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Saunders, George (Book - 2001)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December , a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders now surpasses his New York Times Notable Book, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline , with this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape. One of Entertainment Weekly 's Ten Best Books of the Year "Artful and sophisicated... truly unusual. Imagine Lewis's Babbitt thrown into the backseat of a car going cross-country, driven by R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Harvey Pekar, or Spike Jonze." -- The New York Times "Saunders is a provocateur, a moralist, a zealot, a lefty, and a funny, funny writer, and the stories in Pastoralia delight. We're very luck to have them." -- Esquire
Authors: Saunders, George, 1958-
Title: Pastoralia
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2001
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 188 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by George Saunders
Contents: Pastoralia
Sea oak
The end of FIRPO in the world
The barber's unhappiness
The falls
ISBN: 9781573228725
Branch Call Number: FICTION SAUNDERS 2001
Subject Headings: United States Social life and customs Fiction
Genre/Form: Short stories
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A collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.

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Mar 30, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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. 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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