Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading if the river was whiskey. Greasy lake if the river was whiskey without a hero t. In 16 short stories, the author filters a diverse cast of characters through his witty, relentless narrative voice. His short stories regularly appear in the major american magazines, including the new yorker, 10 harpers, 11 esquire, the atlantic monthly and playboy, as well as on. Tc boyle usc dana and david dornsife college of letters. He is a graduate of the university of iowa writers workshop and has taught at usc since 1978, when he. Boyle tears through the walls of contemporary society to reveal a world at once comic and tragi.
In the late 1990s, he began to drop the coraghessan from his name. Boyle s novels, budding prospects, descent of man, east is east, if the river was whiskey, riven rock, t. If the river was whiskey tc boyle if the river was whiskey charlie poole. You know that the best you can expect is to avoid the worst. Prix passion publishers prize, france, for best novel of the year, 1989 water music. If the river was whiskey provided to youtube by sony music entertainment if the river was whiskey charlie poole the north carolina. An anxious lover in modern love is spurned by his absurdly antiseptic girlfriend who insists on using body condoms. It was published in 1989 by viking, and it contains 16 stories. It concerns the life of stanley mccormick, a son of cyrus mccormick, inventor of the reaper, and stanleys devoted wife, katherine mccormick, daughter of wirt dexter, a prominent chicago lawyer. Boyle has published eight collections of short stories, including descent of man 1979, greasy lake 1985, if the river was whiskey 1989, and without a hero 1994.
Coraghessan now styles himself has gone back into recorded american history again, as he did in the road to wellville, for his characters and story, embroide. Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers all about if the river was whiskey by t. Jstor may 20 learn how and when to remove this template message. A version of timothy leary appears as a character, depicted as a blend of cheerfulness and manipulation. The pleasure of pure storytelling makes boyle s new collection of fiction a joy to read. If the river was whiskey, the third collection of short stories by t. The novel is about battle creeks most famous resident, dr. The stinging stories in his third collection, if the river was whiskey, aggressively take on broad social illsemotionally abused wives, fast track financiers, american consumerismwhile never letting go of the hilarious details of contemporary lifestyles. Coraghessan boyle is a wild and crazy place, where anything can happen. Stories contemporary american fiction paperback may 1, 1990 by t. Boyles third collection of short stories and my introduction to his writing.
It takes place during the harvard lsd experiments of the early 1960s. Isbn 0670832200 first edition, september 1, 1990 published by viking press paperback. His first book from 1979, descent of man, was a book of short stories. The author worlds end filters a diverse cast of characters through his witty, relentless narrative voice. A worddrunk writer who sees us too well by david raney pinning a label on t. If the river was whiskey is my third collection of short stories. Boyle s short stories continued to appear regularly in the new yorker, atlantic, harpers, and other publications, and were periodically assembled into volumes that included t. Boyles writing is supple, engaging, energetic, rich, and about seven more adjectives, all of them good. It is a semifictional historical adventure novel that is set in the late 18th and early 19th century. Outside looking in is a novel by american author t. He introduces us to a deathdefying stuntman who rides across the country strapped to the axle of a. His stories, collected in descent of man, greasy lake and if the river was whiskey, veered between the real and the fantastic, taking huge chances and nearly always paying off.
Spin doctors if the river was whiskey music video by spin doctors performing if the river was whiskey. He was accepted into the iowa writers workshop in 1972, and he received his doctorate in 19thcentury english literature from. Boyle is one of the best short story writers around today. Isbn 01401671 august 1, 1991 published by penguin books external links. Boyle has been developing a growing reputation among lovers of rich comic writing for his handful of previous stories and novels. C download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Coraghessan boyle is the author of twentyeight books of fiction, including, most recently, after the plague. It opens with an epigraph from italo calvinos if on a winters night a traveler.
Music video by spin doctors performing if the river was whiskey. Boyle stories, a 1998 title, and after the plague in 2001. Boyle tears through the walls of contemporary society to reveal a world at once comic and tragic, droll and horrific. John harvey kellogg, who invented cornflakes and a radical dietary treatment that forms the comic core of boyle s story. Boyle introduces us to a deathdefying stuntman who rides across the. He has also published nine collections of stories and was the recipient of the prestigious penmalmud award for excellence in the short story. If the river was whiskey hardcover may 24, 1989 by t.
Boyle discusses his book the road to wellville in a diner in battle creek, michigan. Coraghessan boyle illuminates a comic yet tragic world. Drop city, which was a finalist for the national book award, and the new york times bestseller the women. Stories contemporary american fiction 9780140119503.
Boyle is the author of thirteen novels, including worlds end, which won the 1987 penfaulkner award. About if the river was whiskey in sixteen stories, t. Boyle has published eight collections of short stories, including descent of man 1979, greasy lake 1985, if the river was whiskey 1989, and without a hero. Tc boyle distinguished professor emeritus of english and writer in residence emeritus. Pen center west literary prize, best short story collection of the year, 1989 if the river was whiskey. His short stories regularly appear in the major american magazines, including the new yorker, 10 harpers, 11 esquire, 12 the atlantic monthly and playboy, 14 as well as on the radio show, selected shorts. If the river was whiskey nytimes the new york times. Boyle 1989, hardcover at the best online prices at ebay. Boyle 1948 is an american author of novels and short story collections. The sale item is his sixth book and third collection. Boyle levels his satire at a number of familiar targets. A collection of stories includes such diverse themes as a deathdefying stunt man, a retired primatologist troubled by the civilized world, 1960s survivors stuck in that decade, and a freshlymarketed ayatollah.
The telegraph called boyle the undisputed master of what might be called. In his most recent novel worlds end, a garrulous epic that chronicled the fortunes of several generations of a single family, the barbaric new world of america spawned. From the winner of the 1987 penfaulkner award for worlds end comes this third collection of stories, most of which are as slick as the magazines in which they first appeared playboy, harpers, gq, etc. The stories in if the river was whiskey are for the most part short tales, many of them ironic or satiric, and with a touch of contemporary fable to them. But worlds end is one of those dramatic leaps forward that show an ac. Coraghessan boyle, tc boyle, the inner circle, the road to wellville, water music, wild child, without a hero, worlds. Stories contemporary american fiction kindle edition by boyle, t. Click to read more about if the river was whiskey by t. Coraghessan boyle is as hard as pronouncing his middle name. This compilation of short stories contains some of the most perfect gems that ive ever read. Boyle introduc, isbn 9780140119503 buy the if the river was whiskey. Professor boyle is the author of twentyone works of fiction.814 604 99 563 844 283 1006 194 741 1435 375 1279 1230 1086 937 826 766 667 543 346 1469 58 1323 226 155 33 690 1008 368