Budding Prospects Paperback – 19 Feb 1998
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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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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.
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.
All about hoping to make a fortune , the easy way.... but it not working out how its supposed to....
Again , just read it....
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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I laughed out loud a lot while I read this excellent and intelligent novel.
T.C. Boyle knows how to tell a good story and how to write well. Read more
I have read a few TC Boyle books and although this one is good, it's a real Boys Own Adventure, and I'm the wrong gender (hence only 4 stars). Read morePublished on 29 July 2008 by Tealady2000
This is such a funny book - one of the very few to have ever made me laugh out loud. It's packed full of the usual TCB verbal dazzling, and the plot and storyline and characters -... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2001