T. Coraghessan Boyle: “Los Gigantes” "Los Gigantes" T. Coraghessan Boyle Originally published in the February 6, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I am slowly but surely catching up — in the meantime, please keep the discussion going. Liked it? Take a second to support The Mookse and the Gripes on Patreon!Share this:ShareEmailPrintTweetShare on Tumblr By Trevor Berrett|2016-07-11T17:45:01-04:00January 30th, 2012|Categories: New Yorker Fiction, T. Coraghessan Boyle|Tags: 2012 New Yorker Fiction|2 Comments Related Posts Olga Tokarczuk: “Yente” Gallery Olga Tokarczuk: “Yente” September 13th, 2021 | 0 Comments Han Ong: “The Monkey Who Speaks” Gallery Han Ong: “The Monkey Who Speaks” September 8th, 2021 | 0 Comments George Saunders: “The Mom of Bold Action” Gallery George Saunders: “The Mom of Bold Action” August 23rd, 2021 | 5 Comments Emma Cline: “The Iceman” Gallery Emma Cline: “The Iceman” August 16th, 2021 | 11 Comments hurmat kazmi: “Selection Week” Gallery hurmat kazmi: “Selection Week” August 9th, 2021 | 7 Comments Sarah Braunstein: “Superstition” Gallery Sarah Braunstein: “Superstition” August 2nd, 2021 | 8 Comments 2 Comments 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 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.