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In Persuasion Nation Paperback – March 6, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
George Saunders is back and skewering consumerist largesse as never before.
Let's not beat about the bush: In Persuasion Nation is an uneven collection. 'Brad Corrigan, American', 'My Flamboyant Grandson', and 'My Amendment' are slight pieces: they rely on conceits that don't carry the necessary weight. But then when we get to 'CommComm', 'The Red Bow' and 'Bohemians'...and you feel the way Raymond Carver's readers must have felt the first time the first time they feasted on 'A Small Good Thing' and 'Cathedral'. 'CommComm' in particular is slowly usurping 'The 400-Pound Ceo' as my favourite Saunders story.
For all Saunders's settings and situations, I never feel that he's a bleak author. He's too outrageous, too in love with humanity to leave that bitter, dystopian aftertaste. Saunders - a former geologist and practicing Buddhist - always gives humanity its due. Even God makes a decent cameo appearance. God is as he is elsewhere in Saunders's work - immanent, transcendent, quiet, and unassuming. In this respect, Saunders resembles the Scottish past-master, Alasdair Gray.
IPN isn't the author's best collection, but it contains his best pieces so far. I eagerly await the next installment in the Saunders saga.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of George Saunders' best collections. At times his storytelling is absurdist and at others his voice is very conventional, but his stories are all unique, and this... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kim L.
Had to read this for a college course and write several papers about it. It was by far the strangest thing I've ever read in my life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura I.
I had to read this for a class and, at first glance, thought that I would find the stories annoying. Instead, I fell in love with them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cathy2882
This is not the best Saunders collection, but there are some good stories. This is the fourth volume of his I have read over the last month, and it is probably the most uneven. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tony Covatta
Once again George Saunders convinces he is at the cutting edge of contemporary fiction from the US. His mastery of style conveying the twisted essence of a variety of character... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nowick Gray
George Saunders is terrific. This book of short stories will get you thinking, make you laugh, creep you out, and keep you coming back for more. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ellen