9780141002057

A Friend of the Earth

ISBN 10: 0141002050 / 0-14-100205-0
ISBN 13: 9780141002057
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
Set in a grim near-future 2025 A.D. southern California, this novel follows the adventures of an ecoterrorist whose efforts to save the planet unwittingly place his own family at risk. By the author of The Tortilla Curtain. Reprint.

Review:
"Most of the themes that Boyle entertains here--the consequences of American excess and media hype, the vagaries of class, the macho male's secret fear of women--have appeared in his fiction before. But here he sets himself the challenge of using his impressive arsenal of literary tricks and tropes in the service of a more earnest exploration. The ecological D-Day he posits is compelling and complex....Progress, Boyle tells us, is never a clear climb. This assured novel gives us haunting images to prove the point...."

Lisa Zeidner, Washington Post Book World, 09/03/2000

Review:
"The prose startles with vivid simile, with literary circumlocution....The story careens along with the breathless authority of a roller coaster: Step in and you'll be jounced, dizzied, thrilled and surprised by this thing you've given yourself up to....Boyle has long been celebrated for his comic genius, for his mastery of that side of the classic antinomy he explores here. In A FRIEND OF THE EARTH he sets himself a new challenge, swinging a leg wide to plant a foot solidly on new ground. His work is the richer and more affecting for it. Part antic comedy, part ecological intelligencer, part heartfelt plaint, A FRIEND OF THE EARTH is a comic novel on grievous themes, a serious exploration of tragic truths. It not only marks Boyle's progress as a literary talent but demonstrates his consistent ability to entertain."

Eric Zencey, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 09/10/2000

 

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