San Miguel

Editorial reviews

San Miguel

I don’t mean to pull a Beckett on you here, but on San Miguel, nothing happens — thrice. Beautifully.

The island receives the most fully realized portrait of all, without hoary personifications of the wind or animal infestations, as a place persistently rejecting its inhabitants.

What San Miguel is not is one of those fashionably “linked” story collections, but a cohesive, headlong tale with temporal scope.

San Miguel is a bit of a departure for Boyle, lacking his audacious satire but no less compelling.

There is no such thing as human dominance over the Earth, only the indifference of a terrible beauty. Again and again, novel after novel, this is the majesty of Boyle's knowing, humble pen.