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  • Title: East Is East
  • Author: T.C. Boyle
  • ISBN: 9780140131673
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Young Japanese seaman Hiro Tanaka, inspired by dreams of the City of Brotherly Love and trained in the ways of the samurai, jumps ship off the coast of Georgia and swims into a net of rabid rednecks, genteel ladies, descendants of slaves, and the denizens of an artists colony In the hands of T Coraghessan Boyle, praised by Digby Diehl in Playboy as one of the most exciYoung Japanese seaman Hiro Tanaka, inspired by dreams of the City of Brotherly Love and trained in the ways of the samurai, jumps ship off the coast of Georgia and swims into a net of rabid rednecks, genteel ladies, descendants of slaves, and the denizens of an artists colony In the hands of T Coraghessan Boyle, praised by Digby Diehl in Playboy as one of the most exciting young fiction writers in America, the result is a sexy, hilarious tragicomedy of thwarted expectations and mistaken identity, love, jealousy, and betrayal.
    East Is East Young Japanese seaman Hiro Tanaka inspired by dreams of the City of Brotherly Love and trained in the ways of the samurai jumps ship off the coast of Georgia and swims into a net of rabid rednecks

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    1. One thing T.C Boyle does better than just about anyone else is tackling the Big Ideas without looking like he s tackling them In East Is East Boyle gives us a story that, in summary, appears to be a straightforward genre exercise about a manhunt for a Japanese immigrant on a small island off the coast of Georgia Of course what Boyle s really dealing with are issues like honor, the fickleness of art and artists , American and Japanese prejudice, and the corrosive influence of jealousy And, as wit [...]

    2. I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable from the first paragraph to the very last word It was an easy read and a fun story but still had depth It s the story of searching for one s identity and place in the world, of prejudice and preconceived notions, of misunderstandings Hiro Tanaka is born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white father who abandoned them before he was born As a half breed he is never accepted in Japan, so at the age of 20 he decides to get a job as a cook on a ship bou [...]

    3. This is the 4th TC Boyle book I have read and I gotta say, I don t like him His books start out so great and the writing is beautiful but as a story teller phew Around the middle of the story you start to have to make yourself finish the book and I have not liked one ending of any of his books But hey that is just me This is college core reading, just the kind of thing a lit prof would want you to read, and wish they had written.

    4. Quiz es el m s flojo de Boyle pero es un 5 estrellas IGUAL porque es un Boyle y cualquier Boyle es siempre GENIAL.

    5. this is volume two of a strange coincidental random three book tour of the waterlands of the SE United States, starting with the beaches of South Carolina in the execrably maudlin goo fest that is David Baldacci s One Summer , then traveling further south to the islands and the vast Okefenokee Swamp girding Savannah, Georgia in this book, East is East , and finally landing in South Florida around the 10,000 Islands Lake Okeechobee swamplands in duh Swamplandia , wonderfully whimsical sigh As I w [...]

    6. This was a very interesting read with T.C Boyle s usual raw imagery and quirky story line Although I wasn t drawn into it immediately, there came a point where I suddenly couldn t put it down A gripping multicultural story about travel and identity.

    7. Read this long long ago and the memory is dimming Another T.C Boyle with lovely lovely writing and his typically 90 degree off normal slant on things.

    8. Great T.C Boyle style Interesting characters Satire and humor with pathos for the underdog Young mixed blood Japanese seaman jumps ship off the Georgia coast and comes ashore on a swampy island inhabited by red necks, negroes, and an elite creative artist and writers retreat Hilarious and sad events involve his efforts to stay alive in the swamp, to get off the island The contrasting cultures of Japan and the American south are on a collision course.

    9. I guess I liked this book but not as much as Drop City The characters seemed a bit too predictable even if this was a kind of madcap adventure It was ok but not much than that.

    10. I read this book because Stepehn King mentioned it in his biography He described life in the Thanatopsis artist colony and that made me want to read the whole story The story was interesting enough to finish it in a few days and I liked the way Boyle used japanese words in Hiros chapters But Ruth Dershowitz she was annoying The woman lives in a perfect world for every writer an all she s concerned about is her social status and her looks Interesting because you learn about japanese culture but i [...]

    11. I m giving this book 3 stars, though I guess it would be closer to 3.5 stars if I could do that Boyle is an amazing writer, with perfect analogies and atmospheric environmental descriptions, and the plot was generally exciting and well thought out But the book could have been shorter by cutting out some unnecessarily slow pacing and repetition I liked it, I really did, but it just didn t hook me enough for me to round it up to 4 stars.And now onto my general thoughts and ramblings while reading [...]

    12. English is not my first language so I first was wondering if reading TC Boyle in original language was not too ambitious of me even if I read San Miguel in English too.Anyway, with East is East, I was engulfed very quickly in the story, as usual with this author, and I enjoyed every line of it, the rythm and the music all came back very naturally Few time ago I also read The Women about Frank Lloyd wright, and the narrator also being a Japanese American, I kind of connected again, curious to see [...]

    13. He was swimming, rotating from front to back, thrashing his arms and legs and puffing out his cheeks, and it seemed as if he d been swimming forever He did the crawl, the breaststroke, the yokohama kick Tiring, he clung to the cork life ring like some shapeless creature from the depths, a pale certificate of flesh Sometime during the fifth hour, he began to think of soup Miso shiru, rice chowder, the thin sea stinking broth his grandmother would make of fish and eel And then he thought of beer b [...]

    14. Mitte des 18 Jahrhunderts in Japan Ein japanisches Handelsschiff wird auf dem Weg nach Edo von einem Sturm heimgesucht und treibt monatelang auf offener See Schlie lich strandet die Mannschaft von Kapit n Kodayu an einer Insel und muss feststellen, dass Klima und die d monenhaften Bewohner so gar nicht Japan hneln, sie also weit weg von ihrer Heimat sind Zuf lligerweise sind auch Russen auf der Aleuten Insel, bei denen sie Unterkunft finden Verst ndigen k nnen sie sich mit ihnen nat rlich nicht [...]

    15. Hiro Tanaka is a Japanese sailor with an unknown American father He grew up in Japan and has always felt and looked an outsider When the ship he s working on nears the American coast, he jumps overboard and swims to shore.He lands at Georgia near an artists colony Here works Ruth Dershowitz, a beginning writer She is the second main character of the book.Ruth is very keen to become a successful writer but the story she works on does not progress very well When she has the chance to hide Hiro fro [...]

    16. I d read a book of Boyle s short stories Descent Of Man last summer and enjoyed the rather quirky approach that most of them took Very unusual and unique ideas and concepts exploredjust right So I picked this up for 5.00 and wasn t let down Essentially, it s a fish out of water story, a look at the myth of American acceptance, and the pretensions of literary figures The story starts with a Japanese sailor abandons ship after a scuffle on board and heads to America on a life ring Hiro, long mocke [...]

    17. I was prepared to like TC Boyle than I did I m not really sure, but I think I heard something from someone that maybe sounded like he d be my type At the same time, I might be thinking of TS Eliot Anyway I didn t know much while going into this book, but I was prepared to be very, very happy and a little amazed It didn t happen The story is set in a heavy Georgia summer, and Boyle talks of how the air is thick, is overrun, with mosquitos That s kind of how this book is with its adjectives, meta [...]

    18. Hiro Tanaka, a cook on a Japanese freighter loses his shit His boss treat him like crap and Hiro snaps Hiro attacks his boss and jumps off the ship They re off the coast of Georgia and Hiro swims 8 hours to shore.Hiro is half Japanese and half white He doesn t fit in anywhere He believes America will be a peaceful melting pot where people of different races get along, but he s disappointed He s stuck on Tupelo, an island off the Georgia coast After surviving the swim, Hiro approaches a black man [...]

    19. Just re read this again off my own shelves, and am equally impressed as the first time a few years ago Maybe I am thinking how cool it would have been if Hiro had further adventures on the mainrand The swamp part, I get it, was awesome, but why not go on to The City Of Brotherly Love This story could have easily gone into book two or three Anyway, this is a book I reaad twice and liked even better the second time Highly recommended This book was hilarious and subversive, right up my alley I am [...]

    20. It is not often these days I add something to my yuck shelf This is the first one in a long time I have tried to both be fair with other writers and also, the first yuck purge was of books I have mostly had political hardships with.This book however I felt was pretty gross This might be an accomplishment of itself for some writers, it does not wash though in my universe I am not going to tell you the ending so I don t spoil your experience but it is in the realm of other books that left me with [...]

    21. At the heart of this epic adventure is the quest for human acceptance and understanding The expectation of these things fuels the dramatic turbine, propelling the story forward Written from the point of view of a rotating cast of characters, their motives encompass everything from the viciously superficial to the task of survival itself Set mostly on Tupelo Island around an artist colony , residents work on creative pursuits, in separate huts throughout the day and engage in cocktails and sharin [...]

    22. 1 This is especially fun because it takes place in my neighborhood He talks about Tupelo Island but he s really talking about Sapelo Island The old Gullah community is still there and still called Hog Hammock I ll have to check if the artist s retreat is real or not But they make trips to Darien and Sea Island, both just up the road Boyle researches amazingly well He also includes some Japanese background in this story of clashing cultures I don t really like any of the characters but the story [...]

    23. Started out strongly but somewhere along the way I feel Boyle lost his focus American culture viewed through Japanese eyes was done so well in the beginning, but devolved into simple mispronunciations really mainrand It seems this was done to make room for lengthy depictions of Ruth coming to terms with her own insecurities not a terrible exploration in and of itself, but quite disappointing in the context of what I was led to believe this novel would depict This was not, as the NY Times blurb [...]

    24. I wish there was a way to do half stars because I debated between 3 4 stars East is East follows two people Hiro Ruth Hiro is a shipwrecked Japanese man running from the INS and Police who believe he committed murder He had come to the United States to find his American father because he never felt like he fit in in Japan The other, Ruth, is an undistinguished writer living among much noteworthy authors in an artists colony By hiding Hiro, Ruth finds a voice for her stories and the confidence t [...]

    25. Great book T.C Boyle s books always wish a few certain writer friends of mine would finish their novels This book manages to move from cover to cover without one entirely sympathetic character It is a dance of prejudice and misunderstanding set in a writer s colony on an island in the deep south He comes very close to allowing the book s perspective to be as prejudiced as his characters, but manages to skirt by a little too close in the cat fight dynamic between two female characters The contras [...]

    26. Offspring of a young Japanese woman and a spaced out American hippie briefly entranced with Japan, Hiro Tanaka grows up scorned as a half breed in his racially pure homeland So when he nears America aboard the sailing vessel on which he serves as cook s assistant, Hiro literally jumps ship He s sure that in America a man of mixed race can easily fit in, but he s in for a big surprise Landing on Tupelo Island near Georgia, he inadvertently frightens a number of witless residents and thus finds hi [...]

    27. Hmm, not sure how I feel about this book I did like the writing a lot I have a really good picture in my head of the island and the houses and people and the food and everything it s all very lush and southern and jungly steamy.On the other hand, the plot Idiot Japanese guy who is obsessed with Mishima, which is kind of like being obsessed with Ayn Rand is sort of shipwrecked and crashing around in the underbrush, and a bunch of idiot Americans think he s some kind of dangerous criminal, ha ha.P [...]

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