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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New edition edition (19 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862071527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862071520
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

T. 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.

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Format: Paperback
Felix (our narrator) has the lure of easy money dangled before him by his hyper-wheeler-dealer friend Vogelsang. Grow 2000 dope plants and enjoy the riches. Felix ropes in his buddies Phil and Gesh and, with expert guidance from a botanist friend of Vogelsang's, they are off on the road to riches.
Or not...what follows is a hilarious and well written account of Murphy's Law in action. I wondered whether there was more than an element of autiobigraphy in this story - the details seem too crisp for the author to be detachedly creating them as he goes along.
Without giving the plot away (and there is a twist, for Vogelsang is one of life's schemers), I was also a little let-down by the ending...it seemed too much of a cop out - as though our narrator were desperately trying to hold our attention by tying up the loose ends before retiring to smoke a fat one.
Still, I thoroughly enjoyed Boyle's dextrous prose and thanked it for being the best introduction to his writing.
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Budding Prospects is almost a great book, the first three quarters are excellent, but the spark seems to go out a little towards the end and the ending itself feels a little unsatisfactory, nevertheless this is a highly amusing and very readbale novel.
Set in the early 80s three losers are given a chance to hole up in the backwoods and make half a million dollars growing two thousand illicit dope plants.
Of course everything that can go wromg does, and the litany of disastors which befall the farmers mostly at their own hands is hilarious.
the characters are superbly drawn throughout, and the delivery keeps you turning the pages, everything gets set up for a great finale which never actually happens, this book really could have gone out with a bang, but it just doesnt happen.
Remniscent in a way of A Simple Plan, with the added bonus of being centred around a dope growing operation, about which the author seems to have extremeley good knowledge.
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Completely different from "Water Music"... but still an outstanding piece of writing...
All about hoping to make a fortune , the easy way.... but it not working out how its supposed to....
Again , just read it....
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By A Customer on 11 April 1999
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I'll keep this short and simple. I was drawn to this book because it was a book about a "quiter" and I feel I can relate to that. A story about some Californian drop outs attempt to make it rich with an illegal canabis farming operation may not appeal to everyone.
I guarantee it's worth it for the amount of comedy value that the author manges to pack into just about every sentence. Ironically it's one of the few books that I haven't quit on in the last year or so.
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