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Grün ist die Hoffnung

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,838 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
»An jenem Abend - es war Ende Februar - war ich zu Hause geblieben ... In meiner Kindheit gab es nichts, was auf eine Verbrecherkarriere hingewiesen hätte ... Dennoch fuhr ich, zwei Stunden nach Vogelsangs Besuch, nach Lake Tahoe, um die ersten unwiderruflichen Schritte auf die schiefe Bahn zu setzen.«

Ein Jahr lang wollen ein CIA-Agent, ein Botaniker und ein Alt-Hippie in
Paperback, 442 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. (first published 1984)
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Tiffoknee the 3rd Conner
A man I used to have sex with in California recommended this book to me. One sublime post-coital morning I noticed that his bookshelves were well populated with Boyle's books. I told the man that I'd never read any of Boyle's work.

"Here," the man said. "Start with this one."

At first I thought he'd given me the book because he knew I was an avid pot smoker. But then I grew hopeful that he meant for the book to have some symbolic meaning. As in, our pairing was its own "budding prospect." That w
The narrative voice of this novel is so playful that I read most sentences with a smile on my face. At the end of each paragraph I’d have to stop and massage my aching sides and wipe tears of laughter from my eyes. I’ve heard that Boyle’s tone has become darker and more cynical over the years. I am interested in these darker books and will read some of them soon. But, as an introduction to his style, I am glad that I started with one of first books. Pure, delightful comedy. It’s going on the fav ...more
Jun 01, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, crime-noir
Probably read this more than a dozen times now, still one of my all-time favorite books. Don't let the pastoral part of the title fool you. These guys are farming pot. It's crime. Also picaresque. Maximalist word-play.
May 27, 2008 Jmoscari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though, at its base, the novel may seem like a simple story about the misadventures of a group of guys who get caught-up in a pot growing scheme, it quickly becomes apparent that so much more is at work here. Felix's quirky and often hyperbolic first person narration gives the story a mock-epic feel, which, first, makes for some hilarious situations and, second, creates an interesting critique of how we view the problems we face, especially in comparison to how those problems play out in the gra ...more
Jan 14, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all of my chippies
Recommended to Josh by: Tom DeSavia
So 5 stars may seem a little on the chubby-side for a book that is more like an Elmore Leonard/Carl Hiassen-style light-hearted adventure tale, but I had never read a TC Boyle book before, and I haven't been this "into" a book in a really long time. I read the vast majority of it in about 4 days, and then moved, lost it in a box of stuff, became generally disinterested in reading for about a week or 2, then finished it! The writing is beautiful, the characters/situations relatively relatable, an ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought if Prop 19 passed, this would be a quaint reminder of the bygone days of prohibition, but since Prop 19 didn't pass, this book may serve as a field guide, cautionary tale, and call to arms for DIY 420ers. A pastoral set in 1970s California about a dude who never finishes anything who goes in with two buddies to solve all his woes by making a big killing clandestinely raising a crop of pot in the mountains of NoCal. As with most Boyle novels, anything that can go wrong for the narrator ...more
Dec 16, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 26, 2008 Trenton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an enormously entertaining story of a self-styled quitter who finally sees something through the end, an illegal and hapless get-rich-quick scheme. The writing is sharp, clever and very, very funny. After reading just this book, I'm now a fan of T.C. Boyle. I should have read this a long time ago when Keith told me to.
Karen Frasier
Stuck about half way thorough. I don't care anough about the characters or the events to bother to finish. But it gets 2 stars instead of 1 because Boyle is a good writer. Just not good enough to get me interested in these losers and their dope farm.
Jul 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring and obvious. Boyle's worst. I had to force myself to finish. I just didn't care about these characters.
Dec 18, 2008 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this wacky story about a bunch of lovable losers trying to make their fortune growing pot in northern California (Humboldt?). Very funny.
Jan 03, 2017 Sabine rated it it was amazing
Feb 02, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant writing, exceptionally entertaining, a plot best described as "if it can go wrong it will" and a familiar setting to me, Northern Calif. You gotta love T.C. Boyle's way of telling a story!
Mar 20, 2017 Sofie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boyle has the most vivid and creative metaphores and similies. His language alone is worth the read!
Jürgen Zeller
Feb 14, 2016 Jürgen Zeller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die letzten beiden Romane von T. C. Boyle (San Miguel und Hart auf Hart) habe ich auf anraten von kritischen Lesern in meinem persönlichen Umfeld ausgelassen. Nicht oder nur bedingt empfehlenswert seien die beiden neuesten Romane des amerikanischen Erfolgsschriftstellers. Erfreut nahm ich irgendwann im Winter zur Kenntnis, dass der Hanser Verlag Boyles zweiten Roman aus dem Jahre 1984 von Dirk van Gunsteren neu hat übersetzen lassen und in schöner Hardcover Ausgabe Anfang Februar auf den Markt g ...more
Jeremy Zerbe
For a long time, I've wanted to read a book by T.C. Boyle. He's a pretty respected guy in the world of literature, and his work has even produced the wonderfully clever 1994 film, The Road to Wellville. So when I was in one of my Frenzies last summer, I finally picked up what sounded like the most interesting of his novels, Budding Prospects, advertised on the back cover as something of a slapstick adventure of three friends trying to make a half-million dollars from growing pot in the woods of ...more
Jillian Fischer
Jun 30, 2016 Jillian Fischer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I have a difficult time reviewing T.C. Boyle's books. First of all, I'm pretty good at expressing myself & my experiences in writing, & often find myself reading a novel & thinking, "I could have written that!" But occasionally I come across a writer--Robert Penn Warren ("All the King's Men), Thomas Wolfe ("You Can't Go Home Again"), Carson McCullers ("The Heart is a Lonely Hunter") & now, T.C. Boyle--whose writing is so far above 99% of the truly excellent writing out ...more
May 20, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came into this book not expecting to like it, given the subject matter, but that's one of the things I love about being in a Bookclub, I'm exposed to books outside of the normal scope of what I would seek out. First and foremost, I think TC Boyle is a talented writer, the King of figurative language, every scene left a clear image in my mind. I found myself rereading lines, and savoring them. His characters are three-dimensional, and leap off the page in all of their quirks and oddities, they ...more
Einen ganzen Sommer über mühen drei Hippies sich ab und bauen in den Hügeln nördlich von San Francisco Marihuana an, um endlich an das große Geld zu kommen. Der Botaniker, der sie dabei beraten soll, lässt sich bald nicht mehr blicken, denn er hat das Projekt als Misserfolg abgeschrieben. Nur der Initiator, dem das Grundstück gehört, bleibt bis zum Schluss zuversichtlich ...
Das ist der Hintergrund von T.C.Boyles Klassiker, der mit viel Humor, außergewöhnlicher Fabulierlust und Freude an ausgefal
Dec 07, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked The Harder They Come so much that I thought I should look back on some early efforts, and I found that I had acquired a new copy of Budding Prospects and had not re-read it yet. It certainly had the propulsive stylistic energy that I remember (and that he still has, by and large), but aside from the darkly comic story, it had no particular resonance. There were no themes lurking under the text (except for the old beware of get-rich-quick schemes) and aside from the narrator, Volgelsang, ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Kent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. I read enough of this to be satisfied. This was a pretty thin story, but he fattens up the book at literally every opportunity. I don't mind a writer exercising their vocabulary, especially when it really works, but I can't stand witnessing a writer's masturbatory language burnout. Boyle is ridiculous. And it isn't charming and poetic like Tom Robbins; it's just kind if gross and definitely annoying and awful, awful snobbish in the most I-want-to-serve-you-an-open-face-f-you-sandwich ...more
Geoffrey Benn
Mar 30, 2013 Geoffrey Benn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The second of TC Boyle’s novels, Budding Prospects, follows a group of thirty-something degenerates from Northern California as they attempt to grow 1000 pounds of high grade pot in the woods of Mendecino county. With the guidance of a Yale degreed botanist and the financial backing of the sketchy Vogelsang, Felix (narrator), Phil, and Gesh spend a summer in a rundown cabin trying to grow a large crop of pot while avoiding trouble with the police and locals. Numerous setbacks turn their labor in ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Katrin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felix, a guy who currently doesn't do much, suddenly gets the opportunity to earn half a million dollars: Vogelsang, an entrepreneur acquaintance of his, wants to set up an illegal cannabis plantation and needs help tending the plants. So together with two friends, Felix moves up into the mountains for a few months to tend to the fields. But of course, nothing works as it should. Mistakes are made, and Felix and his friends have to admit they might have been too naive about the whole thing ...
Sep 04, 2015 Chuck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a major disappointment. While Boyle is a clever writer and several scenes packed some real humor these facets didn't come close to compensating for the shallow characters, poor plot development, and inconsistent story. Particularly galling was the fact that (spoiler alert!) the antagonist, Officer Jerpbak of the California Highway Patrol, was written out of the book in an off-stage incident rather than through a direct confrontation. That, along with the implausibly neat-and-tidy c ...more
David Ward
Budding Prospects: A Pastoral by T. Coraghessan Boyle (Viking Press 1984) (Fiction). The premise of this exciting novel is that our protagonist decides to throw in with a couple of buddies and raise a huge outdoor marijuana crop. Our happy farmers are beginners; the “grows” of most beginners underperform because of the growers' mistakes and inexperience. In addition, by the standards of 2015, the grow methods employed in 1984 were quite primitive. Our three guys expect to realize a profit of $50 ...more
Bob Martin
A humor novel of wacky adventure that wasn't very funny about characters I didn't care about. I felt like it was going for a Carl Hiasson type of thing, but swung and missed. Maybe his other books are a lot better.

A 30 year old in San Francisco man, sort of an overgrown teenager, is approached by a friend to spend nine months at a remote location in northern California to grow a crop of high-grade marijuana and make a lot easy money. One thing after another goes wrong. Really, it really needed t
Val Wilkerson
Feb 09, 2016 Val Wilkerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books-read
I am a big fan of T.C. Boyle. The ending of this book made the entire story worthwhile for me.....its about a group of friends who are approached by another friend to spend time on the property he has acquired in Northern California to grow a large crop of marijuana, and its is indicated that they will make a good deal of money on less then a year's time. They are in. They had not quite realized how much work was in front of them, how they would need to stay up in the not so modern cabin and avo ...more
Malcolm Frawley
Jul 31, 2015 Malcolm Frawley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I had already consumed a dozen of Boyle's books - he is one of my favourite contemporary authors - but had somehow missed this early (1984) work. It's up there amongst his best. A great story-teller, Boyle takes us from germination to harvest of a marijuana crop planted in the certainty that it will make all participants in the scheme wealthy beyond imagining. Brilliantly-drawn characters kept me engaged throughout & the inevitable looming disaster is masterfully handled. A prolific & gi ...more
Lori Ide
I've read probably ten books by Boyle and this one did not disappoint. Published in 1984, it seemed timely today. Having grown up in Northern California, it was fun to read about places I'm familiar with--Willits, Cloverdale, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Tahoe.

Catastrophe after catastrophe befall three friends trying to make a tidy sum by planting, growing, and harvesting a thousand pot plants. This is a well-written story, witty, with characters that you give a dang about. A must read if you are
Laura Foti
Jan 14, 2015 Laura Foti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God, I loved this book! It's almost impossible to believe it is 30 years old - it reads like a documentary of what's going on right now, not just in Mendocino county but all over California and a number of other states as "budding" entrepreneurs chase weed riches. The characters were so vivid, so believable, I felt as though they were standing in my kitchen, filthy and frustrated, their dream turning into a nightmare. The richness of Boyle's language and the acuity of his portrayals just slayed ...more
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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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