Talk Talk (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
No writer of fiction serves up contemporary American comedy better than T. Coraghessan Boyle, author of ten previous novels and eight collections of short stories. In his short stories, particularly, he writes about timely topics and quirky characters who reflect the multicultural society of transients, immigrants, and misfits and the postfeminist fallout of assertive women and men who cannot cope. His style, distinguished by colorful similes and an impressive vocabulary that mixes learned dictionary words with jargon, slang, and obscenity, perfectly captures the high colloquial sound of spoken American English. Over his work hangs a pall of dark humor convinced of the fallibility of human endeavor.
Boyle brings all these comedic features to his novel Talk Talk. The main subject of Talk Talk is identity theft, a rapidly growing problem of the electronic information age. Along the way Boyle takes satiric shots at such diverse targets as brown-shirted police, the bureaucratic court system, lawyers, consumerism, haute cuisine, workplace politics, the dumbing down of the media, fast food, and bias against the deaf. He also gives due recognition to the mushrooming technological ambience: In a way, Talk Talk could be called the first saga of the cell phone, which comes into play frequently in the novel. The novel also combines...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
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