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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

  • Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
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  • ISBN : 9780812995343
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 343 pages


In his long awaited first novel, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other for no one but Saunders could conceive it.February 1862 The Civil War is less than In his long awaited first novel, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other for no one but Saunders could conceive it.February 1862 The Civil War is less than one year old The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle Meanwhile, President Lincoln s beloved eleven year old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery My poor boy, he was too good for this earth, the president says at the time God has called him home Newspapers report that a grief stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy s body.From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance Within this transitional state called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie s soul.Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices living and dead, historical and invented to ask a timeless, profound question How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end


Author George Saunders

George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago In 1981 he received a B.S in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996 He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysi




Lincoln in the Bardo Reviews (31)

  • I should have known I really don t do well with the avant garde I want a plot, I want a story I want character development This offers none of the above I felt lost Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this The book alternates between reading like a the [..]

  • It s a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I ve read The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the QA tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story At the time of his 11 year [..]

  • The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits Keckley, op cit William Wallace Lincoln is sick He is burning up with fever His head is pounding to the beat of a song with a faster tempo than wh [..]

  • Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book EVERYONE loves it Nope, not me I actually hated it I ve heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw I should know better than to read a book in whi [..]

  • From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release I kept walking I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again The Tenth of December was the number 1 best seller for months and months..Everyone seemed to LOVE it OUTSTANDING they all said NOT FOR ME.I didn t understand the hype [..]

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