Talk Talk

Talk Talk In a novel that is at once a thrilling road trip across America and a moving tale about love language and who we are the bestselling author of The Inner Circle and Drop City offers a timely story a

  • Title: Talk Talk
  • Author: T.C. Boyle
  • ISBN: 9780670037704
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Talk Talk

    In a novel that is at once a thrilling road trip across America and a moving tale about love, language, and who we are, the bestselling author of The Inner Circle and Drop City offers a timely story about a woman in desperate pursuit of a man who has stolen her identity.

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    1. Orsodimondo

      TALK TALKEntertainment. Di classe. Di quello che sarebbe potuto piacere a Graham Greene, che di entertainment s’intendeva assai.Thriller. Di classe.Non come quelli che hanno frasi che durano mezzo rigo, più punti che parole Boyle sa come scrivere una frase, renderla composita, farla durare quel tanto che basta ad ammaliare senza confondere.Eppure TC Boyle irride il suo editore che reclamizzava questo romanzo come thriller: Non so se ho scritto un thriller. Non leggo mai thriller perché mi an [...]

    2. Laura

      The two protagonists, Dana and Bridger, were thrust into a horrible situation when Dana's identity was stolen, but the pair really didn't handle the problem realistically or well, which was aggravating to read (Bridger phoning the identity thief--and using his own personal cell to do it, no less--never seemed like a good idea to me). On top of this, the antagonist, about whom every other chapter is devoted, is so unrepentantly evil--absolutely no ambiguity there--that I found him just painfully [...]

    3. Chris

      All right, I finally finished this one. About halfway through I realized it had the potential to be a huge stinker, and I'm sorry to say that was borne out. While T.C. Boyle is a very good writer--The Tortilla Curtain is a work of the highest art--what keeps him from being a great one is that he tries to do too much sometimes. Talk Talk is supposed to be a thriller, Ok? And I'm all right with an author playing around with the conventions of a genre, but only when it's cool and fresh and doesn't [...]

    4. Janet

      I love TC Boyle, love his richly described worlds, his conflict-ridden rollercoaster plots. This one was definitely worth the headlong plunge, a deaf woman who becomes victim of an identity theft, and the ensuing alternation between her story and that of her lover, a special effects artist who becomes deeply involved in the pursuit of the culprit, and the sociopathic identity thief, another one of Boyle's wonderful narcissist rageaholic antagonists. However, it wasn't a perfect book, in that it [...]

    5. Edward Bradburn

      Does T.C. Boyle ever write a book that isn't simply superb? Unputdownable story of a stolen identity and a mismatched couple with strong undercurrents seething underneath their relationship -- which the oddball turn of events will soon force to the surface.As to the fact that one of the protagonists is deaf I think the characterization of Dana is so strong, that I'm not sure it really *is* about her deafness, really. I mean, there are moments when one appreciates her "otherness" (for me, as a " [...]

    6. jo

      i really like the cover of this book. the perfect white teeth, no ridges on the edges, the beautiful red lip. it has nothing to do with the book – the image i mean. or the title. the title has nothing to do with the book either. and you know what? it's a real shame, because i don't know how many good novels there are that depict the deaf experience but, me, i haven't come across any other than this, and t.c. boyle is a great writer who can write intelligently about all sorts of things, but on [...]

    7. Roderick Hart

      The title refers to the habit deaf people have of vocalising – often unconsciously, since they cannot hear themselves doing it – while signing. They are communicating in two ways at once, hence ‘Talk Talk’.The ‘heroine’ of this book, Dana Halter, is deaf. Her identity is stolen by one William ‘Peck’ Wilson, resulting in great trauma for her when she is pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Wilson has a string of violations under the name Dana Halter and she is arrested, rema [...]

    8. Katrina

      After hearing Stephen Colbert read Boyle's short story "The Lie" on NPR's program Selected Shorts I decided to follow more of Boyle's work. I liked Talk Talk because the characters were easily relatable. They're real. They remind me of people I know, or could know, and I even got annoyed with them as I could with any good friend. But I still liked them, even when I didn't like how they behaved. Even the antagonist stuck to the gray areas and while I never really rooted for him, it was often hard [...]

    9. Christine Bonheure

      De eerste pagina’s vind ik echt de moeite waard, maar gaandeweg valt het verhaal in elkaar. Waaraan dat ligt weet ik niet echt. Het onderwerp is goed gekozen, het toont hoe gemakkelijk het is om iemands identiteitsgegevens te stelen en te leven op andermans kosten. Ook het steeds wisselende perspectief vind ik positief. Boyle vertelt het verhaal van de slachtoffers én van de crimineel. De crimineel staat vanaf het begin aan de verkeerde kant, maar eigenlijk is hij ook slachtoffer. Hij kan gee [...]

    10. christa

      The "chase-scene-as-plot-structure" can be an exhausting thing. The chaos, the misunderstandings, the almosts, and coincidences. It can all decompose into a sloppy, cartoonish stink. Racing to finish the book instead of reading and enjoying the tension and feeling the characters' burdens. Typically, I consider this the lazy writing of an author with a to-do list -- a wacky hijinks quota. "Talk Talk" by TC Boyle is a welcome exception. It opens with Dana Hartley, a deaf woman who is late for a de [...]

    11. Ben

      The exposition's a bit weak, and that leaves one questioning from the start the reality of a work that is trying to explore how people manufacture their own realities (and then how those realities clash with the realities of others). On that level the thing felt unfinished; the necessary work hadn't been done, but you could see how with a bit more polishing it would have been delicious all the way through. Whenever I suspended my disbelief for five minutes, a puppet string would be left showing [...]

    12. Antula

      I barely broke through the endless number of the pages of this book. Must admit, I skipped the most of the paragraphs of the last hundred something pages. Full of unnecessary details, like how did a waitress looked at her, what he is cooking today, what did they ate, drink or spot through the car window. And none of that didn`t get us closer to the protagonists or the antagonist. They remained distanced, closed, boring and uninteresting. The title of this book should be `Don`t talk, don`t talk` [...]

    13. Jacob

      Nice idea, but this was like too many stories where coincidence played too much of a part and it became just unbelievable. The characters were very one-dimensional and I basically slogged through waiting for something to happen or for some reveal as to why this or that I'm even disinterested in the review. Just left me with nothing in the end.

    14. Brenda

      This book is about a deaf gal being a victim of identity theft and trying to reclaim it. I enjoyed the first half of the book but the second half started to drag (at least for me). I was anxiously hurrying to finish it so I didn't enjoy it as much as I did with the first half.

    15. Megan

      I really enjoyed this book and liked it better than Drop City. It was a quick read and and a page-turner. And thought some might not like the ending, I did.

    16. Stefani

      Finally managed to finish it after 2 years. I skimmed huge chunks of it, truth be told. I wanted to read it because back in the day I wanted to write a similar story (identity theft). However, since then, I've lost interest in writing that story so this book is no longer relevant as research material. The writing is slow and there are oh so many details the book can do without. I'm putting it on my unhaul pile.

    17. Lisabet Sarai

      You never know what to expect when you pick up a book by T.C. Boyle. In the case of TALK TALK, I was totally misled by the log line: There's more than one way to take a life. Murder, I thought. However, the triggering event in this novel is not murder, but identity theft. The victim, Dr. Dana Halter, is a fiercely independent deaf woman who teaches literature, a Type-A personality determined to control her own destiny. When she's stopped for running a red light, the police discover she's wanted [...]

    18. Dale

      This is the twentieth book I read on my commute, another modern lit novel, but not a comedy. In fact, I'm hard-pressed to label the type of story this narrative represents (which probably speaks well of the book in and of itself). It's not a coming-of-age story, or an adventure story, or a love story, although it has some minor superficial resemblances to all of those. It's a story wherein non-ordinary things happen to ordinary people, which draws them into conflict, but there's no good way for [...]

    19. Sandra Bašić

      "Kasnila je, uvijek kasni, to joj je mana, svjesna je, ali nije mogla pronaći torbu, a kad ju je uspjela locirati (ispod plave samtene jakne na vješalici za kapute u predsoblju), nije mogla naći ključeve."Ovako počinje uradak T. Coraghessana Boylea, svojevrstan psihološki triler o nečemu što čovjek s ovih prostora baš i ne može zamisliti. Kašnjenje i gubitak ključeva bili su mačji kašalj za ono što je toga dana predstojalo Dani Halter, gluhonijemoj profesorici engleskog jezika, u [...]

    20. mark

      I read many of the other reviews and will use them for a springboard. This is a character driven novel. There are four main characters, 3 of who are extraordinary, 1 who is average. At different times, I identified with all four to the point of water rising in my eyes. (That's good writing.) It is a novel about the contemporary "The road trip." I love road trips and I identified with that. (That's good writing.) It's a novel about the struggle to be understood and I could identify with that. (Th [...]

    21. Alexandra

      Manche Leser meinen, dies sei der schlechteste Boyle, das finde ich gar nicht, dennoch läßt mich dieses Buch zwiegespalten zurück. Ganz T.C.-untypisch wirft der Autor den Leser sofort direkt in die Geschichte, bereits auf der ersten Seite passiert wesentliches, und das Tempo der Story reisst bis zum Schuss nicht ab. Das ist nicht das typische episch breite Herumgelabere des Autors, und dieser neue Stil hat mich außerordentlich begeistert. Auch das Thema des Romans - Identitätsdiebstahl - is [...]

    22. Lola Picayo

      Overall, Talk Talk is a potentially thrilling story, but it is overshadowed by an unrealistic sequence of events, ¨too much¨ poetic language and a cheap ending. Talk Talk outlines an initially realistic plot of a deaf woman struggling with identity theft, but soon becomes unbelievable as the protagonists Dana and Bridger take a cross-country trek in hopes of finding the dangerous man who stole her identity. The fact that neither of them contact the police in their search for an ex-con, seems h [...]

    23. Joshua

      I'm on a crazy book binge this month. It helps that I didn't go to work due to an ice storm in Tulsa so just lounged around the house in my pajamas all day. This is the tenth novel of Boyle's I've read--counted them, I haven't missed a novel he's done--plus a couple of short story collections. Just on sheer numbers, I don't think I've read more stuff by any other writer. So, I guess you could say he's a favorite of mine.Talk Talk is kind of different for Boyle. It's a thriller actually. All the [...]

    24. Kit

      Boyle is an excellent writer. His book "The Inner Circle", which was about sex researcher Kinsey was excellent (MUCH better than the movie with Liam Neeson). However, he missed the boat with this thriller. He creates a thoroughly despicable sociopath villain, then lets him escape at the end of the book! This is definitely against all thriller rules and was most unsatisfying. In addition, the hero and heroine behave in a really stupid way, running off in pursuit of a man they know to be dangerous [...]

    25. Bookmarks Magazine

      In his 18th book of fiction, T. C. Boyle wildly impresses some critics (as he often does) but leaves a few critics wanting more. The slick, page-turning plot becomes "sadly undermined by a forced, slap-dash ending that feels as if it had been grafted on at the last minute" (New York Times). That aside, Boyle's first entry in the suspense genre is a welcome addition that showcases his rich characterizations and high-flying prose. In Talk Talk, the ease of assuming a new identity appears frighteni [...]

    26. Debra

      Stephen King recommended book. He said in Entertainment Weekly's column My Top 20 of 2011: "Dana Halter is a schoolteacher with a good life and a handicap (which she refuses to think of as a handicap): She's deaf. Everything changes when she's pulled over after failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign. Instead of the ticket she expects, she's handcuffed and taken to jail. What follows is a richly written novel of escalating tension and a character study of an amoral identity thief you m [...]

    27. Michael Livingston

      A compelling enough read but one that never really transcends the genre in the way you can feel the author trying to. The protagonists are frustrating in ways that I imagine were meant to feel realistic, but instead seemed jarring. The idea of exploring the ways in which deaf people experience the world within a thriller was a promising one, but in the end Boyle falls a bit short on both counts. A shame, because it has the kernel of something wonderful in it.

    28. Rhonda Hess

      This riveting story is well worth the dud ending for it's insight into the challenging world of the deaf, the horrors of identity theft, and the steep costs of rage.Dana is a young independent deaf woman who lands in jail after running a stop sign for serious crimes committed by someone who stole her identity. Because the police don't have the resources to pursue these types of criminals, Dana and her boyfriend chase the guy across country as he serially steals the identities of others.

    29. Kate Burstein

      Overall, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced action book. I read it with my book group, so it was a great way to step out of my "typical" genre choice.On a surface level, I enjoyed this book, but I did have difficulty believing aspects of the storyline which took away from the experiene.

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