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Tenth of December: Stories

by George Saunders

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So glad I finally read him- can't wait to read more ( )
  Abbey_Harlow | Oct 5, 2017 |
I loved this collection of short stories by Saunders. While all the stories are good, here are my favorites (in order):

1) "Tenth of December" (The New Yorker, 2011)

2) "Escape from Spiderhead" (The New Yorker, 2010)

3) "Sticks" (Harper's, 1995)

4) "The Semplica Girl Diaries" (The New Yorker, 2012)

5) "Puppy" (The New Yorker, 2007)

In these stories, Saunders breaks down some of societies greatest vices: Avarice, control, apathy and cruelty. There is not anything mind blowing about these stories, but afterwards you will feel more aware and alive -that is what all good literature should be about.

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering and I responded … sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.”
― George Saunders, Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness ( )
  Mitchell_Bergeson_Jr | Aug 6, 2017 |
Victory Lap: ★★★☆☆
Sticks: ★★☆☆☆
Puppy: ★★★★☆
  Netpilgrim | Jun 25, 2017 |
Tenth of December - Saunders
3 stars

I was very impressed with Lincoln in the Bardo. It wasn’t an easy or a pleasant book, but I was captive to the originality. The short stories in this book have that originality. They also examine a variety of difficult issues. However, with one or two exceptions, I didn’t like them at all. They are dark and full of unlikable and/or incompetent characters, but I don’t think that was my problem. Saunders’ characters are very realistic even if their situations may be a bit exaggerated in some of the stories. My biggest difficulty was that I became annoyed with his writing style. I got tired of disjointed sentences, repetitive stream of consciousness, and the lack of quotation marks. It might have been better to read these stories singly, with long breaks between them. Long breaks, filled with some uncomplicated, straightforward prose. ( )
  msjudy | Jun 10, 2017 |
Most of the stories were good, just not great. Just something missing that I cannotput a finger on. I liked the title story best. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
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No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised, those Americans who struggle to pay the bills, make the rent, hold onto a job they might detest — folks who find their dreams slipping from their grasp as they frantically tread water, trying to keep from drowning.

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Three days shy of her fifteenth birthday, Alison Pope paused at the top of the stairs.
Based on the experience of my life, which I have not exactly hit out of the park, I tend to agree with that thing about, If it's not broke, don't fix it. And would go even further to: Even if it is broke, leave it alone, you'll probably make it worse.
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One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet.

In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.

Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.

Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December—through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.”
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A collection of stories which includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.… (more)

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