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The Tortilla Curtain Audiobook

The Tortilla Curtain

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Publisher's Summary

Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacker lead an ordered, sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: He is a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine.

From the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delany into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.

Winner of the Prix Medicis Etranger and now a major motion picture.

©1995 T. Coraghessan Boyle; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Narration by the Author or Authors

"A compelling story of myopic misunderstanding and mutual tragedy." (Chicago Tribune)

"This highly engaging story subtly plays on our consciences, forcing us to form, confirm, or dispute social, political, and moral viewpoints....Boyle manages to address these issues in a nonjudgmental fashion, depicting the vast inequity in [the characters'] parallel existences. This is a profound and tragic tale." (Booklist)

“This novel examines America's guerrilla war between the haves and have-nots with a zing unequalled since The Bonfire of the Vanities.” (The Observer)

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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 07-31-07
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 07-31-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Too stylized"

    The subject is important and the differences in perspectives between residents and illegal immgrants is key, but all main characters are overdone and charactures. There is enough reality for me to wish the author had written the same story, but with more humanity and sensitiviity.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbi B 07-14-07
    Bobbi B 07-14-07
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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed listening to the author read his book. The story was very enlightening to me regarding the different issues each character had to face.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Irishconfusion Ray, MI, United States 08-18-07
    Irishconfusion Ray, MI, United States 08-18-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Too little too late"

    I found this book to be quite tedious. The narrator did not appeal to me at all. But even worse, I kept waiting for the two story lines in this book to intersect. They finally do. Unfortunately I had to wait until the very last minute of the book for this to happen. I was disappointed.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bill S. 12-13-12
    Bill S. 12-13-12

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    "Fantastic"
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    Great, deep themes. Wonderful characters. Emotional, despairing, frustrating. Like not being able to look away from a train wreck. Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Parola138 Czech Republic 11-30-11
    Parola138 Czech Republic 11-30-11 Listener Since 2005

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    This book blew me away. I am impressed that the writer could pen both sides- the yuppie white folks living in their suburban fortresses, and the down-and-out mexicans living in the woods, with such authenticity. Narration was great.

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    Robert GOLDENS BRIDGE, NEW YORK, United States 10-11-09
    Robert GOLDENS BRIDGE, NEW YORK, United States 10-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A Bit Disappointed in this One"

    I have enjoyed short stories by this author, but I didn't particularly enjoy this novel. There are no likeable characters and the story is quite unbelievable without feeling exactly like a fantasy. So many details that aim to make this sound authentic, but it didn't work for me.

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    Demetra 11-18-08
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    "Had to pull the curtain!!"

    I could not finish this book. I kept waiting for the story to start. I listened for several hours and felt like it was all background. So much negativity, depression and disaster. This is the first audiobook I had to quit listening to. I read the reviews before I bought it and I can't believe so many people loved it. Guess I'm just a murder, mystery kind of girl.

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    chris las vegas, NV, United States 07-23-07
    chris las vegas, NV, United States 07-23-07
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    "ridiculously great"

    People don't write books like this anymore and people rarely read books of this caliber any more. This is hands down a classic. Writing is top notch. Story compelling. The events and emotions poignant. The reading of it is great too. One of the best I've heard on audio.

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    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 04-26-16
    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 04-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow! Amazing reading by the author!!!"

    This is one of the better books that I have read in several decades and I have been devouring literature for a long time. Surprisingly, the GREAT reading was done by the author! I have always hated author narration, but TC Boyle is an exception. I highly recommend this audio book to anyone even slightly interested in immigration issues, poverty, or just a thought-provoking narrative about socioeconomic issues in the USA. It's also entertaining and moves right along for those of you who are looking for entertainment rather than thought........

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    Danika Bueno 01-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    I thought this book was overly dramatic and depressing...but that's just me I like upbeat novels or enticing thrillers not whatever can go wrong will books

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