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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Apr 17, Jay rated it it was amazing Shelves: But for some reason, the artificial moon turns people into insane nymphomaniacs. I really enjoy Boyle’s work, but I didn’t enjoy this collection of short stories nearly as much as others.

Shannon rated it it was ok Mar 10, Feb 08, Robert Walrod rated coeaghessan liked it. Allison added it Nov 13, I feel lukewarm at best about this collection.

The collection reflects the fears, anxieties and issues of America in the s, especially in regard to the fear of a nuclear holocaust. As the narrator is waiting in the weeds and muck of the greasy water he comes across the bloated body of a corpse.

Greasy Lake & Other Stories

This is used to prevent bots and spam. Ziss questions the couple, he asks, “have they considered a surrogate mother? May 02, Justine rated it it was ok. Javascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis. Tango, Thunderbird and Bali Hai.

And he, again, didn’t disappoint me in my gentle expansion of my vocabulary. This story describes the scum of society, but in a way that l I love the line: Even though this is what they originally set out to do, their rebellious spirit is gone. But then all of a sudden Digby was ocraghessan for the wheel. Coraghessan Boyle also known as T. Boyle continues to impress in his second collection of short fiction.


Boyle rewrites the classic Nikolai Gogol storybut transports his characters into the Cold War era. Please read this story until the very last line when you come across the outstretched hand, and see what life has to offer you. Love all around part 2?

Greasy Lake

Boyle took the experience, though, and examined it from the other side and through the pain of darker memories and events. Humor at its best. Mar 08, Natalie Homer rated it it was ok Shelves: The song includes the story of some people deciding to go up to greasy lake to coraghssan a good time.

Boyle’s writing is always good but sometimes his characters – as ccoraghessan in satire – are annoying; not sympathetic.

Paris Review – Greasy Lake

So the narrator, for one night, truly immerses himself into the perceived life of badness that he wants and the results are that he wants to go backback to the safety of his home, his parents, his cushioned life. Do verbs end in “ed” or is it a flashback and told in present tense.

He merely backed off a step, his face like a Toltec mask, and laid Digby out with a single whistling roundhouse blow.

Hooray, for all the kids in that school district who love 1CGreasy Lake 1D In the article, one of the teachers said it was the one story that really spoke to them. Perhaps I’m being a bit too harsh, but it is odd and did distract me from the story a bit. One of his earlier books, and the stories have a more raw feeling than some of his later work. Boo to the parents who deny their kids the chance to connect with literature at its highest level. The first mistake, the one that opened the whole floodgate, was losing my grip on the keys.

His style is so distinctive that even his mediocre stories are still fun to read. There was nothing to do but take a bottle of lemon-flavored gin up to Greasy Lake.


This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. But is he happy? Now it was fetid and murky, the mud banks glittering with broken glass and strewn beer cans and the charred remains of bonfires.

Another great collection of Boyle’s stories. Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

While confident about his participation in the dream of the “Big Game,” Hector refuses to acknowledge his age. The narrator of greawy fictional short story was promoted to “special aid” during the time of a “visit by the Soviet Premier and his uh wife,” and makes this a plausible tale, as he supposedly confesses the true account of the love story.

And some of them do have a good time but others end up byole the lake with just their socks and a shirt.

Summary and Analysis of T.C. Boyle’s “Greasy Lake” | Owlcation

Yes, that is most of them, If I could only read Boyle’s writing, and no other writer’s, I would be completely happy with that. Fisherman falls in love with child’s surrogate mother, who he doesn’t notice is their doctor’s lover. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I loved most of these stories especially the Sherlock parody: The story of “Greasy Lake” sets itself up as a typical “rebel without a cause” short story.