author. It just seems so much more intimate that way.)
Snippets of short stories which took a bit for me to get used to because many of them seemed to lack a punchline sort of ending I was waiting for. Often times, I had to ask, ‘So what happened next ...more
For me, though, none of the stories in this set stuck out to me as mind-blowing. But all of them are pretty darn good.
Some f ...more