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  • Broschiert: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing; Auflage: 1., Aufl. (25. April 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0747529027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747529026
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,6 x 11,1 x 2,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (103 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 23.114 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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T. C. Boyle (*1948) ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür, dass man es zwar nicht immer vom Tellerwäscher zum Millionär, aber doch vom notorischen Schulschwänzer zu einem der bekanntesten amerikanischen Autoren der Gegenwart bringen kann. Nach einer schwierigen Kindheit und einer wilden Jugend arbeitete T. C. Boyle kurzzeitig als Lehrer, bevor er an der Universität von Iowa promovierte. Heute lebt er mit seiner Frau und drei Kindern in Kalifornien. Er gilt als ausgesprochener Vielschreiber und hat etwa 20 Romane und Erzählbände veröffentlicht, für die er u. a. mit dem "Prix Médicis étranger" ausgezeichnet wurde. Zu seinen bekanntesten Werken zählen "América", "Dr. Sex" und "Talk Talk". Seine Erfahrungen als Autor gibt Boyle auch als Dozent für Creative Writing weiter.

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'This novel examines America's guerrilla war between the haves and have-nots with a zing unequalled since The Bonfire of the Vanities' Observer 'A harrowing, even horrific, tale of an immigrant couple's venture into California, and the shockingly brutal reception they receive ... a remarkable feat of imaginative empathy' Daily Telegraph 'Thrilling ... it's the same set up as Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities but Boyle immediately enlivens it' Independent on Sunday 'A powerful novel ... One of the best books I've read this year' Marie Claire -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

Synopsis

When Delaney Mossbacher knocks down a Mexican pedestrian, he neither reports the accident nor takes his victim to hospital. Instead the man accepts $20 and limps back to poverty and his pregnant 17-year-old wife, leaving Delaney to return to his privileged life in California. But these two men are fated against each other, as Delaney attempts to clear the land of the illegal immigrants who he thinks are turning his state park into a ghetto, and a boiling pot of racism and prejudice threatens to spill over.

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15 von 17 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Doug Vaughn am 27. Dezember 1999
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Boyle's The Tortillia Curtain differs from other books of his that I have read in that it tackles a serious set of social issues head on. Among the other reviews posted here for this book I see that some have claimed that the book is 'unrealistic' and makes use of every stereotype imaginable. Well, while one wouldn't want to pretend that all Southern Californians of means are shallow conspicuous consumers, nothing in the portrait Boyle creates here rings untrue. There must be thousands of people who fit this image. That being the case, it is important to make the point that he doesn't present either the Yuppie Californian family or the Mexican immagrant family as a symbol. They are real people. They don't stand for anything else. And while the extreme dichotomy posed between the wealth and well being of the one and the poverty and marginal health of the other do serve the purpose of highlighting the issue of the extreme inequities in the distribution of goods and services in this country, Boyle does not suggest a solution. Rather, he is interested in showing us what happens when these extremes come into contact in unexpected circumstances. What he has given us is a story of people in different circumstances responding as they likely would - as their training and experience have prepared them to. If we want to make an allegory of it, I don't think that is what he intended. I think that all he is saying is that extremes of expectation, in conflict, will generate extremes of behavior.
I enjoyed the book very much. Apart from Boyle's considerable skill with words, his characters were vivid and the plot - though heavy on coincidence (hey, it worked for Dickens) - is interesting and keeps the reader focused till the end.
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12 von 14 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 31. März 2003
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After reading all the critics, I was struck by the differences in likes and dislikes. First, there were those who responded with a genuine like. Good entertainment, a wonderful use of a literary device (parallel lines) and a message. Then there were those who were thankful to see the message, to become better people because of it. Then there was the other side- - those who seemed personally insulted- - yes, i-n-s-u-l-t-e-d because, uh-hmm, because they might see themselves in the story? A little uncomfortable with that? As an avid reader of a broad range of fiction, I don't see a need that writers should avoid unpleasant subjects, or that they should be politically correct on all sides, whatever that is. TC Boyle may have written a novel with characters that might strike some as clichés or one-sided or whatever, but so did practically every other author worth reading. The fact that he makes you think, the fact that he writes about 'ideas'... that's heady stuff.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von BKS GY12 am 15. August 2014
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The novel 'The Tortilla Curtain', written by T.C. Boyle, was published in 1996 and is about two completely different lives of an American and a Mexican couple living in the USA.

The story is set in L.A. near the Mexican border. On the one hand there is the American couple, Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and on the other hand the Mexican illegal immigrant couple, Cándido an América Rincón. Because of their hard lives in Mexico they dream of a better life in the USA (connection to the American Dream) but they have to fight hard to survive.

Boyle tries to show the readers how hard it is for Mexican immigrants to live in America and in which way they are confronted with difficult situations, while the US citizens live their good lives and misunderstand everything. Boyle shows how badly the US citizens think of illegal immigrants and that they talk about them like they were no human beings but dirt.
He often shows these misunderstandings in his novel, so the reader gets a clear view about how these misunderstandings can happen. So the chapters about the Americans are less important than the chapters that focus on the Rincóns.

On the one hand, the novel's topic is a quiet interesting one, like immigration in the U.S. and what an immigrant's life is like. You clearly get the idea. But on the other hand it's boring, not because of the content of the novel, but more because Boyle uses too many details, so the story gets looonger and looooonger.

All in all I have to say that the novel 'The Tortilla Curtain' is a quiet interesting novel for people who like topics like immigration and U.S. policies. But in my opinion it was not that good for me because of the way T.C. Boyle writes.
I think he could have made it more interesting by not using that many details.

So I would give his novel 3 stars.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von A. Braun am 16. Januar 2012
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Reading the fictional tragedy "The Tortilla Curtain", written by the well-known author T.C. Boyle and published in 1995 in the USA, you are confronted with the socio-political issue of immigration that evoked the most debates and conflicts in history until now and still is a very current theme in society today. The novel shows in a unique way the two colliding worlds of the American and Mexican culture in the US. and deals also with the significance of the American Dream.
The whole plot is set in California, more specified in Los Angeles, where the issue of immigration, the problem for foreigners to assimilate to the values of their new country and the often associated terms of racism and hate are, especially because of the geographical location of this state, very important topics and are represented from two different perspectives which are also changing from chapter to chapter. On one side, the subject is examined from the Americans' society's point of view, symbolized by one of the two main couples in the story, the typical prosperous and well-educated Americans Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher; and on the other side from the Mexican's point of view, especially represented by the other two main characters Cándido Rincón and his pregnant girlfriend América.
The story starts with Delaney Mossbacher's car accident with Cándido, and from that moment on, the lives of each couple seem to intersect very often but mostly by accident.
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