The Harder They Come

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Sten Stenson, Vietnam veteran and retired school principal, and his wife, Carolee, are on a cruise in Costa Rica when their coach excursion is hijacked. Sten’s military training overtakes him and within moments one of the attackers lies dead. The rest flee and Sten finds himself hailed a hero by the tour group and everyone back home.Meanwhile, in the redwood forests north of San Francisco, Sara – a farrier who refuses to recognize the authority of the government – is arrested after failing to cooperate with police at a routine stop. A chance meeting with twenty-five-year-old Adam, Sten and Carolee’s unstable son, sparks a strange but passionate relationship fuelled by a mutual hatred of the law. Adam, an angry and misunderstood outsider, perennially dressed in camouflage and with his head shaved to the bone, has an unhealthy obsession with nineteenth-century mountain man John Colter. As Adam’s views and behaviour become steadily more extreme, he descends into a spiral of fanatical violence that is impossible for his family or Sara to halt.The latest novel by internationally bestselling author T. C. Boyle, The Harder They Come is as timely as it is provocative. A deep and disturbing meditation on the roots of American gun violence, it explores the fine line between heroism and savagery, and just how far a parent can be held accountable for the actions of his child.
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ISBN-13: 9781408859926
ISBN-10: 1408859920
Pagini: 400
Dimensiuni: 226 x 243 x 38 mm
Greutate: 0.73 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


T. C. Boyle is a New York Times bestselling author and a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. He has a loyal readership so review coverage is guaranteed

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T. C. Boyle is the New York Times bestselling author of ten collections of stories and fourteen novels, most recently, San Miguel, followed by the second volume of his collected stories, T. C. Boyle Stories II. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and won a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in California.


Boyle describes the evolution of pioneer to truther with an energy that is wholly seductive. He keeps you turning the pages even on the rare occasions when not much is happening (like the brilliant Karl Ove Knausgaard, he can make the cooking of a pork chop so exciting that you find yourself on the edge of your seat, devouring every detail of the salt being sprinkled into the pan). But where he really excels is in combining hearty helpings of sex and adventure with a considerable understanding of his country’s ingrained problems. His vision of America’s inevitable descent into moral and material starvation might be dark but the way he tells it is so gloriously, cheekily, full of colour that you can only sit back and applaud a master at work
Thomas Coraghessan Boyle isn’t the first writer to probe the American malaise, but he makes a two-fisted, Technicolor job of it in this violent saga of Vietnam veteran Sten Stenson and his son Adam … Nobody who sees America as a nation of gun-toting, survivalist nutters (soothed by golf) will find much in his impressive novel to challenge that view, as he digs away at the cultural overlap between being a rugged individualist and being a psycho
An intense and strangely beautiful observation of the country’s inherent relationship with gun violence and anti-authoritarianism
One of modern America’s most indefatigable chroniclers
Opens with headlong force … T C Boyle’s Adam nods to R W B Lewis’s The American Adam, a famous examination of US fiction which argues that the heroes of the early masterpieces echo de Crèvecoeur’s belief that Americans are the “new man” in a New World, innocent of European sinfulness

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A TOP 10 BOOK OF 2015 (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)
Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son’s paranoid, much older lover—as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.
On a cruise to Central America, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen kills an armed robber menacing a busload of tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California—only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control. Adam has become involved with Sara, a hardened member of a right-wing anarchist group. As his mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly delusional until a schizophrenic breakdown leads him to shoot two people, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history.
As T.C. Boyle explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, he offers unparalleled insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.