"Los Gigantes"
T. Coraghessan Boyle
Originally published in the February 6, 2012 issue of The New Yorker.

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By | 2016-07-11T17:45:01+00:00 January 30th, 2012|Categories: New Yorker Fiction, T. Coraghessan Boyle|Tags: |2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Aaron February 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Not Boyle’s best work, but as an author, he’s got this ability to write convincingly and fluidly about so many different topics that it hardly matters. It’s a passable story that’s either being Swiftian in its seriousness (toward the idea of eugenics) or — and I lean more on this possibility — a tale about a too-tall man and a too-small woman finding happiness for the future in between extremes.

    I don’t doubt that Boyle means to mock eugenics on some level, but I’ve always found him more character-driven than satirical, and that extends to his humanized giant here, who starts out depressed and gradually seizes the first chance he gets for actual (not artificial) happiness. I also think that Boyle didn’t flesh out much of the supporting incidents, so hasty was he to get to the last part (which I suspect is the seed for this story, but hey, I don’t read the Book Bench stuff before I jot down my thoughts).

    As usual, you can find my fuller (and more stream-of-conscious-y) breakdown of the story here: http://bit.ly/A6jjJ6

  2. jerry February 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    agree with Aaron far from his best work but I’m glad to see Boyle back in the magazine.

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