World's Endby T. C. Boyle
It will lead Walter to search for his lost father. And it will send the story into the past of the Hudson River Valley, from the late 1960s
Haunted by the burden of his family's traitorous past, woozy with pot, cheap wine, and sex, and disturbed by a frighteningly real encounter with some family ghosts, Walter Van Brunt is about to have a collision with history.
It will lead Walter to search for his lost father. And it will send the story into the past of the Hudson River Valley, from the late 1960s back to the anticommunist riots of the 1940s, to the late seventeenth century, where the long-hidden secrets of three families--the aristocratic Van Warts, the Native-American Mohonks, and Walter's own ancestors, the Van Brunts--will be revealed.
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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.
- Santa Barbara California
- Date of Birth:
- December 2, 1948
- Place of Birth:
- Peekskill, New York
- B.A. in music, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1970; Ph.D. in literature, Iowa University, 1977
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One really great, monster book! Boyle pulls out all the stops in approaching the Hudson Valley. There are shades and whiffs of Bryant, Cole, and Irving on every page. Against this phantasmic backdrop, the author gives us a flea-bitten tale of colonial and modern mud, blood, and beer, a tale which both excoriates and exults that which is American, that which is its history: Indians, patroons, Dutch 'squareheads', 'Commies', finks, draft resisters, draft dodgers, not to mention the idle rich. At points, everyone appears the fool or the pawn. That it the book's truth and its tragedy.
I was impressed with Boyle's ability to keep so many storylines straight, not to mention keeping ahold of how the characters from different time periods are connected, however, I was not impressed with my own ability to do so. Having read Sometimes a Great Notion and similar books that juggle characters like a circus performer on speed and having understood and enjoyed them heartily, I felt Boyle could've worked with a few less characters and composed a more sound book. If your mind can easily flit from scene to scene, personality to personality, or storyline..., then this is the book for you. A bit of a challenge for me which brought the interest down at times. Not exactly a 'sit back and relax' kind of read.
Two story lines centuries apart, but they fold before you as one. The first TC Boyle I've read, and I will now read more.