The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain

eBook - 1995
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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
While leading their lives in their gated hilltop community in Los Angeles, Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher accidently meet Mexican illegal aliens Ca+a7ndido and Ame+a7rica Rinco+a7n, and their encounter brings them together in a relationship of error and misunderstanding. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1995
ISBN: 9781101042601
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 28, 2017

The Tortilla Curtain made me uncomfortable at many stages of the book. I did feel the change in attitude of the well -to-do couple toward the hispanics around them is something that can happen to many open minded people in a situation as told by the author.
I really did not like the ending. I don't need an ending which raps up everything in a nice neat package, but after all the terrible luck that the hispanic man had with his wife the ending left me up in the air and not being satisfied.
I did feel challenged in what I thought of as me being unprejudiced only to realize that I do have prejudices.

Jan 22, 2013

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

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.

Jun 07, 2011

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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