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Tenth of December: Stories (2013)

by George Saunders

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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.

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I’m pretty sure I just read the future episodes of Black Mirror. ( )
  cbwalsh | Sep 13, 2023 |
Was disappointing, too bad. Probably well written, but far too similar to Confederacy of Dunces and Garp with those dialogues and that special characters. Didn't like the settings. Nice stories though: The Cross, (length is fine) Tenth of December (I didn't realize right away there were two narrators, Agreed with Gbill and ByardUS regarding this story), Victory Lap and Spiderhead, . Although those short sentences are quite fine. ( )
  EMS_24 | Aug 19, 2023 |
Over all, pretty disappointing. Even if a story or two was interesting, their flaccid endings almost always negated any ground gained. ( )
  beckyrenner | Aug 3, 2023 |
Perceptive, frequently hilarious, and sometimes quite moving, these stories are masterfully crafted and quite attention-grabbing. So much so that I finished the collection in just two days! Probably not the ideal way to read it; I felt some of the stories suffered a bit from the proximity in my brain to the previous ones I had just read. I might have to reread to fully appreciate some of them. That being said, I have already read my favorite story in the collection, "Sticks", several times -- easy to do, because it's only one page long! Bleak yet quite funny, it sketches a whole life story in a few brief strokes. A model of narrative economy. ( )
  therem | Jul 20, 2023 |
All the hype is real. Some amazing writing. Love the 1 1/2 page essay on the Dad. I did think a couple of the stories were not amazing, which is the strongest criticism I can come up with. ( )
  Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
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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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Damsma, HarmTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lovell, JoelForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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.

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