The Tortilla Curtain

  • Filename: the-tortilla-curtain.
  • ISBN: 9781408826768
  • Release Date: 2011-07-04
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: T. C. Boyle
  • Publisher: A&C Black



When Delaney Mossbacher knocks down a Mexican pedestrian, he neither reports the accident nor takes his victim to hospital. Instead the man accepts $20 and limps back to poverty and his pregnant 17-year-old wife, leaving Delaney to return to his privileged life in California. But these two men are fated against each other, as Delaney attempts to clear the land of the illegal immigrants who he thinks are turning his state park into a ghetto, and a boiling pot of racism and prejudice threatens to spill over.

The Tortilla Curtain

  • Filename: the-tortilla-curtain.
  • ISBN: 1101042605
  • Release Date: 1996-09-01
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: T.C. Boyle
  • Publisher: Penguin



T.C. Boyle’s “compelling” (The Chicago Tribune) novel about assimilation and the price of the American dream Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he 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. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Forging the Tortilla Curtain

  • Filename: forging-the-tortilla-curtain.
  • ISBN: 087565231X
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 424
  • Author: Thomas Torrans
  • Publisher: TCU Press



Thomas Torrans' narrative is a sweeping history of the 2000-mile-long borderlands from the time of the early Spanish intrusions in their endless quest for gold to the recent invasions of multi-nationals in their endless quest for cheap labor. It is a fascinating story of the long struggle to establish a boundary as an institution and cultural margin of the two Americas -- an Anglo North and a Latin South.

The Tortilla Curtain

  • Filename: the-tortilla-curtain.
  • ISBN: 014023828X
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 355
  • Author: T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Publisher: Penguin



The lives of two different couples--wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals--suddenly collide, in a story that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters

T C Boyle s The Tortilla Curtain Urban Conditions Racism and Ecological Disaster in Fortress Los Angeles

  • Filename: t-c-boyle-s-the-tortilla-curtain-urban-conditions-racism-and-ecological-disaster-in-fortress-los-angeles.
  • ISBN: 9783956846083
  • Release Date: 2015-02-01
  • Number of pages: 58
  • Author: Laura Schomaker
  • Publisher: diplom.de



Los Angeles is famous for its sunny weather, for the Hollywood film studios and for being the residence of the rich and beautiful. And although - or, precisely because - all this is more illusion than reality, the city frequently serves as setting for various pieces of fiction. However, Los Angeles does not only play a huge role in the media, but since lately also in the realm of urban studies. Having long been a kind of ‘outsider’ in the field, it is now regarded as a prototypical example for urban development by the L.A. School. In this context, its image is less sunny and positive, but reveals a deep-rooted racism against Latin-American immigrants in combination with a fortress mentality on the part of its white population as well as a unique urban ecology, in which natural catastrophes seem to be regular occurrences. This paper intends to outline the significance of Los Angeles in urban studies and trace the thereby acquired findings in a fictional representation of the city: T.C. Boyle’s novel The Tortilla Curtain. In the process, it is shown how urban conditions, racism and nature, especially in the form of ecological disasters, intersect and influence each other.

Unterrichtsskizze zu The Tortilla Curtain von T C Boyle

  • Filename: unterrichtsskizze-zu-the-tortilla-curtain-von-t-c-boyle.
  • ISBN: 9783656056355
  • Release Date: 2011-11-16
  • Number of pages: 7
  • Author: Theresa Roth
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag



Lesson Plan from the year 2009 in the subject English - Pedagogy, Didactics, Literature Studies, grade: 2,3, University of Paderborn, language: English, abstract: Contextualization “[...] Boyle has dealt with two aspects of the American Dream: the views foreigners have of America as 'the land of plenty' and the idea of the self-made man who rises from poverty to affluence.” (Bruck: 50) Description of one lessons Lesson one (week one): The students have read the novel over the summer. The teacher has mentioned this task at the beginning of the semester again to make sure that there would be enough time to prepare to novel, just in case. At the beginning of the first lesson of this block the class sits together in a round collecting everybody's first impressions on the novel The Tortilla Curtain. The teacher is a quiet observer and serves from time to time as a host. In order to keep the students talking there will be no disruption from the teacher. At the end of the lesson teacher and students part without any homework.

Quick Guide The Tortilla Curtain

  • Filename: quick-guide-the-tortilla-curtain.
  • ISBN: 9781312435377
  • Release Date: 2014-08-19
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: College Guide World
  • Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc



The story covers the themes of illegal immigration, middle-class values, xenophobia, poverty, and environmental destruction, etc. Out of the twelve novels which T. C. Boyle has written, “The Tortilla Curtain” is the most memorable work. When the novel was first released, the issue of illegal immigration was in the public limelight. The author’s publication of the novel was not a coincidence, for he had already decided to publish it during that period and he did want to highlight this burning issue through his work. Quick Guide: The Tortilla Curtain Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Major Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Part One Part Two Part Three Chapter Five: Critical Analysis

Understanding T C Boyle

  • Filename: understanding-t-c-boyle.
  • ISBN: 1570037809
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 174
  • Author: Paul William Gleason
  • Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press



Understanding T. C. Boyle is the first book-length study of one of contemporary Americas most prolific, popular, and critically acclaimed fiction writers. The author of seven short story collections and eleven novels, T. C. Boyle has been honored with the 1988 PEN/Faulkner Award for Worlds End, the 1997 Prix Mdicis tranger for The Tortilla Curtain, the 1999 PEN/Malamud Award for T. C. Boyle: Stories, and a 2003 National Book Award nomination for Drop City. Boyles 1993 novel, The Road to Wellville, was adapted into a feature film. Paul Gleason begins his investigation of Boyles work by exploring the biographical, historical, and literary contexts at play in the writers fiction. Gleason maps the literary influences that shaped Boyles wise guy style, among them Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Flannery OConnor, Raymond Carver, and Samuel Beckett. The volume then features chapters on Boyles short fiction and his novels of the past three decades. Gleason demonstrates Boyles literary development as entertainer, absurdist, social commentator and critic, and historical novelist who chronicles the baby boomer generation while addressing a range of contemporary social issues, such as race relations, illegal immigration, and feminism. Gleason shows how Boyle uses dark humor as a moral and satiric force for social commentary in the tradition of writers such as Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Though the entertainment value of Boyles writing has much to do with his popularity, Gleason also sees him as an iconoclast who questions his generations ideals, philosophies, and actions.

Mexican American Relations and T C Boyle s Tortilla Curtain

  • Filename: mexican-american-relations-and-t-c-boyle-s-tortilla-curtain.
  • ISBN: 9783656986911
  • Release Date: 2016-07-29
  • Number of pages: 70
  • Author: Simon Brandl
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag



Examination Thesis from the year 2015 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,3, University of Marburg, language: English, abstract: The main goal of this paper is to address the question if there is any type of socio-historical narrative surrounding the state of Mexicans in the United States that might have developed from the very beginnings of Mexican-American relations up to contemporary US society and, further, might find its expression in contemporary American literature, using the example of “The Tortilla Curtain”. While the main approach of this paper will be of sociological nature, one cannot forgo an examination of the respective political background and events, which mostly go hand in hand and show interdependencies. Notably, related research on this field is relatively scarce. Most major works dealing with Mexican-American relations and the state of Mexicans within US society focus on specific time periods or address specific contemporary socioeconomic issues of immigration and immigrants, but rather lack a comprehensive view that might combine the different strands and lead to a widely spanning narrative about Mexican immigrants in US society. In general, I will try to develop a narrative that follows the overall course of events in Mexican-American history, which chapter two will comprise. Here, I will specifically depict the Mexican-American War as an origin of the boundaries we know today and will further provide an in-depth study on the 20th century and its waves of migration. Chapter three will look at the specific history of Mexican immigration to the United States and will then provide an overview of the contemporary situation of immigrants. Subsequently, chapter four aims to merge the findings of chapters two and three and examine contemporary literary expressions in Boyle’s “The Tortilla Curtain”. Out of the many aspects to be found within the novel, I will mainly focus on those relevant in sociological terms. Lastly, I will try to combine the paper’s findings to a potential narrative and discuss the political and sociological future of Mexican-American relations.

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