Title: WILD CHILD AND OTHER STORIES - Scarce ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Viking / Penguin Books, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 304 pages. Published in 2010. The author's ninth collection of short stories. One of T. Coraghessan Boyle's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents T. C. Boyle's "Wild Child". Writing at the peak of his powers. "As good as anything the prolific author has written. Basing his story on the historical Victor of Aveyron, the feral child discovered in the wilds of France in 1797 and slowly brought to heel indoors under the patient but understandably frustrated doctor Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard, Boyle interrogates history with an experienced reader's wariness of sentimental revisionism and a great writer's attention to precisely what defines the child's wildness" (Publishers Weekly). It's a little bit surprising that as far as we know, no literary critic has pointed out that the story was the basis of one of Francois Truffaut's greatest films, also called "The Wild Child" (1969). That Boyle re-tells the story in his own characteristically searching style is what makes it a triumph. If Gore Vidal is America's preeminent literary historian, T. C. Boyle is its preeminent literary anthropologist. An absolute "must-have" title for T. Coraghessan Boyle collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by T. Coraghessan Boyle. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Boyle's specimen-signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. This title is now collectible. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670021423. Bookseller Inventory # 15280
Synopsis: A superb new collection from "a writer who can take you anywhere" (The New York Times)
In the title story of this rich new collection, T.C. Boyle has created so vivid and original a retelling of the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running naked through the forests of Napoleonic France, that it becomes not just new but definitive: yes, this is how it must have been. The tale is by turns magical and moving, a powerful investigation of what it means to be human.
There is perhaps no one better than T.C. Boyle at engaging, shocking, and ultimately gratifying his readers while at the same time testing his characters' emotional and physical endurance. The fourteen stories gathered here display both Boyle's astonishing range and his imaginative muscle. Nature is the dominant player in many of these stories, whether in the form of the catastrophic mudslide that allows a cynic to reclaim his own humanity ("La Conchita") or the wind-driven fires that howl through a high California canyon ("Ash Monday"). Other tales range from the drama of a man who spins Homeric lies in order to stop going to work, to that of a young woman who must babysit for a $250,000 cloned Afghan and the sad comedy of a child born to Mexican street vendors who is unable to feel pain.
Brilliant, incisive, and always entertaining, Boyle's short stories showcase the mischievous humor and socially conscious sensibility that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
About 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.
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