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by T. C. Boyle,T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Tortilla Curtain reminded me a great deal of Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, Food, Inc and Lone Star, all of which do a tremendous job of portraying the plight of Mexican Immigrants as they struggle to enter our country and earn a living. I don't know that I am an advocate for illegal immigration, but I certainly feel for them in their struggle.

T Published in Penguin Books 1999.

Coraghessan Boyle is the author of Drop City, A Friend of the Earth, Riven Rock, The Tortilla Curtain, The Road to Wellville, East Is East, World’s End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Budding Prospects, Water Music, and six collections of stories. In 1999, he was the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. His stories appear regularly in major American magazines, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, and Playboy. He lives near Santa Barbara, California. Published in Penguin Books 1999.

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The Tortilla Curtain. For Pablo and Theresa Campos

The Tortilla Curtain. For Pablo and Theresa Campos. He saw his victim in a book of stamps at the post office, reflected in the blameless glass panels of the gently closing twin doors at Jordan's elementary school, staring up at him from his omelette aux fines herbes at Emilio's in the shank of the evening. The whole thing had happened so quickly. One minute he was winding his way up the canyon with a backseat full of newspapers, mayonnaise jars and Diet Coke cans for the recycler, thinking nothing, absolutely nothing, and the next thing he knew the car was skewed across the shoulder in a dissipating fan of dust.

The Tortilla Curtain - Ebook written by . Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Tortilla Curtain. Boyle’s tragicomic, award-winning novel about assimilation, immigration, and the price of the American dream A masterpiece of contemporary social satire. Turning the collective face of Mexican immigration into one ordinary human being, and walking many bruising miles in Candido’s cheap shoes, is Mr. Boyle’s gift to our collective conscience.

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. Kirjaluettelon tiedot. The Tortilla Curtain A Penguin Books. Fiction Penguin books. T. Coraghessan Boyle.

Thomas Coraghessan Boyle, also known as T. C. Boyle and T. Coraghessan Boyle (born December 2, 1948), is an American novelist and short story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published sixteen novels and more than 100 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988, for his third novel, World's End, which recounts 300 years in upstate New York. He was previously a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Winner of the Prix Medicis Etranger Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Boyle's "compelling" ( The Chicago Tribune ) novel about assimilation and the price of the American dream Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course.

The lives of two very different couples--wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals--suddenly collide, in a story that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. Tour.
I really don’t know where to begin. This is a life-changing book – a story that will put you in the shoes of people we see everyday – but don’t really see. The book follows two parallel stories – one of a poor, illegal immigrant couple who have landed in Southern California in desperate search for a better life. The other is that of a comfortable, white couple thriving in the suburbs. What is most interesting as these stories unfold is the disparity between what each couple worries about and struggle with on a daily basis.

For the immigrant couple the daily worry is in finding safe shelter, food, employment; security of any kind and survival on the most basic level. The suburban couple worries about getting a bigger commission, what material to use for their kitchen counters, saving the environment and where they should eat out for dinner – the pressures do not revolve around survival, but rather around maintaining – and expanding – their level of comfort and luxury.

This is a tale of our times.

The story is not told in a manner that condemns the suburbanites – but, instead, demonstrates that this is who they are, how they have been raised culturally – they are a product of our mad dash to the security of a white-picket fence in the suburbs – the result of isolation, cut off from the real suffering of others, making these things seem less real, less human.

One must ask – why do we worry more about stray animals and trees than the suffering of people in our own nations and around the world? Is it because we have cut ourselves off from their need – because it is too painful to witness and we feel too helpless in changing their circumstances? Or are we so safe in our hermetically sealed communities that we forget that others are not doing so well.

Immigration is not a new challenge to our nation. We have never, truly done a good job of assimilating new arrivals – they have often been discriminated against and discouraged by any means from thriving. We all fear, this is not new, that our nation cannot possibly hold another soul – or that this new group will work for less and take our jobs. The irony is, that our jobs are being sent overseas – much of the work done by immigrants is work we feel is beneath us – menial.  But, honestly, that is neither here nor there.

Our failure, on so many levels, is in not recognizing every one of these people as just that – people. They are fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers – doing everything they can to survive. Many of us, if we go back a couple generations, have a plumber, farmer, factory worker or mechanic in our family tree. Go back a couple more and new probably have some newly arrived immigrants – lost in a new world trying to make a better life.

Do we know where we come from? Do we know what our ancestors experienced – the discrimination and struggle – that has resulted in our comfortable lives? They wanted a better life – the question is – do we know when we have arrived (gotten what we came for), or is it always a pursuit for more?

Reading this book made me uncomfortable. It made me feel ashamed for the dissatisfaction I have felt for my car, my TV or my cell phone – I realized how much I have to be grateful for and that my comfort should be utilized to help others – not create ever more luxurious comforts.

The Tortilla Curtain reminded me a great deal of Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko,  Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, Food, Inc and Lone Star, all of which do a tremendous job of portraying the plight of Mexican Immigrants as they struggle to enter our country and earn a living. I don't know that I am an advocate for illegal immigration, but I certainly feel for them in their struggle. This is a great challenge - one that our nation needs to face sooner rather than later.
In a confrontation that echoes the country's issues with immigration, two families in California face off. Delany and Kyra Mossbacher are nice people, liberal and well-off and have all the recommended opinions. They live in an expensive development. Delany has family money so doesn't work. He spends his time hiking the surrounding countryside and writing a series of nature columns. Kyra is a driven realtor. Together they have built a life that works for them.

Candido and America Rincon are not so lucky. They are an unlikely couple to start with; Candido is thirty-three while America is seventeen. Candido was married to her sister but when she left him, he wooed and won America and brought her with him over the border to build a life there. They arrive completely broke; their only hope to work hard and build a life. But work is hard to find. They are reduced to living outside, camping in the country without adequate sanitation which in turn makes finding a job even harder.

The two families meet when Delaney hits Candido with his car by accident one day. Rather than calling police or taking him to the doctor, Candido is easily bought off with twenty dollars although his injuries are so severe that he can barely move for days. Delaney is troubled but knows in his heart it wasn't his problem and his friend insists it might have been a scam anyhow. As the weeks go by, Delaney starts to change his liberal views as the immigrants start to affect his easy life. Graffiti is found, thefts occur, the residents' daily routines are changed by the influx of men standing around waiting for work and soon the development gates and walls itself in. As time goes on, more and more happens until attitudes change and confrontations occur.

Although this book was written in 1996, it still rings true more than twenty years ago. It is the classic story of immigration and how it affects both those who come to another country and those who are already residents. This book focuses on Hispanic immigration in the West but it could easily be written about any of the other ethnic groups that have come to our country and the difficulties they encounter as they try to make a life here. It holds a mirror up in which those of us already here as citizens can see ourselves as we make decisions about how we will welcome these newcomers. This book is recommended for readers of current affairs literature.
One of the best books I have read this year !! First one I've read by TC Boyle .This is an extremely well-crafted , multi-layered novel that really has it all-- subtle humor, not so subtle , even crass humor, serious social commentary, exciting action, environmental issues, complex interaction among the well developed characters, and a really believable stage for it all to unfold on with superb ,unmistakably tangible scenes described so well you honestly feel that you are there .As a weird testimony to how deeply involved I got , I was actually sad to finish the book and will miss finding out more about Delaney, Kyra, America , Candido and a few of the other very interesting characters in this great book. I had to pinch myself and remember this is art not reality . I read the paperback and listened to the Audible narration by the author which is extremely well done.
This is my second time through this book. I read it when it first came out years ago and remembered it somewhat but did not feel the need to bypass any narrative on my second pass. I think it is a powerful book that many people would benefit by reading. I read it this time for book club discussion and I'm really anxious to hear what others in group felt about it. I understand now that it was written as a satire but the characters, to me, did not seem exaggerated or stereotyped, which is the complaint of some. I found all the characters very believable. There are many excellent reviews of the book details so I won't take the time to do that but I very highly recommend it!
The Tortilla Curtain ebook
T. C. Boyle,T. Coraghessan Boyle
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The Viking Press; First edition (1995)
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