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Tenth of December: Stories Kindle Edition
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“A feat of inventiveness . . . This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. . . . George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.”—Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
“The best short-story writer in English—not ‘one of,’ not ‘arguably,’ but the Best.”—Mary Karr, Time
“A visceral and moving act of storytelling . . . No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Saunders’s startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world.”—People
“It’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.”—The Wall Street Journal
“An irresistible mix of humor and humanity . . . that will make you beam with unmitigated glee. [Grade:] A”—Entertainment Weekly
“Saunders captures the fragmented rhythms, disjointed sensory input, and wildly absurd realities of the twenty-first century experience like no other writer.”—The Boston Globe
“Tenth of December shows George Saunders at his most subversive, hilarious, and emotionally piercing. Few writers can encompass that range of adjectives, but Saunders is a true original—restlessly inventive, yet deeply humane.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
“George Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else, thank god—and yet still he manages to be the rightful heir to three other complete American originals—Barthelme (the lyricism, the playfulness), Vonnegut (the outrage, the wit, the scope), and Twain (the common sense, the exasperation). There is no author I recommend to people more often—for ten years I’ve urged George Saunders onto everyone and everyone. You want funny? Saunders is your man. You want emotional heft? Saunders again. You want stories that are actually about something—stories that again and again get to the meat of matters of life and death and justice and country? Saunders. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.”—Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King
- ASIN : B008LMB4C2
- Publisher : Random House (January 8, 2013)
- Publication date : January 8, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3959 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 271 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,418 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The poet Galway Kinnell once said, “Often a poem at least starts out being about oneself, about one’s experiences, a fragment of autobiography. But then, if it’s really a poem, it goes deeper than personality. It takes on that strange voice, intensely personal yet common to everyone, in which all rituals are spoken. A poem expresses one’s most private feelings; and these turn out to be the feelings of everyone else as well.” It’s this degree of empathy that makes the successful stories in Saunders’ collection really pop, whether it be from the perspective of criminals (“Escape from Spiderhead”) or in addressing a topic like slavery (“The Semplica Girl Diaries”).
Nearly every one of these ten stories experiments with form. It’s here that the collection’s weakness lies. Some stories, like “My Chivalric Fiasco”, while well-written, seem more interested in experimenting with form than in the message it tries to convey. Or at least the form draws too much attention to itself. The same could be argued for the diaristic shorthand of “The Semplica Girl Diaries.”
Needless to say, it’s unusual to find a voice willing to struggle (and with such authority) to find the good in a humanity clothed in darkness — and in a tone of voice that’s as fun as writers like Voltaire or Kurt Vonnegut. Saunders seems deeply attached to his characters, pitying them, like Leo Tolstoy — not because he’s better than them, but because the faults that cause their suffering are the same as his.
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Luckily the stories that follow are delightfully dark, funny and real comments on the human condition.
Saunders may not be a genius or the best writer of short stories around (sorry intro) but he is a bloody good writer.