East Is East

East Is East

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by T. C. Boyle
     
 

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Young Japanese seaman Hiro Tanaka, inspired by dreams of the City of Brotherly Love and trained in the ways of the samurai, jumps ship off the coast of Georgia and swims into a net of rabid rednecks, genteel ladies, descendants of slaves, and the denizens of an artists' colony. In the hands of T. Coraghessan Boyle, praised by Digby Diehl in Playboy

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Young Japanese seaman Hiro Tanaka, inspired by dreams of the City of Brotherly Love and trained in the ways of the samurai, jumps ship off the coast of Georgia and swims into a net of rabid rednecks, genteel ladies, descendants of slaves, and the denizens of an artists' colony. In the hands of T. Coraghessan Boyle, praised by Digby Diehl in Playboy as "one of the most exciting young fiction writers in America," the result is a sexy, hilarious tragicomedy of thwarted expectations and mistaken identity, love, jealousy, and betrayal.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Offspring of a young Japanese woman and a spaced-out American hippie briefly entranced with Japan, Hiro Tanaka grows up scorned as a half-breed in his racially pure homeland. So when he nears America aboard the sailing vessel on which he serves as cook's assistant, Hiro literally jumps ship. He's sure that in America a man of mixed race can easily fit in, but he's in for a big surprise. Landing on Tupelo Island near Georgia, he inadvertently frightens a number of witless residents and thus finds himself a hunted man. He is briefly protected by Ruth Dershowitz, a resident at a writers' colony on the island, but her motives are mixed: she's mostly interested in Hiro as an experience that will enhance her writing and highly developed sense of self. Indeed, virtually everyone in this picaresque novel acts primarily from self-interest; even our Hiro comes across as something of an anti-hero, self-pitying if vulnerable. Boyle's lucid prose charges ahead wrecklessly, sweeping readers along as it effortlessly blends the story of Hiro's plight with that of the writers' colony. But Boyle's unrelieved indictment of prejudice at times seems one-dimensional, his characters so bigoted, foolish, or otherwise unengaging that we are left longing for some sign of human dignity. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/90.-- Barbara Hoffert, ``Library Journal''
Michiko Kakutani
A hilarious black farce about racial stereotypes, selfish dreams, and ambitions run hopelessly amok…It's a pastoral version of The Bonfire of the Vanities.
The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140131673
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
753,088
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

T. C. Boyle is the author of eleven novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/FaulknerAward), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and The Inner Circle. His most recent story collections are Tooth and Claw and The Human Fly and Other Stories.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Santa Barbara California
Date of Birth:
December 2, 1948
Place of Birth:
Peekskill, New York
Education:
B.A. in music, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1970; Ph.D. in literature, Iowa University, 1977
Website:
http://www.tcboyle.com/

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3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm hesitant to say too much about this book in terms of plotline -- this is one of those novels that simply needs to be read in order to be understood. The greatest thing about the story is that it's completely unpredictable. T.C. Boyle must be an incredibly empathetic man; he's able to write from five disparate views at once and every character is utterly believable. I read this book in less than a week and it quickly became a fixture in my Top Ten Novels Ever Written By Human Hands.
masako More than 1 year ago
Laugh-out-loud hilarious
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