World's End by T.C. Boyle
(Contemporary American Fiction)

63%

6 Critic Reviews

He leavens his sad personal journey with wry humor and bits from his comic routines.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Haunted by the burden of his family's traitorous past, woozy with pot, cheap wine and sex, and disturbed by a frighteningly real encounter with some family ghosts, Walter van Brunt is about to have a collision with history.

It will lead Walter to search for his lost father. And it will send the story into the past of the Hudson River Valley, from the late 1960's back to the anticommunist riots of the 1940's to the late seventeenth century, where the long-hidden secrets of three families--the aristocratic van Warts, the Native-American Mohonks, and Walter's own ancestors, the van Brunts--will be revealed.

 

About T.C. Boyle

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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.
 
Published July 20, 1990 by Penguin Books. 477 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for World's End
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by NY Times on Jan 01 2008

''World's End'' is a smashing good book, the peak achievement thus far in a career that seems now to have no clear limits.

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Guardian

Good
on Jan 20 2012

Boyle conjures beautifully the colour and aroma of hippie life.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

He leavens his sad personal journey with wry humor and bits from his comic routines.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Eder on Jan 01 2008

With his exhilarating sprinter's gait and a serious ability to surprise us at 200 and 500 yards, T. Coraghessan Boyle has run a five-miler with mixed results.

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The Paris Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth E. Adams on Jan 01 2008

His prose stands far apart from the pared-down minimalist traditions of so many of his contemporaries—lush, manic, overblown, satiric, highly imaginative and, on occasion, shamelessly melodramatic.

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One More Cup of Coffee

Below average
Reviewed by Joseph on Mar 27 2008

I would rather lose a foot than read this...again.

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