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San Miguel


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ISBN13: 9780670026241
ISBN10: 0670026247
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linvwert, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by linvwert)
In San Miguel, T.C. Boyle tells the story of two families living on the Channel Island called San Miguel off the coast of southern California. The stories are a prequel to Boyle's previous book about the Channel Islands entitled When The Killing's Done. The first family arrives from San Francisco to run a sheep ranch in 1888. The more modern family comes from the east coast in the 1930s and 1940s as World War II changes the world around them. Like all of Boyle's fiction, it is a book of conflicts and contrasts. Some of the characters are seeking peace and isolation while others long for connection and companionship. Life on the rugged island is filled with natural beauty as well as wild destructive forces. Boyle's masterful writing is rich with historical detail. The characters come alive as Boyle reveals their inner struggles, doubts and human frailties. I was completely captured by this book from the first chapter and hated to put it down, even after I'd finished it. The memorable characters and their unique story stayed with me long after the book was closed. Great historical fiction can provide a window through time to connect with lives long gone. San Miguel is one of those great books.
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nomad88, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by nomad88)
Historical fiction can be tricky to plausibly create, but T. C. Boyle is the master. After finishing The Women, I couldn't wait to dive into San Miguel. Two completely different tales -- both utterly convincing and satisfying. San Miguel was especially compelling knowing that these characters were based on the lives of little-known individuals. I'm so glad I learned their story through Boyle's vivid and authentic narration.
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marysarko, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by marysarko)
The novel was based on actual diaries of the inhabitants of the island San Miguel. The characters and the drama of everyday life are richly drawn.

A compelling portrayal that shows that life on the extreme margins of society is still not isolated from social pressures or the weight of history.

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awisehart, October 3, 2012 (view all comments by awisehart)
This is a beautifully written novel told from the point of view of three women living on San Miguel island off the coast of California at different times over the course of 60 years. While the stories are a bit disjointed - each could have been a separate novel or novella - the characters are complex and compelling. Boyle's descriptions of the island are vivid, and the setting integrates beautifully into the narrative of the story. A thoroughly transporting, enjoyable read!
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Boyle, T. C.
Viking Books
Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Mystery & Detective - General
Stories (single author)
Literature-A to Z
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "On New Year's Day 1888, the ailing Marantha Waters sails across San Francisco Bay to remote San Miguel Island with her second husband and adopted daughter in hopes that the fresh air will restore her health. Marantha and her family, city folk by nature, risk the last of her inheritance on a farm lashed by wind and rain; removed from the pleasant distractions of late Victorian society and thrust into primitive living conditions, the Waters find themselves left with little to do but discover the strengths and weaknesses in themselves and in each other. Decades later during the Depression, Elise and Herbie Lester take over the farm and undergo their own transformations. Ripe with exhaustively researched period detail, Boyle's epic saga of struggle, loss, and resilience (after When the Killing's Done) tackles Pacific pioneer history with literary verve. The author subtly interweaves the fates of Native Americans, Irish immigrants, Spanish and Italian migrant workers, and Chinese fishermen into the Waters' and the Lesters' lives, but the novel is primarily a history of the land itself, unchanging despite its various visitors and residents, and as beautiful, imperfect, and unrelenting as Boyle's characters. Agent: Georges Borchardt. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "An absorbing work of historical fiction based on the lives of two real families who resided on San Miguel island in the 19th and 20th centuries...the intensity of Boyle's narrative never lets it flag."
"Review" by , "A saga of women, three women brought to the island by men...Boyle has carved out a beautiful, damp, atmospheric novel, sharp and exacting...[his] spirited novels are a reckoning with consequence laced with humor, insight, and pathos."
"Review" by , "Throughout his career, Boyle has shown a fascination with remote, forgotten places as a kind of stage where various shadings of the American character are revealed....As always, he fills his pages with wonderfully precise character studies and lush descriptions of the physical landscape."
"Review" by , "The story of two families who lived on the windiest and wildest of the Channel Islands...the layering of these isolated lives, the archeology of human habitation, the different responses to self-sufficiency make this one of the most satisfying novels in Boyle's canon."
"Review" by , "In T.C. Boyle's San Miguel, two strong women generations apart are seduced and mistreated by the same powerful entity — not a man but a starkly beautiful, barely inhabited island off the California coast....Boyle portrays the heartbreaking toll San Miguel takes on these couples in a novel as beguiling as the island itself."
"Review" by , "In his latest novel, this prolific man of letters focuses on one of his most engaging subjects: the inner lives of women....Boyle devotes meticulous attention to the unforgiving weather and the challenges of sheer survival, to the mute compromises of marriage and to the unspoken experience of all women who rage, endure, and prevail."
"Review" by , "The pioneer mystique — its romance, and its disillusions — is the subject of T.C. Boyle's San Miguel, in which the promise of a natural paradise draws two adventure-seeking women to the remote Channel Islands, fifty years apart."
"Review" by , "A richly rewarding read....As ever, Boyle's prose is vivid and precise, and he imbues his subjects with wonderful complexity. The perils and pleasures of island living, the limits to natural resources, and the echoes of war all provide ample grist for his mill."
"Review" by , "The fourteenth novel from Boyle returns to the Channel Islands off the coast of California, a setting which served him so well in his previous novel....What may seem to some like paradise offers no happy endings in this fine novel."
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