The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

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Penguin, 2005 - Fiction - 130 pages
22 Reviews
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.

In a profoundly strange country called Inner Horner, large enough for only one resident at a time, citizens waiting to enter the country fall under the rule of the power-hungry and tyrannical Phil, setting off a chain of injustice and mass hysteria.

An Animal Farm for the 21st century, this is an incendiary political satire of unprecedented imagination, spiky humor, and cautionary appreciation for the hysteric in everyone. Over six years in the writing, and brilliantly and beautifully packaged, this novella is Saunders' first stand-alone, book-length work--and his first book for adults in five years.

 

 

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User Review  - doryfish - LibraryThing

This story certainly hits all the George Saunders rhythms - it's funny, surreal, melancholy, yet hopeful all at once - but it's not his best work. I don't really understand why this was published as a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

George Saunders’ short stories are brilliant. This is a novel of equal brilliance. In a place called Outer Horner a being named Phil whose brain tends to dislodge maneuvers himself into a position of ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
12
Section 3
17
Section 4
22
Section 5
35
Section 6
54
Section 7
65
Section 8
113
Section 9
123
Section 10
135
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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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