A Friend of the Earth

by T.C. Boyle | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747553467 Global Overview for this book
Registered by shnedwards of Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on 9/15/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by shnedwards from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, September 15, 2005
It's 2025. Tyrone O'Shaughnessy Tierwater is eking out a bleak living in southern California, managing a pop star's private menagerie, holding some of the last surviving animals in the world. Global warming is a reality. Back in the twentieth century, Ty had been an ecoterrorist for Earth Forever! and his principles had seriously endangered the lives of both his daughter, Sierra, and his wife, Andrea. Now, when the past seems far behind him and he is just trying to survive in a world cursed by storm and drought, Andrea returns to his life...

mailing order for bookring:
tagesmann (UK)
Angelfirestar (US)
LyekkaMarengo (US)
Rrrcaron (US)
goyetisa (Canada)
kizmiaz (Portugual)
Nell-Lu (UK)
abrokenstarr (UK)
platypussj (UK)
and back to me!

then to send to jubby in Australia <---here! Hooray!

Journal Entry 2 by shnedwards from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, October 07, 2006
On its way to tagesmann! Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 3 by tagesmann on Monday, October 09, 2006
Received today. I have a couple of other book to get through first but will try to get to it soon.

Journal Entry 4 by tagesmann on Monday, November 27, 2006
Edited because I copied the wrong text from another posting.

Great book which was very funny and very moving. I particularly liked the ending. I would say more but I can't remember my feelings or what I wrote...

Journal Entry 5 by AngelfireStar from Falls City, Nebraska USA on Saturday, December 09, 2006
Will read ASAP. Thanks!

Journal Entry 6 by AngelfireStar from Falls City, Nebraska USA on Thursday, April 19, 2007
Good book. Took a little longer to read than I expected but all in all a good book. It had a lot of scientific names I remembered some from zoology.


sent to LyekkaMarengo yesterday.

sorry for the delay. Funding is down.

Journal Entry 8 by LyekkaMarengo from Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, May 07, 2007
Received safe and sound in Central, PA, USA. One ring ahead of it.

Journal Entry 9 by LyekkaMarengo from Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Very topical subject given the increased concern of human activities affecting the global weather. Set in the not-so-distant future when everything the scientists and environmentalist have warned might happen, has in fact, happened. The main characters are strong and likeable and unfortunately the premise is all to possible.

Sending on to Rrrcaron in Lancaster, NH.

Journal Entry 10 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, July 04, 2007
I received this in the mail yesterday. I have a few to read beforehand, but it shouldn't take long. Ruth

Journal Entry 11 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, September 08, 2007
I enjoyed this read. It really emphasized the results that global warming plays on the environment, a topic I wish more would pay attention to. The genetically altered animals,was kind of far fetched, but who knows what will happen in the future. Sorry it took me so long with this book. I'm working two jobs now, so my reading time isn't quite what it used to be. PMing the next in line and will get this book traveling!

Journal Entry 12 by goyetisa on Thursday, September 13, 2007
I've received the book today, thanks !

Journal Entry 13 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Monday, April 28, 2008
My apologies for keeping the book for so long, I will see if anybody was next in line and ship it this week.

Journal Entry 14 by goyetisa on Monday, April 28, 2008
it has been quick ! I have mailed the book this morning to next person in line, kizmiaz.

Journal Entry 15 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, May 05, 2008
Just got it, thanks.
I still have a couple on the go but shouldn't take long.

Journal Entry 16 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, May 26, 2008
To me T.C. Boyle is one of the most interesting, imaginative and serious American contemporary authors and this book is just one more proof of it, if any more proof was needed.
”To be a friend of the Earth you have to be an enemy of the people” this brilliant sentence pretty much sums up the various problems this story deals with.
While I was reading it a cyclone killed over 60.000 people in Myanmar and left thousands homeless, jobless and parentless, then China had a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that killed over 40.000 and left 5 million hungry and homeless, these tragic events drove the point of Ty’s struggle home with a vengeance.
Ty is quite a character, a hero whichever way you look at it (like the best Boyle can come up with), all the bitterness and frustration at the human foolishness and the destruction of habitats he witnesses combined with his subservience towards Andrea (who has her own agenda) and his love for Sierra make him the most complex character in the novel, very lifelike, so much so it’s impressive.
The plot unravels slowly and naturally, with the right gaps and holes that make it all the more believable and true.
Ty’s actions as an eco-activist may not be the most reasonable but reason fails when it comes to deny corporative greed its share and sometimes being unreasonable is the best argument.
This book has it all a brilliant plot, a great cast of characters and a well written story.
There’s a lot of food for thought here, all the implications of global warming and the deforestation of the planet combined with money driven politicians who “sell” out natural parks and even the Amazonian jungle to the highest bidder are scary and are already happening. And still the most developed country in the world is also one of the biggest polluters (the Kyoto agreement might as well have been written on thin air) and encourages everyone to get an SUV, because we all know those suburban roads can be tricky.
There’s a hint of hope here, not for Ty or any of the characters (it’s too late for them) but for us, it is still not too late, but our time is getting short fast.
Global warming anyone?

I'm sending it to Nell-Lu today (27.05.2008)

Journal Entry 17 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, May 30, 2008
This arrived today - thanks kizmiaz for sending it on and shnedwards for starting the ring. I'm looking forward to it! I'll start as soon as I've finished my current book and have it on its way again next week.

Journal Entry 18 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, June 09, 2008
This was interesting. The eco-backdrop gave an unusual context for a story of middle-aged male anger. Ty's rage seemed to me to be against his high-achieving, famous wife rather than against the supposed targets of polluters and corporations. The extremes of the near-future world highlight the problems caused by traditional gender roles as well as environmental shortsightedness in our world.

abrokenstarr has asked to be skipped so I will send this out to platypussj later today.

Journal Entry 19 by platypussj from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, June 12, 2008
Thank you Nell-Lu, arrived yesterday and I'm very intrigued. Have a couple ahead of this one however hope to read very soon.

Journal Entry 20 by platypussj from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Somewhere on the cover of this book - "a comedy" is used to describe it. I did find that there were comedic and farcical elements at times but I found the story in general to be moving and quite dark, tragic in fact. His descriptions of the near future I found quite frightening and often found it to be uncomfortable reading, a testament to Boyle's talents as a writer.

Thank you Nell-Lu for posting, and thank you shnedwards for another excellent book ring. On its way home to you soon... :)

Journal Entry 21 by shnedwards from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
And it's come home! Hooray! Thanks everyone for reading and passing on.

This is now going on my urgent TBR pile for me to read before sending it to Australia.

Journal Entry 22 by shnedwards from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, January 15, 2009
It took me ages to read this, I'm not sure why. It's not the fault of the book: great writing style, convincing characters, big ideas. Maybe it's just the time of year. I had the same trouble last January with a kids' book!

Will send to jubby in the next few days.

Journal Entry 23 by shnedwards from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, January 23, 2009
On its way to jubby.
Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 24 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Received in the post today. Yay!

Journal Entry 25 by jubby at Australia Post, Virtual Bookbox OZ -- Controlled Releases on Monday, October 19, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (10/19/2009 UTC) at Australia Post, Virtual Bookbox OZ -- Controlled Releases



OMG! Where do I start with this one?

I had been sitting on this book far too long, so entered it in to the Australian bookcrosser's 'Oz virtual book box' - the idea being that I would *have* to read the book before posting it on.

And that is exactly what happened. Dolphin-au selected the book, so I read it.

Like Shnedwards, I did find this book difficult to actually get started with, and nearly gave it away. But, I also had a bit going on at work and home also. And then, the school holidays rolled around (and not a minute too soon!), and I made myself sit down and read this - and then, I couldn't put it down.

Ty was the fallible hero of this book, a man with his faults and needs, who tries to save a bit of the world he has known. Only, his actions are never thought out or reasoned, and often cause trouble and little else.

Sierra, Ty's daughter I thought was a character I would have liked to know more about, misguided and truly devoted to the environmental movement. Now I really should go on and comment on the plot features and style, but it is time for baby's bath... and I've been on the computer long enough.

So, I'll finish up by saying that this wouldn't be my favourite T.C. Boyle book (that would be Drop City), but it was definitely much better then 'The Inner Circle' and 'The Road to Wellville'.

Thank you very much for sharing this great book with me Shnedwards.
I have already posted this book on to Dolphin-au.

Journal Entry 26 by dolphin-au from Lake Macquarie, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Received safely, thanks jubby! I haven't read anything by Boyle yet, I've got one other book of his on the pile of books to read, but this certainly looks interesting. It might be a while before I'll get to it, but I will eventually.

Journal Entry 27 by dolphin-au at Lake Macquarie, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, June 01, 2011
In the mean time I managed to read one of Boyle's other books as well (The road to Wellville) which i enjoyed, but not as much as this one. I must confess the environment is one of my passions, so this book's theme was close to the heart.
I loved Ty as a main character. A true eco-warrior who dares to do take action where others only contemplate. The actions might be futile, but they still require a certain mind-set.
The painted picture of our near future might not be so far off target as we might hope.
I can truly recommend this book.

Journal Entry 28 by dolphin-au at Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (6/1/2011 UTC) at Newcastle, New South Wales Australia


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