The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

Large Print - 2015 | First HarperLuxe edition
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"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 become involved with Sara, a hardened member of a right-wing anarchist group. Adam's senior by fifteen years, she becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic--on the run after two shooting incidents, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history. As he explores a father's legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T.C. Boyle offers unparalleled insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is an indelible novel from a modern master"--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015, ©2015
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062370396
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Boyl
Characteristics: 567 pages ; 23 cm


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Mar 07, 2018

An explosive, tragic story revolving around violence, society, freedom, and somehow, love. Full of heavy drama that leaves you reeling. I highly, highly recommend this book!
The author masterfully swaps between the POVs of three characters - a retired war veteran, his psychologically unstable son (a self proclaimed 'mountain man'), and the son's lover (an older woman with a bone to pick against the law).
Imagine Catcher in the Rye, but way more intense. And depressing.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 26, 2018

To read T.C. Boyle is an experience unlike any other. His writing is powerful, manic, compassionate, and beautiful!

Apr 26, 2017

I think as Mr. Boyle gets older his writing is becoming more restrained. Mellowed. Effortless. T.C. tells a story of modern extremists way out on the west coast in an imaginary world with dire consequences. Illegals, ecology of grow-ops, private animal preserves, tourism, acting out on ones own interpretation of the U.S. constitution. It begins and ends with Sten Stenson, a retired principal and ex-marine. He stops a mugging when he's on a vacation with his wife and comes home to publicity, but then things start happening with his mentally disturbed son that draw negative attention to him and his wife, Carolee. Thanks, Loved It! Took about five days to read.

Jul 15, 2016

Twisty little character study, compelling plot!

Oct 30, 2015

Boyle is a masterful crafter of plots, and this tense drama doesn't disappoint. The focus here is a young man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and when the narration takes his point of view, the ride is at once fascinating, disturbing, and tragic. Boyle populates the novel with plenty of other interesting characters, with violence, bigotry, and miscommunication as central themes. The pace is rapid enough to keep the pages turning, and with great character development and story lines, this novel is a sure winner for a wide range of readers.

Sep 08, 2015

well written, engrossing. couldn't put it down. based on a true story

Aug 22, 2015

Waste of time. Weird storyline. Didn't like the main lead female character. Quite grossed out by Adam/Colter character. The writing style was awkward because it seemed like each sentence was building up to some climactic moment, which never comes. Just a waste of time.

Jul 05, 2015

Brilliant. Interesting and sympathetic characters. The hopelssness of family trying to del with mental illness while at the same time manging their own changing lives. Will read more by this author.

Mar 30, 2015

chronical long review in books in mail and evernote. Not sure if I want to read this or not. See review.


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