Walter Moss: The importance and acceptance of diversity and tolerance, both on the national and international levels, is another idea that weaves its way throughout The Rowan Tree.
Walter Moss: But like Tolstoy’s War and Peace or Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, The Big Green Tent overflows with families and people, and not just those related to the three main protagonists.
Walter G. Moss: Although others have written of Boyle’s many skills as a writer of fiction—including his wit and descriptive and narrative powers, which are plentiful in this novel—here I will focus on its insights into U.S. violence.
Walter Moss: In depicting Markin through his own narration, Marra does a good job portraying the mentality of a communist true believer.
Mike Price: I’m in the Target parking lot, sitting behind the wheel of my van and scribbling on the back of an old Sierra Pacific bill. My life’s companion, an ever-present oxygen tank, sits upright in the shotgun seat next to me. I hate that sonofabitch tank.