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The Resource The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

Label
The Harder They Come
Title
The Harder They Come
Statement of responsibility
T.C. Boyle
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sten Stenson, Vietnam veteran and retired school principal, and his wife, Carolee, are on a cruise in Costa Rica when their coach excursion is hijacked. Sten's military training overtakes him and within moments one of the attackers lies dead. The rest flee and Sten finds himself hailed a hero by the tour group and everyone back home. Meanwhile, in the redwood forests north of San Francisco, Sara - a farrier who refuses to recognize the authority of the government - is arrested after failing to cooperate with police at a routine stop. A chance meeting with twenty-five-year-old Adam, Sten and Carolee's unstable son, sparks a strange but passionate relationship fuelled by a mutual hatred of the law. Adam, an angry and misunderstood outsider, perennially dressed in camouflage and with his head shaved to the bone, has an unhealthy obsession with nineteenth-century mountain man John Colter. As Adam's views and behaviour become steadily more extreme, he descends into a spiral of fanatical violence that is impossible for his family or Sara to halt. The latest novel by internationally bestselling author T. C. Boyle, The Harder They Come is as timely as it is provocative. A deep and disturbing meditation on the roots of American gun violence, it explores the fine line between heroism and savagery, and just how far a parent can be held accountable for the actions of his child
Summary
Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation
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Character
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10399823
Cataloging source
NOV
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Boyle, T.C
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Psychological Fiction
  • Contemporary Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Harder They Come
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:BLM_102735
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781408859940
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Harder They Come
Control code
BORROWBOX:BLM_102735
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781408859940
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Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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