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by George Saunders

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Title:Tenth of December: Stories
Authors:George Saunders
Info:Random House (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 272 pages
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A brilliant collection, even if its author pulls too many punches. You can wring a cheery ending from even the darkest of these stories which, for some reason, left me feeling a little disappointed that the depths of despair they hint at are never truly plumbed. However, almost every piece is brilliant, and they vary enough to each be memorable in their own right. An easy recommendation. ( )
  alexrichman | Dec 7, 2014 |
This one is not easy to rate. Some stories were incredibly moving, others so so. The title story? Couldn't finish it. I think the title story was in another collection I read and I wasn't able to read it that time either. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Nov 23, 2014 |
I listened to the audio version of this book, read by the author, and found it very entertaining, as well as thought provoking in some places. I absolutely loved the writing style, which matched well with the way in which it was performed. Some of the short stories have humor in them, some contain deeper meaning. Some are very futuristic, some are quite down to earth. The variety is perfectly balanced, not once did I feel overwhelmed by one feeling or the other. I had never heard of the author prior to picking up this book as part of our local library's reading program, but you can be certain he is now on my reading list. ( )
  mirrani | Nov 11, 2014 |
Interesting collection from an author new to me.
Google summary: George Saunders' most wryly hilarious and disturbing collection yet, Tenth of December illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations. A family member recollects a backyard pole dressed for all occasions; Jeff faces horrifying ultimatums and the prospect of DarkenfloxxTM in some unusual drug trials; and Al Roosten hides his own internal monologue behind a winning smile that he hopes will make him popular. With dark visions of the future riffing against ghosts of the past and the ever-settling present, this collection sings with astonishing charm and intensity. ( )
  novelcommentary | Oct 1, 2014 |
it's George Saunders's incredible voice and his understated forays into the magical that lift this book above the pack, IMO. When Saunders's characters wander into strange territory, they seem to do it without the slightest need to call attention to either themselves or their creator, which makes it all right, rather than a way to substitute clever and witty for good. ( )
  jimnicol | Sep 26, 2014 |
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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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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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