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Tooth and Claw and Other Stories by T.C. Boyle
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Aug 11, 09

Read in August, 2009

I enjoyed spending time in Boyle's world, just as I did when I read The Tortilla Curtain a while back, but I don't know if these stories really affected me the way the novel did. Someone else mentioned "Dogology" as a highlight, and I'd have to concur. That same person mentioned disliking "The Doubtfulness of Water" as a low point, and I'd have to agree there as well.

What Boyle does well here is create real protagonists--understandable, sympathetic (sometimes pathetic), and almost tactile. What he doesn't do is give the reader (or at least me) some sense that the events mean anything to the protagonists. Less plot arc and more plot line.

Still, these stories are so well written, the collection certainly isn't a waste of time.
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