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The Tortilla Curtain

Boyle, T. Coraghessan (Book - 1996 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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 astory that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters.
Authors: Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Title: The tortilla curtain
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin, 1996
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: T. Coraghessan Boyle
Summary: 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 astory that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters.
ISBN: 9780140238280
014023828X
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOYLE 1996
Subject Headings: California Juvenile fiction Mexicans California Los Angeles Fiction Illegal aliens California Los Angeles Fiction Married people California Los Angeles Fiction Los Angeles (Calif.) Ethnic relations Fiction
Genre/Form: Black humor (Literature)
Topical Term: Mexicans
Illegal aliens
Married people
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A freak accident causes two couples — a pair of Los Angeles liberals and Mexican illegals — and their opposing worlds to collide in a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.


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Jan 22, 2013
  • MicheleJ rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

At the beginning of the book, I liked most of the main characters but by the end.......didn't like any of them. This was a very "harsh" book to read however.....I would recommend it.

It forces one to look and think about both sides w/o blessing one and cursing the other.

Plus, good writing.

Oct 14, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This novel tells the story of two families in Los Angeles - a Mexican man, his wife and baby trying to survive against impossible odds and bad luck and an affluent, liberal American family. It is about racism and ultimately, compassion.

Aug 25, 2011
  • hnt4rd8 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Just one bad thing after another with no real ending. I have to admit I started skimming near the end just to get to the end.

Jun 07, 2011
  • madRubicante rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I had to push myself to finish this book. The beginning showed originality and promise, but as it progressed, it just became ridiculous and even surreal. I understand that racism is still alive and kicking in the U.S., but it felt too over-the-top in this book. It was hard to become attached to the characters things went from bad to worse to god-awful. I started feeling less and less concerned about them, which is (I'm pretty sure) the exact opposite of what the writer intended. It was a quick read, but didn't impress me much.

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