Dec. 24 – George Saunders -Lincoln in the Bardo [Advent Calendar]

The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2017
Advent Calendar
December 24

 

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A Novel

George Saunders

 
Hardback: Random House, 2017
 
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“Fans who have worried and wondered what a Saunders novel might look like will (possibly) be reassured that it is every bit as peculiar as his other stories. If you happen to pick up this novel in the “Historical Fiction” section, understand it is not a typical Civil War novel. Neither, though, is it typical Saunders, if such a thing exists; even by the metric of his past work, this book is bizarre. The structure is different from anything I’ve read—in fact, it took me several chapters to even figure out how to read it. Essentially, he uses several narrators and citations from other books, pieced together to tell the story. To me,it felt less like a “novel”—whatever connotations the term carries with it—and instead just like one of his inimitable stories, albeit longer. Despite the length, the book reads quickly (I read it in three sittings). This is due partly to the choppy structure and partly to his excellent writing. His sentences are clear and vibrant, and in this sense, the book is easy to read.”

  • from our review of this book by Brent Schnipke
    in our Lent 2017 magazine issue.
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