Pastoralia

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A&C Black, Jan 3, 2013 - Fiction - 288 pages
22 Reviews
'Saunders is an astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic and funny - telling just the kind of stories we need to get us through these times' Thomas Pynchon

In PASTORALIA elements of contemporary life are twisted, merged and amplified into a slightly skewed version of modern America. A couple live and work in a caveman theme-park, where speaking is an instantly punishable offence. A born loser attends a self-help seminar where he is encouraged to rid himself of all the people who are 'crapping in your oatmeal'. And a male exotic dancer and his family are terrorised by their decomposing aunt who visits them with a solemn message from beyond the grave. With an uncanny combination of deadpan naturalism and uproarious humour, George Saunders creates a world that is both indelibly original and yet hauntingly familiar ...
 

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Saunders can be brilliantly odd with his warped versions of the modern world ... but when the setting is more realistic, the stories become rather predictable. He's an unswerving optimist when it ... Read full review

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User Review  - byebyelibrary - LibraryThing

Saunders seems only interested in writing about two types of characters. The first is exemplified by the main character in the novella, Pastoralia, a decent sad sack stuck in a humiliating and ... Read full review

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Contents

WlNKY
68
SEA DAK
90
THE END OF FIRPD IN THE WORLD
126
THE BARBERS UNHAPPINESS
136
THE FALLS
174
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George Saunders is the author of CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a NEW YORK TIMES Notable Book of the year. He teaches Creative Writing at Syracuse University.

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