World's End

World s End Spellbinding poignant ribald a multi generational tale of love and betrayal that signals the arrival of this dazzling storyteller at the height of his powers Razzle dazzle entertainment with an inn

  • Title: World's End
  • Author: T.C. Boyle
  • ISBN: 9780670814893
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Spellbinding, poignant, ribald, a multi generational tale of love and betrayal that signals the arrival of this dazzling storyteller at the height of his powers Razzle dazzle entertainment with an inner core of the deepest seriousness.

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    1. Okay, so this is my first five-star rating (on ), & the last book I would have taken such liberties to rave about was the often-mentioned "Middlesex."Omnipresent question: How the hell did someone concoct such a yarn?Well, there is plenty to write about. About generations and about curses and about lives well lived and wasted away, lives separated from commonalities that should bring them together otherwise, about the culture particular to the towns upon the Hudson (of which I have read prev [...]

    2. I read this novel about a week ago, I'm just really bad with updating my reading progress on . However, in this case I have an excuse for being late. I tried to write this review sooner, but somehow it wasn't happening. Perhaps I needed some time to digest this novel. I had a feeling that I will like it more after I was done with the 'digestion' part. I was right. This is one of those novels that you don't fully enjoy reading but in the end you're glad to read them. Do you know what I mean? Worl [...]

    3. It's funny, I just looked back at my review for Drop City, and somehow I want to write almost an identical review for this book even though the story is totally different. For me, reading Boyle is really not so much about the quality of the story he tells, but rather the way he tells it like no one else. His prose reminds me of a powerful waterfall . . 's just water flowing over a cliff right, but somehow it evokes a certain feeling of awe in you when you look at it. Even though water alone or a [...]

    4. I am a huge TC Boyle fan. I read almost everything he writes. His vocabulary, plotting, sense of history and how it crashes into the living all make him extraordinary. World's End won the Pen/Faulkner Award for him early in his career. This book examines where we came from and how much it influences us. Are we trapped like Walter with ghosts that frame us inside a future we can't escape? He explains how brutal the wealthy Dutch settlers of the 17th c. were to their own kind, how mistreated the I [...]

    5. TC Boyle is a very talented writer, without question. This is one of those books I wish I had picked up with a lot of time on my hands so that I could plow straight through it in just a few sittings. The plot jumps around across a 300+ year time-frame and has many (many) characters, which demands constantly referring back to the "List of Characters" at the beginning. Thankfully said "List of Characters" exists, or I think I might have become annoyed/lost. It is not a book you can read a little, [...]

    6. Dramatic, hilarious and harrowing tales of parallel fates of many generations of Dutch, English and Native Americans from colonial New Amsterdam/New York to 1960's Peterskill. TC Boyle mixes expert storytelling with fascinating accounts of the history of the Hudson River Valley. His accounts of daily life under Dutch feudalism in New Amsterdam (well before the arrival/rule of the English) are unforgettable. Boyle's writing is fantastic - juxtaposing grand, classical language with a hilarious sor [...]

    7. For some unknown reason award committees often seem to gravitate toward overblown works of fiction. And, thus, it seems with this work. But, don’t get me wrong. I like Boyle. His vocabulary and storytelling often blow me away. More than once in this book I caught myself totally engrossed in the book’s tales. But in this book, it seemed he was incapable of using the one little familiar word when three more unusual words suffice. I love that kind of stuff but enough is enough. World’s End, s [...]

    8. Historical fiction with heft, trundling over more than three hundred years of Hudson River upper class oppression and, more importantly, individual acts of self-destruction. Van Wartville is kind of like a hybridization of Rensselaerswyck and Cortlandt Manor, of the Van Rensselaers and Van Cortlandts. The Arcadia and its folk singer champion are obvious foils of Pete Seeger and the Clearwater. One of the most gripping historical renderings is of the 1949 Peekskill riots, where the outpouring of [...]

    9. I found this book on the bookshelf in the furnished house I'm renting in the Netherlands. The subject matter was of immediate interest being that I had just lived in upstate NY for 10 years and recently moved to the Netherlands. Reading about early Dutch settlers in the Hudson Valley was mind-bending, helped ease some of my ex-pat culture shock and made me smile every time I understood a Dutch word or phrase used in the book. I just visited the Open Air Museum in Arnhem where fully furnished his [...]

    10. Same Grecian vacation. I was on a T.C. Boyle kick. This one's an epic several hundred years of nastily entwined family history, plus a ghostly plague of hunger, and some tall tales. American mythology. While the last 100 or so pages got a bit muddled, it's still worth it, as Boyle always is. When people name the best writers working today, Boyle is on my list. High on it. I can't think of anyone else who reinvents himself so successfully from book to book and story to story. Each time, it's like [...]

    11. This book was exquisite. It had characters I loved because I wanted them to be my friends. It had characters I loved to hate because they were so arrogant and selfish. It had characters who made me think. And the story was full of history that I knew very little about and found myself googling with the hope of learning more. It was thick with symbolism, most of which I recognized but didn't know how to analyze. T. C. Boyle wove together stories that took place over 200 years apart and made it fe [...]

    12. The story opens up in the late 1960s with Walter Van Brunt, a 20-something year old who sees ghosts and had a motorcycle accident that caused him to lose his foot. He attempts to find out what happened to his father and why his father abandoned him.T.C. Boyle then switches between Walter's story in the present, Walter's Dutch ancestors in colonial America before the English took over, and sometimes goes into the story of the Communist raids in the 1950s. The entire novel plays out in upstate New [...]

    13. I grew up at the foot of Storm King mountain. I spent my youth hiking its hills, sitting on it's cliffs and looking over the mighty Hudson River across to Breakneck ridge, just a few miles away from World's End. There was something special about the region that you feel as a child but can't fully grasp until later in life. In the decade and a half since moving away, i find myself forever drawn back to the mid hudson valleyeither in dreams, thoughts, stories. My soul is attached to the river and [...]

    14. I read this book a long time ago, probably not too long after it came out in 1990. It was back in my dreary days trying to eke out a living working as an office temp and a substitute teacher in Columbus, Ohio. Seeing as how I didn't have much money, the Grandview Public Library provided much of my entertainment. I gave this book four stars because I can still remember it 20 years later. It's the story of the Hudson Valley in New York, switching back and forth between the settlers in the seventee [...]

    15. This was an epic tale shifting back and forth between Western Mass in the 1970s and the same region 300 years previous. It tracks the journeys of three families: one family of poor farmers (having fled the Netherlands) who live on the estate of the 2d, wealthy family, and a 3d quietly surviving Native American family. The struggles of the poor family seem severe and harsh, but light when compared to that of the Native American lineage. The wealthy family has it's own pains, but again, the compar [...]

    16. IMHO, it's TC Boyle's best work. Amazing in scope (sheer number of characters has it's own reference index), poignant in prose and story telling, and extremely entertaining. Highly recommended if you like this author, and if you prefer his earlier work (I do)then this is Boyle at the height of his considerable powers. At times, yes, the story drags a little. However, the way characters from centuries apart become interlinked is nothing short of brilliant. Water Music is close to this work in she [...]

    17. Miserable, horrid, weak characters abounded. Most of them you would order out of your house. An amazing amount of plot devises were used to move along the story line which swung between the 1960's and 1690's. Still, the great writing and sheer joy of reading the words kept me moving through the book. Unlike other books I have enjoyed by this author, I can't say I'll ever read this book again, but the book performed hard enough to captivate my imagination. This book offered me the joy of word smi [...]

    18. T.C. Boyle is a great reader's author without being pulpy. I've loved many of his books, but this one has so far been my favorite (_Tortilla Curtain_ is a close second, and _Drop City_ and enjoyable third).It's a disjointed epic spanning many centuries along the Hudson River Valley and surrounding areas. There are lots of characters, and lots of time shifts between chapters, but Boyle is able to tie it all together into a great story about the oft-untold colonial influence in our own country, in [...]

    19. I thoroughly enjoyed the gift of language Boyle exhibited with this novel. The connection of the past and present is a perceptive view of worry and anxiety. The underlying fear each man of each generation carried seems to be what killed him, leaving the question of fate vs. destiny, or nature vs. nurture open. Great book: it delves into my type of psyche. Love it.

    20. World's End is the first novel by T C Boyle I have read, but it certainly won't be the last! Winner of the 1988 PEN Faulkner Award, it is nothing short of brilliant, a genuine masterpiece of creative writing.Set in the environs of New York and spanning more than 300 years, from the 1660s to around 1968, the characters are mainly Dutch settlers and their descendants, with a number of native Indians, mostly Kitchawanks , who play significant roles in the story, and a few families of English descen [...]

    21. Wow. That was a whirlwind ride of a book. I really enjoyed the back and forth narration between the past and present. The way that the past manifested itself in the present and vice versa was slightly eerie. The sins of the fathers, as it were. History repeating itself, ad infinitum. This generational tale is still swirling around in my brain. I have not read anything quite like this book.

    22. 4.5 Stars.Full disclosure: I read this because it was referenced in How I Met Your Mother. However, I won't make this review about how it met / failed to meet my expectations based on my understanding of the character Ted Mosby. To the review:This is literature. I've dealt with that designation a lot, in classrooms and on my own for as long as I've been an "adult" reader. What makes something "literature," and what makes it just a really good book? And in this novel, I think I've gotten a little [...]

    23. Dies ist mein zweites Buch von T.C. Boyle nach Wassermusik und wieder bin ich völlig begeistert, obwohl World's End deutlich anstrengender zu lesen ist. Neinnein, keine Angst! Es geht nicht um Schachtel- oder Bandwurmsätze, überdurchschnittlich viele Fremdworte (obwohl, wenn ich so überlege - naja, vielleicht doch ein bisschen) oder hochgeistige Gedankengänge. Die Sprache ist gut verständlich und überaus bildhaft, sodass bestimmte Szenen einem wohl für länger (wenn nicht sogar immer) im [...]

    24. From about 50 pages into this novel, you know that the two storylines are going to connect at the end. It might take a while to figure out how, but you know that somehow 17th century Van Wartwyck and 20th century Peterskill are going to collide. And they doon the last page. You have a very good understanding how well before that, but you're not exactly sure how it's all going to play out for the "villain" of the story, Depeyster Van Wart. But it's not really the "ta-da" moment you're looking for [...]

    25. The book deals with the intertwined lives of several Dutch and Indian families in Upper Westchester County. Flipping back and forth in time from the late seventeenth century to the twentieth century, it illuminates the relationships between the aristocrats, the lower class whites and the Indians. Primarily, however, it's a rumination on the various ways that fathers pursue their own foolish ideals and fantasies, and in the process, fail their children. Inspirational, it's not. But if you enjoy o [...]

    26. This book is spectacular, but it really requires your undivided attention to realise it. Telling the story of multiple generations of dutch families in the Hudson Valley of New York, it's a huge mish mash of similar sounding names and flits between periods like no man's business. While this structure meant it wasn't quite ideal vacation reading, I was fully absorbed for multiple 4 hour plus road trips, and by the end couldn't put the book down. The story is a tale of weakness and history, of lor [...]

    27. I guess I like it. At least I finished reading the book with some slight scimming here and there. Past to present history of three families living in the Hudson River valley. Native American, wealthy Dutch patroon and a tenant farming family. Having boated on the Hudson for many years from the Spyten Duyvel to Lake George, we have heard of many of the legends recounted in this book. But the book is dark- none of the families escape from or learn much from their history and keep the accrued pain [...]

    28. Another fairly typical offering from Boyle, but enjoyable none the less. I enjoyed the interwoven story of the main families (the Van Brunts, the Van Warts, the Mohonks and the Cranes) and the way the book was presented made it enjoyable without pushing the fact that you were actually reading a traditional family saga. I did enjoy the 17th century element of the book better than the more modern parts of the story but thats just the historian in me. A good read indeed but not one of my favourite [...]

    29. I suspect that this is a well written story. However it is so intricate and with so many characters over a number of centuries that it has a list of characters at the beginning. If I was studying the book then maybe I would have set about it in a very different manner but I was just wanting a good read. The subject matter was of interest to me but I just found it too complex and thus a real grind to get through it. The characters are connected across the generations and have similar if not ident [...]

    30. So I thought the prose was quite well written and I enjoyed the story itself, but the characters seemed so flat. Every man was either a capitalist or a communist and every woman was either a madonna or a whore, and nothing more, no one seemed truly individual. Every character in the 1960s portion was simply an echo of someone from the 1600s section. I understand the theme is something like you can't escape history, but hardly any of these people even have believable motivations for their actions [...]

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