By T. C. Boyle
Within the culture of The Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle blends idealism and satire in a narrative that addresses the common questions of human love and the survival of the species. within the 12 months 2025 worldwide warming is a truth, the biosphere has collapsed, and 75-year-old environmentalist Ty Tierwater is eking out a dwelling as care-taker of a pop star's inner most zoo while his moment ex-wife re-enters his life.
either gritty and surreal, A pal of the Earth represents a high-water mark in Boyle's career-his deep streak of social problem is without problems mixed the following with real compassion for his characters and the spirit of sheer exhilarating playfulness readers have come to anticipate from his paintings.
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You said it had been one of those days. What happened? ” Max described his lunch with Amis and the small humiliations of handing back his car keys and then finding two bruisers in uniform standing over his desk. “So that was the bad news: no bonus, no job, no car. ” He pushed the letter across the table. Charlie took one look at it and shook his head. “Wasted on me, old son. My French isn’t up to it. ” “Remember when we were at school and I used to be packed off to spend the summer holidays in France?
They were at the top end of Threadneedle Street—“handy for the Bank of England,” as the senior Lawton brother was fond of telling his prospective clients. Established in the late eighties, the company had boomed through the nineties with everyone else, merging and acquiring, ducking and diving, and gaining a reputation for savage asset-stripping that was the envy of its more ethical and kindhearted competitors. Now it was often described in the financial press as a model of tough, efficient management, well suited to today’s hard times.
Nobody could call him handsome—he was a little overweight, carelessly dressed, his hair perpetually awry—but he possessed abundant charm, liquid brown eyes, and an evident enthusiasm for the company of women that they seemed to find irresistible. He had so far avoided marriage, but with some difficulty. Max had been less fortunate. He had made the mistake, a few years before, of marrying Charlie’s sister Annabel. The marriage had been turbulent from the start, and had ended badly. Much to Charlie’s disapproval, Annabel had run off to Los Angeles with a film director, and now lived in a four-million-dollar wooden shack on the beach at Malibu.