T. C. Boyle

  • Anglais WATER MUSIC

    T. C. Boyle

    Set in 1795, "Water Music" is the rambunctious account of two men's wild adventures through the gutters of London and the Scottish Highlands to their unlikely meeting in darkest Africa. Boyle's other works include "The Tortilla Curtain".

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  • The Terranauts

    T. C. Boyle

    BY THE WINNER OF THE JONATHAN SWIFT PRIZE 2017 LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2018 Eight people take part in an ecological experiment in 1990s Arizona. Inspired by real events, The Terranauts places human behaviour under the microscope to spellbinding effect Linda is desperate to be one of the lucky eight chosen to take part in the world's most ambitious ecological experiment. She knows that she can survive for two years under the glass dome of Ecosphere II, set in the Arizona desert. Competition is fierce between the hopefuls, among them smooth-talking PR man Ramsay, and Dawn, a naive beauty. Inside the humid microcosm, the terranauts' labours over crops and livestock, their battles with creepy crawlies, their hostilities and sexual dalliances are all observed by tourists who come to gawp, Mission Control's cameras and the watchful eye of the media. As they struggle to control nature, and hunger sets in, the snake in this Eden starts to look unmistakably human.

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  • A provocative new novel from bestselling author T.C. Boyle exploring the first scientific and recreational forays into LSD and its mind-altering possibilities In this stirring and insightful novel, T.C. Boyle takes us back to the 1960s and to the early days of a drug whose effects have reverberated widely throughout our culture: LSD. In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard are gradually drawn into the inner circle of renowned psychologist and psychedelic drug enthusiast Timothy Leary. Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology Ph.D. student and his wife, Joanie, become entranced by the drug's possibilities such that their "research" becomes less a matter of clinical trials and academic papers and instead turns into a free-wheeling exploration of mind expansion, group dynamics, and communal living. With his trademark humor and pathos, Boyle moves us through the Loneys' initiation at one of Leary's parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys' eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devotees--students, wives, and children--living together in a sixty-four room mansion and devoting themselves to all kinds of experimentation and questioning. Is LSD a belief system? Does it allow you to see God? Can the Loneys' marriage--or any marriage, for that matter--survive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs? Wry, witty, and wise, Outside Looking In is an ideal subject for this American master, and highlights Boyle's acrobatic prose, detailed plots, and big ideas. It's an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness, as well as our seemingly infinite capacities for creativity, re-invention, and self-discovery.

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  • Quiconque s'est déjà aventuré dans l'univers baroque, féroce et hilarant de ce magicien de la prose qu'est T.C. Boyle connaît bien sa propension à la cruauté...
    On ne s'étonnera donc pas de le voir, aujourd'hui, placer sous cette enseigne son nouveau recueil de nouvelles. Cruelles, ces histoires, parce qu'il y est souvent question de vies fracassées par un destin méchamment farceur, mais aussi de bêtes sauvages, d'animaux étranges venant bouleverser le cours de l'existence des malheureux héros de Boyle. Ainsi, dans " Toutes griffes dehors ", un pauvre type à la dérive se retrouve, suite à un pari dans un bar, propriétaire d'une espèce de panthère, laquelle va méthodiquement réduire en miettes son appartement - et plus encore. Dans " Cynologie ", c'est une jeune femme qui se prend pour un chien. Le lecteur est aussi convié à une ahurissante chasse à l'éléphant, au record du monde de l'insomnie, à la visite d'une petite communauté édénique montée de toutes pièces dans un parc d'attractions infesté de moustiques et de crocodiles, ou encore... à la fin du monde, tout bonnement, puisqu'une monstrueuse météorite surgit aussi au détour de ces pages.
    Mais la " cruauté " de l'écrivain n'est jamais gratuite ni mauvaise : il s'agit, avant tout, de savourer avec jubilation ces histoires inouïes, irrésistibles de drôlerie et d'originalité, dont Boyle a le secret. Et de découvrir, derrière l'extravagance, une méditation en vérité très incisive sur l'Amérique des ombres, des laissés-pour-compte et de la paranoïa ordinaire.

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