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EAST IS EAST [ISBN 0-14-013167-1]
© T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1990

Dedication: "For Georges and Anne Borchardt"

Acknowledgements: "A portion of this work first appeared in Rolling Stone.

The author would like to thank the following for their assistance: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; the University of Southern California; Tom Rohlich; John McNally; Rob Jordan; Kevin McCarey; David McGahee; Marie Alix; Clarence, Sarah and Dodds Musser; and Len Schrader.

Epigraph: "Those who wish to live horribly and die horribly are choosing a beautiful way of life." --Yukio Mishima, The Way of the Samurai

"Bred and bawn in de briar patch, Br'er Fox, bred and bawn." --Joel Chandler Harris, Uncle Remus

Abrams,  Garry.  "Where the Twain Meet; L.A. Writer T. Coraghessan Boyle's Latest Work, 'East Is East,' Is a Southern Novel with a Japanese Twist."  Los Angeles Times 3 October 1990.

Caldwell, Gail.  "Cultural Tragedy Set to Ragtime."  The Boston Globe  2 September 1990.

Caveney, Philip.  "T. Coraghessan Boyle: 'East is East.'"  Pure Fiction Classic Reviews, 1998.  <>

Douglas, Christopher.  "Tracking 'The Wild Man of the Green Swamp': Orientalism, Clichés, and the Preoccupation of Language."  English Studies in Canada 23:3 (September, 1997): 331-355.  This article basically tracks down the real event that Boyle's novel "East Is East" is based on -- a Taiwanese merchant sailor who jumped ship off Florida in 1974 and lived in
the Green Swamp not too far from Disneyworld for eight months until he was captured by authorities.  The article traces his this man's reception in terms of popular tv shows, news reports of Japanese war holdouts on Pacific islands in the decades following 1945, the Vietnam war, and even a different fictional retelling of this actual event in Maxine Hong
Kingston's China Men (1980).  This article is, I must say, a must read for those interested in 
"East is East" and is, as far as I know, the only work to have discovered the true incident upon which the novel is based.

Friend,  Tad.  "Rolling Boyle."  New York Times Magazine  9 December 1990. 

Fry, Donn.  "Boyle Cultivates Stereotypes in Work and in Life."  Seattle Times 26 September 1990. 

Godwin, Gail.  Samurai on the Run: "East Is East" by T. Coraghessan Boyle.  New YorkTimes Book Review 9 September 1990. 

Grondahl, Paul.  "Author Returns to Hudson Valley to Read Works."  Albany Times Union  18 October 1988.

Kakutani, Michiko.   A Samarai in the South and A Joke on America; "East Is East" by T. Coraghessan Boyle. BOOKS OF THE TIMES; New York Times 7 September 1990.

Lapin, Mark.  "A Japanese in Darkest Georgia."  San Francisco Chronicle  23 September 1990.

Mesler, Corey.  "Hip Manhunt Takes Quixotic Trail."  Commercial Appeal (Memphis)  2 September 1990.

Raney, David.   A word-drunk writer who sees us too wellRaleigh [NC] News and Observer  28 October 1990.

Takahama, Valerie.  "Boyle's 'clever' book climbing back on top." Orange CountyRegister  1 November 1990.

Towers,  Robert.  "Enigma Variations."  New York Review of Books 17 January 1991. 

Weeks, Jerome.  "Running Amok in the Swamps of Satire."  Dallas Morning News  19 November 1991.

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