The first time Bridger saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night the ...more
The ‘heroine’ of this book, Dana Halter, is deaf. Her identity is stolen by one William ‘Peck’ Wilson, resulting in great trauma for her when she is pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Wilson has a string of violations under the name Dana Halter and she is arrested, remanded in custody, ...more
Talk Talk is supposed to be a thriller, Ok? And I'm all right with an author playing around with the conventions of a genre, but only when it's cool and fresh and doesn't ...more
Entertainment. Di classe.
Di quello che sarebbe potuto piacere a Graham Greene, che di entertainment s’intendeva assai.
Thriller. Di classe.
Non come quelli che hanno frasi che durano mezzo rigo, più punti che parole.
TC Boyle sa come scrivere una frase, renderla composita, farla durare quel tanto che basta ad ammaliare senza confondere.
Eppure TC Boyle irride il suo editore che reclamizzava questo romanzo come thriller: Non so se ho scritto un thriller. Non leggo mai thriller perché mi ann ...more
"Talk Talk" by TC Boyle is a welcome exception.
It opens with Dana Hartley, a deaf woman who is late for a de ...more
Whenever I suspended my disbelief for five minutes, a puppet string would be left showing ...more
As to the fact that one of the protagonists is deaf ... I think the characterization of Dana is so strong, that I'm not sure it really *is* about her deafness, really. I mean, there are moments when one appreciates her "otherness" (for me, as ...more
The victim, Dr. Dana Halter, is a fiercely independent deaf woman who teaches literature, a Type-A personality determined to control her own destiny. When she's stopped for running a red light, the police discover she's wanted ...more
Talk Talk is kind of different for Boyle. It's a thriller actually. All the ...more
In his 18th book of fiction, T. C. Boyle wildly impresses some critics (as he often does) but leaves a few critics wanting more. The slick, page-turning plot becomes "sadly undermined by a forced, slap-dash ending that feels as if it had been grafted on at the last minute" (New York Times). That aside, Boyle's first entry in the suspense genre is a welcome addition that showcases his rich characterizations and high-flying prose. In Talk Talk, the ease of assuming a new identity appears frighten...more
I listened to this on an audio book read by the author and that was a
plus because he seemed to be reading it exactly as he wrote it and
wanted it to be read. The style and delivery were sort of choppy and clipped as If there was no time to spare in the telling . I liked his descriptions of the people and their surroundings.
I would have liked the book more if I had liked Dana (the
real Dana not the imposter). Yes, she is deaf and probably has good
reason to have a chip on her shoulder, but she com ...more
On a surface level, I enjoyed this book, but I did have difficulty believing aspects of the storyline which took away from the experiene.
Ganz T.C.-untypisch wirft der Autor den Leser sofort direkt in die Geschichte, bereits auf der ersten Seite passiert wesentliches, und das Tempo der Story reisst bis zum Schuss nicht ab. Das ist nicht das typische episch breite Herumgelabere des Autors, und dieser neue Stil hat mich außerordentlich begeistert. Auch das Thema des Romans - Identitätsdiebstahl - ist br ...more
Impersonation/Identity theft are themes that have been mostly used in crime/spy fiction. The reason could be that in earlier days it happened only when serious crime and a lot of planning was involved and hence it was something that seemed to happen only in novels and very rarely did we get to hear about it happening in real life to someone we knew. So we never got to know the actual ramifications of the identity theft other than that the affected person caught the perpetrator and brought him be ...more