Tenth of December


Saunders, George

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Tenth of December
A collection of stories which includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812993806
Branch Call Number: FICTION SAUNDERS 2013
Characteristics: 251 p. ;,22 cm


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Comment by: multcolib_central Jul 11, 2014

Bizarre, surreal stealthily funny...for fans of Vonnegnt.

Saunders has the extraordinary ability to get right inside the heads of his narrator with thrilling speed. These stories are as fun as they are intelligent.

Saunders masterfully weaves realistic tales that become very weird so subtley that you may not even notice it at first.

Through a series of short stories, Saunders paints a thought-provoking picture at a somewhat futuristic world and its beleaguered inhabitants.

The absurd and the surreal become entwined in the lives of everyday people in this sometimes disturbing and challenging collection of short stories.

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Mar 18, 2015
  • empbee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting, satirical, well written stories. Funny and not so funny.

Mar 09, 2015
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not quite up to its effusive praise, this collection of ten stories in nevertheless unique and funny but with substance.

Dec 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Saunders rises to his usual level of genius with the best of these stories, though the collection is watered down with several weak entries. Still, he's at his best with "The Semplica Girl Diaries," a deeply disturbing banality-of-evil parody that addresses status insecurity, class divisions, exploitation of the weak, and objectification of humans in a startling and creepy fashion. Other top entries are "Escape from Spiderhead," about experimental manipulation and the nature of compassion, "Home," addressing the PTSD and anger or Iraq War veterans, and the title story, which provides a wholly unique path to averting a suicide attempt.

Nov 23, 2014

We would love to have this book at Battery Park City library!

Nov 16, 2014

2 Copies please

Thank You

Sep 04, 2014
  • HujeBohoc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In terms of short stories, you can't do much better than this collection.

Jul 11, 2014

Bizarre, surreal stealthily funny...for fans of Vonnegnt.

Jun 16, 2014
  • NFN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wildly original stories that surprise, challenge and entertain.

Feb 04, 2014
  • bsevertsen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best compilations I've read - very memorable stories.

Jan 10, 2014
  • dbarry111 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I agree with lucas's comment below...I was very disap,pointed with this book. I heard him interviewed on Face the Nation and was expecting to be really absorbed by a compelling story told with wit. But I found the stories odd, idiosyncratic, and not in a way that was intriguing. I've read Donald Barthelme and other "post-modern" writers who play with language and I've liked, but these stories didn't hold together. I didn't find them emotionally compelling, which I thought I would have.

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