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A Friend of the Earth | [T. C. Boyle]

A Friend of the Earth

A Friend of the Earth opens in the year 2025, as Tyrone O'Shaughnessy Tidewater ekes out a bleak living in southern California, managing a rock star's private menagerie. Global warming is a reality. The biosphere has collapsed and most of the major mammalian species are extinct.
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Publisher's Summary

A Friend of the Earth opens in the year 2025, as Tyrone O'Shaughnessy Tidewater ekes out a bleak living in southern California, managing a rock star's private menagerie. Global warming is a reality. The biosphere has collapsed and most of the major mammalian species are extinct.

Once Ty was so seriously committed to environmental causes that he became an ecoterrorist and convicted felon. Once he unwittingly endangered both his daughter, Sierra, and his wife, Andrea. Now when he's just trying to survive, Andrea comes back into his life. What happens as the two slip into a reborn involvement makes for a gripping and topical story told in Boyle's uniquely funny and serious voice.

©2000 T.C. Boyle; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Funny and touching, antic and affecting . . . while Boyle''s humor is as black as ever, he demonstrates that satire can coexist with psychological realism, comedy with compassion." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

"As disaster tales go, this is a sly, hip one...Boyle has always liked to play circus barker for life's extremes and what better freak show than the environmental apocalypse itself?" (The Washington Post)

"Both entertaining and informative...hits like a warning shot from twenty-five years into the future." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Peppy Floyd, VA 10-19-05
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    "The Future"

    If you're aware of enviromental problems this book will make perfect and scarey sense. Plus, boyle's great writing makes this a can't-put-down book (listen).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tula 09-16-11
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    "Narrator kills book"

    I could not get through this book simply because of the over-heated style of the narrator. The story was swamped by the endless emoting and all subtlety lost in the melodramatic pitch. What a shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Woodstock, GA, USA 04-26-07
    Luke Woodstock, GA, USA 04-26-07
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    "ok"

    I really liked "Talk Talk" so I listened to all of TC Boyle's audio books. This one was ok. It seemed a little too dark for me. There's no true hero and lots of villians, to put it bluntly. But, its still worth a credit.

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    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 12-11-05
    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 12-11-05 Member Since 2002

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    "? the future"

    A commendable attempt to focus attention on the evils of global warming, deforestation, extinction of animal species. But is it realistic to portray the world as its portrayed here in 2025? I think its more fantasy. I don't understand how with all the horrors the population of the world is up to 18 billion. Also there's no mention of oil/gas shortages I can recall. Tidewater's behavior goes beyond the extreme into out of touch with reality.
    I'd call this book a miss. Of the 4 Boyle books I've read or heard The Tortilla Curtain is the best.

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