Pastoralia

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2001 - Fiction - 208 pages
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders now surpasses his New York Times Notable Book, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, with this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.

One of Entertainment Weekly’s Ten Best Books of the Year

"Artful and sophisicated... truly unusual. Imagine Lewis's Babbitt thrown into the backseat of a car going cross-country, driven by R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Harvey Pekar, or Spike Jonze." -- The New York Times

"Saunders is a provocateur, a moralist, a zealot, a lefty, and a funny, funny writer, and the stories in Pastoralia delight. We're very luck to have them." -- Esquire

 

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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

PASTORALIA
WINKY
The End of FIRPO IN THE WORLD
THE FALLS
Copyright

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George Saunders is the author of Lincoln in the Bardo; Tenth of DecemberIn Persuasion Nation; The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil; Pastoralia; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; The Braindead Megaphone; and a children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. His work appears regularly in the New Yorker, Harper's and GQ. In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." In 2000, The New Yorker named him one of the "Best Writers Under 40."  He is a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. He teaches at Syracuse University.


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