The Savagery of T.C. Boyle


So while there might be those out there who really want to elevate (and pigeonhole) Boyle as an important writer dedicating his career and talents to considering these seminal concerns of the American character (or whatever), Harder proves he’s too slick for that. Too clever. And between the bullets, the drugs, the SWAT teams and the insanity, maybe a bit too savage for the ivory tower as well.

For NPR, Jason Sheehan reviews T.C. Boyle’s new novel, The Harder They Come, and explains how Boyle’s work often hinges on sudden bursts of violence.

P.E. Garcia is an Editor-at-Large for the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. They currently live in Philadelphia, where they were recently accidentally elected to be Judge of Elections. Find them on Twitter: @AvantGarcia. More from this author →