Pastoralia

Pastoralia

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Book - 2000
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If Americans in the future were to try to send us a message about where our culture is heading, they might simply point to the fiction of George Saunders. Living in a world that's both indelibly original and hauntingly familiar, the characters in these stories bring to life our most absurd tendencies, and allow us to see ourselves in a shocking, uproariously funny new light.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2000.
ISBN: 9781573221610
1573221619
Branch Call Number: SS SAUN
Characteristics: 188 pages ; 22 cm

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If you enjoy surreal short stories with a satirical tone, this one's for you.


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nbradley2
Jul 24, 2017

This short story collection is chock-full of wild, satirical tales with a sharp emotional edge. As always, Saunders writes with a mastery of voice, pacing, and intrigue. Though his stories are often a bit vulgar and grisly, Saunders always writes with a strong intent to make you feel things, and not just shock. Most short stories end on an 'open' note that, I think, forces you to evaluate your emotions at the end of the story; I am still wrestling with I how I felt reading some of these stories weeks later.

I will recommend this collection (and all other Saunders works) until the day I die.

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paul5151
Jan 04, 2016

To paraphrase Saunders "why are the losers in this world being kicked so hard when they're down?" Satire my friends.k

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lukasevansherman
Mar 30, 2013

Saunders is maybe the most acclaimed short story writer currently working, although I am struggling to figure out why. I just read his latest collection, "Tenth of December," and couldn't get into it. I feel the same way about this earlier book. I think the ideal audience are those who find the irony-heavy humor of "McSweeney's" enjoyable. I just don't get this guy.

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