- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (7 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747586195
- ISBN-13: 978-0747586197
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Talk Talk Paperback – 7 May 2007
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`A thriller, road chase and exquisitely modulated examination of
identity' -- Financial Times Magazine
`Boyle is masterful at putting you right there with Dana, feeling
the full force of each injustice' -- Independent
`Boyle is unashamedly an entertainer ... the shambolic criminal
justice system is as well realised as it is in Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the
Vanities' -- Time Out
`Entertaining, headlong, and told with the sharp, droll and
inventive prose one would expect from an author of this calibre' -- Economist
`The writing has real literary polish and the best set-pieces are
superb, illuminating whole social worlds ... hugely entertaining' -- David Robson, Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
T.C. Boyle's novels include World's End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, The Tortilla Curtain, Riven Rock, A Friend of The Earth, Drop City (which was a finalist for the National Book Awards) and The Inner Circle. His stories appear regularly in most major magazines, including the New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Granta and the Paris Review. He lives in California.
Top Customer Reviews
And this is where "Talk Talk" falls down. It is one of TC's duds. The plot is weak, the situations implausible and the ending just made me want to hurl the book across the room as it suffers the same structural weakness as some of Boyle's other works that have also marred my enjoyment with a weak denouement.
That said, Boyle is one of those writers who can be read for the sheer, inventive playfulness of the language. For that, he has three stars and my forgiveness.
But like Dana's deaf-girl driving, it drifted. The action came in fits and starts, with both parties apparently losing interest then getting angry again without much apparent motivation. I'm willing to overlook the elephant in the room - their failure to call the police on countless occasions - because this is a thriller. But the pace just faltered too many times.
I read this book quickly, and yes, I couldn't put it down. I was drawn in again and again, only to find loss of steam and tailing off every time things moved forward.
The book has inevitably dated quickly in the fast rush of digital technology. The protagonists all flip their phones shut, and at one point we're expected to be impressed that Bridger has downloaded and printed off a map from The Internet. Maps? We don't use them now.
The writing is verbose, as you would expect from TCB. At times it's almost laughably over written, but who am I to question this mans skill with words. I actually enjoyed the food theme, the fast food on the road as much as the gourmet stuff served up by the violent ex con. Oh I know, just go with it.
The ending is just so rubbish I can hardly credit it. I'm sure most reviewers here feel they could do better themselves, I feel certain that I could. I would just love to hone and fine tune this book, because I loved the characters, the settings, the whole idea of it so much and I think it lost a lot in the execution.
But I learned a lot, and I enjoyed the ride.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mabe too many storylines made for a book that did not match its promise. It was initially engaging as a novel about identity theft with the protagonist deaf. Read morePublished on 4 May 2013 by "Belgo Geordie"
A book club choice and not one I would have been drawn to myself. But excellent read - must look into this author!Published on 16 Sept. 2012 by Ms Alison E Smith
The hardest thing about being an unconsecrated novelist for the highway scribe, is being an unconsecrated novelist.
Or at least it used to be. Read more
Not sure why so many reviewers are so down on this book. OK so it has some coincidences and implausibility but what thriller doesn't? Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2009 by TonyM
I greatly enjoyed this book and I was surpised to see that others on the whole have been pretty negative about it. Read morePublished on 14 April 2008 by Tealady2000
As an undergrad writing my dissertation on this and East is East I feel compelled to jump to the book's defence! I think people miss the point of T.C Boyle's work. Read morePublished on 25 April 2007 by R. Bromley