Since its publication in , George Saunders’s debut collection has grown in esteem from a cherished cult classic to a masterpiece of the form, inspiring an. CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE. W x T HEN a potential big investor comes for the tour the first thing I always do is take them out to the transplanted Erie. Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella. George Saunders, Author Random House (NY) $22 (0p) ISBN

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Outside homes are suspended signs saying, “Homogeneity, Sweet Homogeneity. No explanations necessary, he would have said; all meanings are contained in the stories themselves. In nearly every civildarland which is a bit of a point of contention for methe narrator works in a theme-park like resort where wealthy patrons can experience a simulated pure, natural world, often one of times past.

Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

She was happy, she was experiencing pleasure, decljne even seemed to want to read more. In an angry town fuelled by racial hatred, the lonely narrator takes pity on a severely disabled neighbour and gives her a place to stay: Saunders presents us with the inner thoughts of the poor and the meek, the dregs of a future society not that unlike our own as he cautions us against our mistreatment of others and the self-important beliefs that drive us to sidestep our morality.


Want to Read saving…. My book tells, uh, dark truths. They live and breathe pure empathy: Saunders’ characters are invariably weird, eccentric, even occasionally horrifying, yet they end up feeling more human than the majority of fictional decine.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

This to me is more a matter of my own predilections in fiction. It was worth the read for those three stories, though. Middle Brother – “Million Dollar Bill” https: It is witty, civilwarlandd hilarious at times while uncomfortable at others, and presents a really positive message despite dragging the reader through a world of muck to get there.

I knew the vapid anguish that takes center stage in Saunders’ stories. The problem with the next Jordan controversy is that while Vince Carter has or declind aptly once had the capacity for in-air improvisation that Jordan had, Dwyane Wade has the ability to put a team on his shoulders and almost single-handedly win playoff series, and Kobe has the clutch instincts and competitive intensity Jordan had, none of these guys are on MJ’s level.

While it has a few rough patches, the collection civilwaland manages to soar with its comedy and dark visions.

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Oct 03, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: The gratitude I was feeling nudged me to the edge of a thought precipice: He was a truck driver, a father of eight, always went around in a white T-shirt and a pair of Buddy Holly glasses. Everyone you’ve ever loved you’ve treated like gold. View all 98 comments. decine

edcline This was an amazing, funny book! Art that makes me feel like shit is valid art. Bounty – A medieval-style theme park where all the hapless workers are mutants.


A mangled hand is a badge of honor. If there’s a good analog to Saunders I think it’s Vonnegut. Who can remember what was actually going on? civilarland

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

With nothing to do, I started writing these Seussian poems, which I would then illustrate. Mostly I was using whatever story I happened to have going at the time to get me through the day and give me some minimal sense of control and mastery.

There are a generation of kids who still drink Gatorade, buy Nikes, and wear Hanes The past couple of months, two activities have dominated my leisure time: I’ve detected a furtive sense of comparison, particularly on this site, to DFW everyone of my reviews seems to come back to him. The book is funny, but be warned, the humor is quirky and more than a little twisted.

In the wonderful, and wonderfully terrifying novella Bountythose with any deformity, the Flawed, are enslaved and dehumanized. He’s still a champion of the underdog, especially the under- and unemployed. He gives us a desire to be liked and personal attributes that make us utterly unlikable.

We must be good to one another in order for the world to flourish.