Greasy Lake. T. Coraghessan Boyle. There was a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style, when it was good to be bad, when you cultivated . Greasy Lake. T. Coraghessan Boyle At night, we went up to Greasy Lake. Whatever it was we were looking for, we weren’t about to find it at Greasy Lake. Greasy Lake has 24 ratings and 2 reviews. Marc Gerstein said: Wow, this is one heck of a short the basic premise of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Of.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Coraghessan Boyle Goodreads Author. ,ake Boyle ‘s development from “a prodigy’s audacity to something that packs even more of a wallop: Paperbackpages.

Published May 6th by Penguin Books first published January 1st California Book Award for Fiction Silver To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 19, Stef Smulders rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thoroughly enjoyed this collection. The humor, the playfulness, the sheer joy of storytelling make these stories a great fun to read.

The author has a great sense of rythm, which becomes immediately clear in the first sentences of the opening title story: We were all dangerous characters then. And then in the story itself it all goes wrong of course, the decadence and danger of the main characters turns out to coraghesxan fake, a show. Humor at its best. I do not see the sense of that one. By far the best one, for me, was The New Moon Party, a perfect satire of modern democracy.

Greasy Lake & Other Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Incredibly funny and true. The idea of a new moon is an excellent choice, absurd and effective in revealing the real mechanisms in politics at the same time. One of best satirical stories I read so far. Another one that made a deep impression is the Rara Avis story with its semi-biblical, sexual morality. Very intriguing and definitely worth rereading, as most of the stories in this collection.

Thank you, mr Boyle! Aug 11, Robert Dunbar rated it really liked it. At first excited by the intense creativity of the prose, I quickly began to feel as though I were watching a conjurer do the same card trick over and over. An expert conjurer, but still Nov 15, Joshua Rivera rated it it was amazing. The narrator wants to portray the bad-boy image but has an epiphany at the end, realizing what he wanted to portray is nothing what he wanted to be. What I took from this story was the importance of distance in a narration.


Feb 29, Randy rated it really liked it. Title story is as gripping and amazing as I remember. Happy to re-read this collection. Boyle has a great knack for voice and for making history powerfully personal. Nov 18, Jonathan rated it really liked it.

A good run of very evocative, poignant, and compelling tales of flawed humans following their little human hearts towards failure, hurt and disappointment, but interrupted by some lulzy pieces, and followed by a regrettably weak finish. Hooligans try to kill and rape a thug and his girl, but get miserably routed instead.

Very evocative embodiment of the times. Fisherman falls in love with child’s surrogate mother, who he doesn’t notice is their doctor’s A good run of very evocative, poignant, and compelling tales of flawed humans following their little human hearts towards failure, hurt and disappointment, but interrupted by some lulzy pieces, and followed by a regrettably weak finish.

Fisherman falls in coraghessna with child’s surrogate mother, who he doesn’t notice is their doctor’s lover. US president has an affair with Ukrainian first coraghessan. A pompous loser of a detective fails to solve a case.

A man tries to play survivalist but does not have the cajones when it really matters. An old baseball legend does not face up to the reality of his old age. Poignant and compelling story. A whale-loving man and married woman make love at sea right after witnessing a cow whale get raped by a bull whale. Guess it’s love all around huh.

A politician wins by promising voters to create an artificial moon, then actually delivers. But for some reason, the artificial moon turns people into insane nymphomaniacs. Love all around part 2?

An old man finds out that the friendly caretakers he lives with are actually burglars, who have just put a store owner into financial ruin, but he selfishly decides not to rat them out at the final moment.

A musician who sleeps around gets poisoned by a scorned lover and dies in the same manner as a poisoned dog he’d once seen dying in his childhood. Counsellor who’s been cheated on gets cheated on with by wife of Elvis impersonator who finds out and leaves her with him, then counsellor’s wife wants to return to him as well.

Very evocative and emotional. Bird-lover imports invasive species that later causes trouble. Man encounters childhood friend who had later become a radical. People gawk at rare bird, then attack it on finding out it is wounded. Basically Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat, but with a bad-guys-win ending. Jul 23, Whitney rated it liked it Shelves: I thought about a third of these stories were fantastic – obviously “Greasy Lake,” but also a couple others that seemed to deal with the same kinds of characters and themes.


I absolutely hated a few of these stories, though. I really didn’t like when he strayed too far from what seams to be a more familiar setting for him.

Dec 20, Alberto rated it it was amazing. Amazing short stories full of drama and mystery.

Mar 14, Philip Reed rated it really liked it. This collection of short stories are worth it just to read The Hector Quesadilla Story. Apr 17, Jay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Only very recently, T.

It just so happens that this school district was right down the road from where T. To me, he makes a fine role model for all students.

The parents should take a breath, read T. Boyle, and learn something. Some of his stories in Greasy Lake are both highly animated and entertaining. Some are more reserved and heartfelt. But all of them have been structured by one of our nation 19s most talented writers. Shame on that principal who didn 19t drive up to T.

Greasy Lake contains the 1Cmf 1D word once or twice.

Greasy Lake & Other Stories

It was uttered by a key character in the story, a very bad dude 13 that 19s exactly what freasy would expect to come out of his mouth.

Anything less would have been distracting. There are drugs and violence and sex, and the 1CMF 1D word. What were you doing during your teen-age years? They drive their mother 19s car up to Greasy Lake looking for action, and they find it.

Things get violent in a hurry for these middle-classed white kids. As bad as you think you are, things can always get worse. As strange as things get, it can get weirder.

When you are a teenager, you think you know, but you really don 19t, and never will. Please read this coragjessan until the very last line when you come across the outstretched hand, and see what life has to offer you. My favorite story in this collection is 1CTwo Ships 1D. In this piece, T. He shows the flip side. Kids that grow up smoking pot and breaking windows, have to grow up into something.

In this case, one buddy, Jack, becomes a respectable lawyer, and the other, Caspar, becomes a Vietnam flame-out. Throughout the story, Boyle develops a level of tension and suspense leading up to the big reunion between the two long-lost friends.

You can expect to see a level of humor in a T.