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This is probably not going to be a popular opinion, but...I didn't like this book very much. I might have DNF but I kept hoping it would get better.
So depressing. You have a Mexican family searching for a better life and the wealthy white family who slide into cruelty.
The characters aren't very well developed. This is the kind of book that brings me close to tears of frustration and rage. An arrogant author, white and male, taking on huge sociopolitical issues and reducing them to 300 pages of exaggerated, trite, offensive dribble. Another case of the white male fiction writer appopriating the voice of an ethnic minority in his work. And, yes, Boyle writes this with an interjection of the cultural elite, of whiteness, which for some crazy reason seems to give him access to minority groups, their feelings, their thoughts, their actions, their lives. For such a deliberate approach to addressing a very sensitive issue, I don't see any trace of humanity or compassion or sense of responsibility in Boyle's writing.

The worst part is that this book continues to be used across the country in high schools and colleges as reading material on immigration reform! Another white male author part of a long line of celebrated writers shifting the American perception of minority groups. Boyle is lauded as "timely" and "provocative" by a white liberal america that is severely removed from reality. His characters are, at best, gross caricatures of the socalled reality his novel describes. My fear is that young readers will come away with less understanding and critical awareness of class struggle after reading this book in their institutions of higher learning. [Free Book] ♀ The Tortilla Curtain ♼ Topanga Canyon Is Home To Two Couples On A Collision Course Los Angeles Liberals Delaney And Kyra Mossbacher Lead An Ordered Sushiandrecycling Existence In A Newly Gated Hilltop Community: He A Sensitive Nature Writer, She An Obsessive Realtor Mexican Illegals Cándido And América Rincón Desperately Cling To Their Vision Of The American Dream As They Fight Off Starvation In A Makeshift Camp Deep In The Ravine And From The Moment A Freak Accident Brings Cándido And Delaney Into Intimate Contact, These Four And Their Opposing Worlds Gradually Intersect In What Becomes A Tragicomedy Of Error And Misunderstanding its really hard to believe that mr. boyle lives anywhere near the US/Mexico border. His portrait of the subject is trite, hamfisted and overly simplified.

In the world of the tortilla curtain, being a liberal means that you recycle. In the world of the tortilla curtain, being hispanic means you are either unbelievably downtrodden and unlucky or you're carrying a knife and willing to use it.

early in the novel, the protagonist hits a hispanic man with his car. when he goes to see if the man is ok, the hispanic man responds in some wicked, foreign tongue, and we're treated to a passage along the lines of: "this man wasnt speaking norwegian...no, the US doesnt share a threethousand mile border with Norway. No...this man was Mexican, and the langue he was speaking....Spanish." I dont remember the exact passage but its something along those lines. I remembered it because it was so laughably horrible. Good lord.

Really, this book is just awful. It seems to be a favorite of quasiliterary middled aged house wife book clubs though...so, whatever, read whatever you want.

This is the book that finally put me off of fiction written for adults. Unless you live under a rock with cotton in your ears and a bag over your head, you know that life sucks and the human experience is filled with misery and despair. When I spend my precious time reading, I want to read something wellwritten and inspiring, regardless of the content.

For example: You can read something about the holocaust, and come away feeling amazed and grateful that there are some people in the world capable of doing extraordinary things in times of utter despair. Or you can read something that makes you want to blow your brains out and smack the pretentious idiot who wrote it, who seems to think that wallowing in the wretchedness of human existence makes him an amazing writer. This was my first book by T.C. Boyle.

I listened to this as an audiobook which was a great way to enjoy this book as you can hear the accents of the illegals, America and Candido. The story goes back and forth between Candido an illegal Mexican immigrant and his attempt to provide shelter and food for his young pregnant wife. He brought her to America with promises of work and a better life only to find a very short supply of jobs.
They are living in a ravine outside of Los Angeles.

Meanwhile atop the mountain in a sheltered money rich area live Delaney and Kyra. He is a nature writer and she is an obsessive realtor. Their lives connect when Delaney has a car accident and hits Candido and from that moment on their lives and worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a quite tragic tale.

I will definitely read T.C. Boyle again. He writes with great character development and irony at how Delaney will fight for a coyote's life but not that of an illegal immigrant. The opposing lives and encounters keep escalating until the quite tragic end.

***one of my all time favorite books*** I grew up 20 minutes from the Mexican border. I knew people like Candido and America, good, honest, hardworking folks who only wanted a chance to live and prosper, who spent each waking moment dreading the appearance of La Migra. TC Boyle has characterized these people beautifully. They're not angels, and he nailed the bad elements, the punks and chucos, just as thoroughly as he brought his protagonists to life on the page. If people think this book DOESN'T deal with the reality of life in Southern California...and Northern California, and Arizona, and Texas, and New Mexico, anywhere where the "haves" need the services and cheap backbreaking labor of the "havenots"...then you need to get out more and leave the blinders at home!

TC sets the action early and he is relentless. The Rashomanstyle serves him well, although he was brutal in his descriptions of Delaney and Kyra and their neighbors...the quintessential liberal dogooders in their SUV's and mammoth gated communities eating up the very "wildness" they glorify while sipping Chardonnay and munching smoked sturgeon.

This book does an excellent job of throwing a spotlight on the racial discord, which unfortunately grows by leaps and bounds daily, particularly in our post911 and Border Minutemen hysteria. What was true in 1995 has only intensified in 2010 growing to include irrational fear towards anyone "different" from the Eurodescended, workaholic, Christian villagers. Listen to the community fathers and mothers fret about homeless tent cities being moved to their 'hoods. It's a wonder we don't have torches descending on the churchyards harboring these supposed "sex perverts" and "thieves"...guilty by way of bad luck.

Read this book. Get a look at the other side of your office cleaning lady's life, the reality of that small dark man with the leaf blower or stacking the shelves in your local WalMart. You owe to yourself. "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle is not without its flaws, but even a decade or more after publication, it has only grown in its relevance regarding the deepseated problems of illegal immigration, particularly the Mexicansouthwestern U.S. nexus.

Boyle tells the story of two couples, one rich, white and privileged, the other homeless, Mexican and struggling, and how their lives intersect. Delaney and Kyra live in a polished, gated community north of Los Angeles, where she works as a real estate agent and he is a househusband, ministering to his stepson and wife and writing a local environmental column.

Delaney appears to be a classic, Eastern liberalalthough circumstances end up tearing off his veneer to reveal the darker attitudes that lurk just below the surface.

Candido is Delaney's homeless, immigrant counterpart, a Mexican with a pregnant young wife, neither of whom can catch a break.

In alternating chapters, their stories are told. The plot hurtles forward on Boyle's expert prose and the depiction of one vivid incident after another.

While Boyle does skewer the privileged white folks without much mercy, there is enough dimension and complexity here for this reader to say that the author isn't merely bashing for the sake of bashing. The problem isn't easy, the antiimmigrant reactions aren't without justification, and no pat solutions are presented. What is presented is this horrendous confluence between haves and havenots, and an environment in which the cultural, economic and language divide is deep and disturbing and far too open to tragic misunderstandings.

This is not a problem that is going away; if anything, it has become more acute since Boyle wrote his book. I think where he succeeds the most is in getting us inside the heads of two desperate Mexican immigrants who are, at heart, honorable people. He helps us understand why they were driven to leave their homeland, gives us empathy for their plightwhile at the same time, managing to genuinely irritate us about their bad judgments.

One is left, I think, with the sense that weas a nation of immigrantsneed to pay far closer attention to where we are going, and to develop public policies and resources toward genuine solutions. Terrible burdens are being paid every day for lack of thison both sides of the equation.

I hated this book! Hated hated hated!
It was slow and really boring at ALL times.
One of the worst books I have ever picked up. This is truly no literature for the faint of heart, but a great piece of social critic screaming out of each piece of this work.

Boyle has a unique writing style by dissecting the problems of trends, ages, immanent structural problems, human behavior, etc. and showing them in a grim, dark way. Here lies the problem that many readers might get offended or simply disturbed by the way he describes the mentality of whole nations by transporting their wrong ideals by implanting them into the characters.

I guess that many haters simply don´t like the fact that he mirrors their thinking and mentality and that´s the worst one could do with those people, because as the old sayings go: "Haters gonna hate" which lead to the wisdom of "Don´t feed the troll." There will certainly be readers too that just don´t like his writing style, but I believe that much of the negative critic and the reason Boyle isn´t as far known as he could and should lie in this dilemma.

This is no fun read, it´s a total downer and close to a fictional, sociological study and something that definitively stays in mind because the topics it deals with are omnipresent grievances. It simply and drastically shows the results of racism and discrimination, of unfairly distributed wealth and the horrible manifestations of it.

A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books: