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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The book formed slowly, one or two stories a year over seven long years. And there’s nothing wrong with comparing recent experiences with fondly recalled past experiences.

Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

On one end, we have characters that are regular people, in terms of the voices Saunders lends them with. I was gaining weight, losing energy, had grown a consolation ponytail, would go home sore in my ankles and knees from walking what felt like miles on the thin carpeting that ran over our concrete floors.

I want human stories, human realism. Information on this can be found at http: Those with a good moral compass always get crushed in his worlds, and often they are ridiculed or hated because of their honest and good beliefs.

civikwarland People married, cheated, remarried. View all 30 comments. It was Six Flags over Texas, outside Dallas. If he were a harmful drug he would not be heroin but rather a ball peen hammer and a shot of El Torro tequila. That dynamic is a powerful thing that Saunders uses in his stories.


Though some would argue that all of Saunder’s wo An excellent compilation of short stories with biting criticisms civllwarland today’s views and technologies shown through their ultimate excesses born out in the future.

And such high ratings! Sensing how close we were to the edge declune we lived check to check, were running up huge credit card debtfeeling ourselves bringing up the back of the pack in terms of what kind of life we were making civilwarlanf our daughters relative to the lives of their peers, I realized for the first time, in my gut, how harsh life could be and how little it cared if someone failed.

As goofy as the story was, as far-fetched as its premise seemed, I could feel and see the people in it as real people, and I cared about them.

But perhaps because I liked the later civilwarlland so much, these feel embryonic, brimming A tough book to rate. Bountythe novella which ends the collection, is a nightmarish vision of future America, where the Flawed people with genetic abnormalities are forced to work in historical recreations to entertain the wealthy Normals.

Here’s my review of Tenth Of December: While the world Wallace constructs is unbelievably intriguing, that’s not what the book is “about. I badd it and am seeking counseling.

Explanation is reductive, reading visceral.

We billed our hours, and I would respond to any disrespect toward my person by declaring in my mind, always only in my mind: If you were to make civilwaroand Venn Diagram of George Saunders and DFW, the overlapping segments of the circles would be a mere sliver, at least based on this book. They’re manufactured for fun, but they’re also filled with largely despondent, reckless or otherwise disaffected workers.


And that was true.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

Even Dear John letters are forged. No one writes a better misleading letter than me. Both are able to write about a world that is fundamentally different from ours in very profound ways, but, at the same, make the reader feel some sense of almost eerie familiarity.

Or better yet, cut that, too. Or perhaps he is more intriguing than loveable, but don’t discount those still on his side. Published February 6th by Vintage first published Best story worth getting this 2nd hand for: Mr Saunders sent a hologram of civolwarland to accept the award and it was just so moving I had to retire behind a large child to throw up.

This is my life.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline — George Saunders

Whole rooms at Radian were emptied, repurposed. This collection is a joy to read.

In he received a B.