It is my opinion that more often than not many facets contained in general fiction stories are shared commonly in our personal stories as well. Often, as is the case, the authors are drawing directly from their own and others perspectives to give the basis of their stories grounding in reality, otherwise known as keeping the stories realistic.
The synopsis below may give away important plot points. The sexually aggressive Jonathan wants to be "smothered and mothered" by large breasts, while shy, romantic Sandy claims to value intelligence and sincerity.
The film opens at a college party where Jonathan spots Smith College student Susan Candice Bergman and, after summarily dismissing her breast size, encourages Sandy to approach her. Desperate, Sandy admits that she is the first girl that he has ever tried to touch in that way.
Feeling sorry for Sandy, Susan allows him to touch her while she puts her hand on his penis. After Jonathan learns that Susan is more promiscuous than he had previously thought, he asks Susan to go out with him.
While neither Jonathan nor Susan tells Sandy about the resulting romance, Sandy continues to tell about his dates with Susan, claiming that he has fallen in love because she appreciates his sensitivity and intellect.
On his next date with Susan, Jonathan, jealous that Susan likes Sandy more than him, tries to win her sympathy by fabricating a story about his humble childhood which led him to want to become a socially conscious lawyer.
Jonathan describes his dates with Susan to Sandy, but calls her "Myrtle" to keep their betrayal a secret. When Sandy learns that Jonathan has lost his virginity with "Myrtle", he tries to have sex with Susan, who at first refuses but finally relents. Months later during the winter, Sandy confesses to Jonathan that he is jealous of the fact that Jonathan lost his virginity before him and continues to have more adventuresome sex than he does.
Later, Jonathan, angry that Susan has told Sandy that she feels so close to him she can read his thoughts, demands that Susan choose between the two men. When they both agree to break the affair soon after, Susan suggests that they can still be friends, but Jonathan coolly remarks, "I hope not".
The film then jumps forward around 10 years later. Jonathan, who is now a taxman, is still the consummate, slightly misogynist playboy and complains the assertive women are gold-digging castrators, and claims that he wants to settle down with someone "if their figure is good enough".
Sandy eventually tells Susan that he wants a divorce, and she throws him out of their house. Meanwhile, Jonathan begins dating model Bobbie Ann-Margaretwhose revealing clothing displays her voluptuous figure.
After several weeks of dating and passionate lovemaking with Jonathan, Bobbie suggests they move in together, but Jonathan rejects the proposal, suggesting that it will ruin their sex. After Bobbie moves in with him, Jonathan insists the she quit her job, promising to provide for her.
Bobbie concedes in hopes of marrying Jonathan and having children, but he continues to adamantly resist the idea.
At home with nothing to do, Bobbie becomes increasingly depressed, rarely leaving her bed and barely capable of warming television dinners for Jonathan. Lacking in any tenderness, Jonathan constantly berates and humiliates Bobbie, causing her to weep in despair.
After Jonathan rages at Bobbie for having a more "checkered" sexual past than him and orders her to do something useful like housework, a desperate and sobbing Bobbie states that she cannot stand her life. After Jonathan urges Sandy to swap partners for the night, Sandy agrees and goes to the bedroom to find Bobbie.
Jonathan then dances with Cindy, who refuses his advances, confidently explaining that she will sleep with him but only on her terms. When Cindy leaves after ordering Jonathan to tell Sandy that he should not bother returning home if he sleeps with Bobbie, Jonathan opens the bedroom door to find Bobbie passed out from an overdose and Sandy calling an ambulance.
In the present daymore then twenty years since their college days, the now jaded middle-aged friends are still far from understanding love in a committed relationship. Wealthy Jonathan complains about his alimony payments to his now ex-wife Bobbie and their child, while Sandy, desperate to recapture his youth, dates demure year-old Jennifer Carol Kanedresses in hippie attire, and espouses the "free love" of the new generation.
When Sandy and Jennifer visit Jonathan, he presents a slide show of all his lovers, including a picture of Susan which he attempts to ignore, referring to them all as "frigid ball-busters", and paints increasingly degrading verbal portraits of each woman, upsetting Sandy and Jennifer.
Later, Jonathan confesses to Sandy that he has only glimpsed the illusive nature of love through brief sexual encounters, while Sandy laments that when he finally falls in love with a woman and makes a commitment, his sexual interest in them dies.
When Louise veers slightly from the script, an enraged Jonathan, whose libido has immediately faltered, demands that she repeat the lines verbatim to ensure his satisfaction.I believe that T.C. Boyle’s story, “Carnal Knowledge” provides a good example for examining the relationships commonly portrayed in fiction vs.
those which occur actually, in our everyday lives.
In ``Carnal Knowledge'' the foolish narrator is suckered by a beautiful ecoterrorist into liberating a turkey farm just before Thanksgiving. ``Acts of God'' depicts an aged, fairly recently married and put-upon retiree whose harridan wife gets hit by a well-deserved tropical hurricane.
Consider the carnivorous ad-copy writer who, in "Carnal Knowledge," falls in love with a beautiful animal-rights zealot and does his best to make her happy. He liberates turkeys and eats strange foods ("a breakfast of brewer's yeast and what appeared to be some sort of bark marinated in yogurt").
T. Coraghessan Boyle (also known as T.C. Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, ) is a U.S. novelist and short story writer.
Since the late s, he /5. Unlike most editing & proofreading services, we edit for everything: grammar, spelling, punctuation, idea flow, sentence structure, & more. Get started now! Aug 17, · This student film by Jessica Marsh Emerson is an adaptation of the TC Boyle short story by the same name, "Carnal Knowledge." It stars BJ Davis, Michelle Fried, and Jim Vail.
Music by the Swingin' Dick Tracys, Moxy Fruvous, Johnny Angel and the Swingin' Demons, the Kennedys, Nerissa and Katryna Nields, and Dar Williams.