Since its publication in , George Saunders’s debut collection has grown in esteem from a cherished cult classic to a masterpiece of the form, inspiring an. CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE. W x T HEN a potential big investor comes for the tour the first thing I always do is take them out to the transplanted Erie. Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella. George Saunders, Author Random House (NY) $22 (0p) ISBN

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It is ungu George Saunders is one of those wonderful discoveries I had last year. They, too, wanted to succeed.

Beyond civiwlarland polish of the background, I’m not sure exactly how much is new there.

dcline Return to Book Page. Jul 02, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: My book is not unhappy. Well, perhaps not the kind of redemption one expects, though.

And that was true. And such high ratings! While it has a few rough patches, the collection still manages to soar with its comedy and dark visions. Saunders re-examines the past to portend the future, and extends the horrors encompass us all instead of stopping at boundaries of race, creed or gender.

The only problem, for me, is that I suppose I don’t like satire anymore, not in large doses, anyway. My one quibble may be is that while Saunders is definitely a unique storyteller, and Civilarland enjoyed all of the stories, there is nothing that really resonated with me or kept me up thinking at night. If only I could stop hoping. Or he gives them claws instead of toes, or makes them weigh pounds, or turn them boneless.


If he were a harmful drug he would not be heroin but rather a ball peen hammer and a shot of El Torro tequila. When I think about it, there’s nothing like a good DFW comparison to get me interested in a newly published book. Want to Read saving…. After burial comes prayer, a personal touch that never fails to irritate Bas, our ruthless CEO. What a thing it was, to suddenly have a real life happening to us, to be in over our heads but glad about it.

The president and sergeant at arms were standing with brown ankles in the shallow, favorably comparing my Attraction to real surf. Here’s my review of Tenth Of December: She was put on total bed rest and required to take a drug since outlawed by the FDA to suppress her contractions. It was small but sweet, and vad four of us lived there, happily.

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I knew the void of culture that threatens to suck you in like a black hole. In an angry town fuelled by racial hatred, the lonely narrator takes pity on a severely disabled neighbour and gives her a place to stay: In the beginning cjvilwarland was created. Dad called her a trooper and praised her gumption, then broke down in sobs. Because I’m sitting above these characters, critiquing them instead of empathizing with them.

Vonnegut’s absurd world just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Or perhaps he is more intriguing than loveable, but don’t discount those still on his side. Having placed his flawed and needy children in a world of exacting specifications, he deducts the difference between what we have and what we need from our hearts and our self-esteem and our mental health.


CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

These are the best years of my life. Wow, someone did this, someone made all this, some grown-up sat down and designed the little Mexican back alleys and cowboy boardwalks, the fake bird sounds.

The realization that failure was possible, even for me, had the effect of increasing my empathy. Though some would argue that all of Saunder’s wo An excellent compilation of short stories with biting criticisms of today’s views and technologies shown through their ultimate excesses born out in the future. They are abrupt and telegraphic and odd. While the settings might suggest genre fiction, Saunders’ writing reminded me more of Raymond Carver than Philip K.

I might be flawed. The past couple of months, two activities have dominated my leisure time: There was no drama at the wedding except that my friend got married, and the novel reflects this. We managed to buy a house.

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