East Is East

East Is East

by T. C. Boyle


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Young Japanese seaman Hiro Tanaka, inspired by dreams of the City of Brotherly Love and trained in the ways of the samurai, jumps ship off the coast of Georgia and swims into a net of rabid rednecks, genteel ladies, descendants of slaves, and the denizens of an artists' colony. In the hands of T. Coraghessan Boyle, praised by Digby Diehl in Playboy as "one of the most exciting young fiction writers in America," the result is a sexy, hilarious tragicomedy of thwarted expectations and mistaken identity, love, jealousy, and betrayal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140131673
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1991
Series: Contemporary American Fiction
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 778,342
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

T. C. Boyle is the author of eleven novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/FaulknerAward), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and The Inner Circle. His most recent story collections are Tooth and Claw and The Human Fly and Other Stories.


Santa Barbara California

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1948

Place of Birth:

Peekskill, New York


B.A. in music, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1970; Ph.D. in literature, Iowa University, 1977

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East Is East 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm hesitant to say too much about this book in terms of plotline -- this is one of those novels that simply needs to be read in order to be understood. The greatest thing about the story is that it's completely unpredictable. T.C. Boyle must be an incredibly empathetic man; he's able to write from five disparate views at once and every character is utterly believable. I read this book in less than a week and it quickly became a fixture in my Top Ten Novels Ever Written By Human Hands.
masako More than 1 year ago
Laugh-out-loud hilarious
samfsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! It really sucked me in with the contrasts between the characters, the irony of the situations, and the tragic-comic coloring of everything. It tells the story of a Japanese sailor who jumps ship off the shore of Georgia and meets an array of odd characters, some that help him and some that hurt him, as he struggles to make sense of America and find a place for himself. One of the people that ¿helps¿ him is an ambitious female writer at an artist colony on a secluded island off the Georgia coast. Boyle draws her with a deft touch, hilarious in places and sadly ironic in others. An excellent novel.
stubbyfingers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable from the first paragraph to the very last word. It was an easy read and a fun story but still had depth. It's the story of searching for one's identity and place in the world, of prejudice and preconceived notions, of misunderstandings. Hiro Tanaka is born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white father who abandoned them before he was born. As a half-breed he is never accepted in Japan, so at the age of 20 he decides to get a job as a cook on a ship bound for America, where he has heard they will accept anyone. Unfortunately, things go badly and he ends up jumping ship off the coast of Georgia, finally coming to shore on swampy, confusing Tupelo Island. Meanwhile, Ruth Dershowitz is an aspiring author at an artist's colony on the island struggling to make her mark on the world. Their paths intertwine. I really enjoyed the way the story was told from the points of view of different characters--from the main characters to minor characters to very minor characters--which helped explain all of the misunderstandings and how even though everyone has good intentions, bad situations can still occur. A great story. I'd love to read more by this author.
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