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This review is from: Tenth of December: Stories (Hardcover)
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Update: One story that was left out of this collection, "Fox 8: A Story," has been released as a Kindle Single. It's brilliant - very funny, but also touching.
George Saunders is my favorite writer, so this review is biased. An Amazon reviewer said these stories left him/her feeling disturbed and uncomfortable. That is exactly what I enjoy about them. I think that means that the writer is reaching the reader, and that something is being said in the stories.
Saunders' stories are great because they are in tune with the experience of living today. I find them very entertaining, but also cathartic, because they bring expression to things that I feel and experience but that few are able to express.
Flannery O'Connor wrote "The way to despair is to refuse to have any kind of experience, and the novel, of course, is a way to have experience." Great writing can be as affecting as experience, which can be uncomfortable and disturbing.
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2013 5:41:44 AM PST
Patricia Harmanci says:
Lovely review, thank you.
Posted on Jan 26, 2013 1:52:12 PM PST
Addison DeWitt says:
Your review is spot on and the O'Connor quote proves you point. If one finds prose disturbing or depressing, that is a credit to the book.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2013 5:33:00 AM PST
K. Polzin says:
Thank you. I wouldn't say that, as a general principle, writing that readers find disturbing is good writing, but only that the aspect of Saunders' writing that some find disturbing is exactly what I think makes it great.
Posted on Feb 11, 2013 7:24:17 AM PST
Accepting all experience is also a good way to heroin addiction.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 9:07:38 PM PDT
On the contrary, addiction often results from a desire to avoid uncomfortable experience.
Posted on Feb 27, 2014 3:45:26 AM PST
A reviewer says:
next try john andrew fredrick's "the king of good intentions"; saunders my favorite writer as well!!
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