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Tenth of December: Stories by George…

Tenth of December: Stories

by George Saunders

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Definitely one of the better short story collections I've read. Saunders has a way with language that makes it seem just so easy, almost an afterthought. Take the lady who wore mis-matched shoes on accident and you read into it super deep- did she only have those two? Did her cat piss in the mate to the one she really likes and can't bear to go without it? Maybe she was too distracted with her incredible morning love-making with a brand new vibrator...color? purple, definitely a purple vibe sort of gal. And now you are caught in this crazy stream-of-consciousness imagining about all the whys and the hows. This is how a George Saunders story works as he takes just this simple base and spirals out from there with gut-punching emotion and connection to the reader. I can see where others might find this spiraling annoying but I loved every second. Each story in his collection is likeable for different reasons. That is pretty cool to me. ( )
  ambersnowpants | Aug 23, 2018 |
Un homme-cobaye prisonnier d'un laboratoire, un lycéen rêveur, un manager, un employé d'un parc d'attractions e quelques femmes au bord de la crise de nerfs, tels sont les (anti-) héros de ce livre dans lequel l'absurde règne en maître.
  ACParakou | May 31, 2018 |
Intricately constructed to the extent of obscuring characterization but fascinating nonetheless. Several of the stories will stick in my mind for quite awhile. Found it impossible to read more than one in an evening. On the other hand, much of it seemed quirky for quirk's sake. Would have preferred straight scifi than this somewhat awkward mix of imagination, odd structure, and remarkably unpleasant people and outcomes. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
I remember reading somewhere that you can glimpse the current mindset of society by its contemporary short stories. If that is true, based on the last two books I've read -- both short story collections -- we are in a dark, strange place. But if we're being honest with ourselves, we already know that.

If I've read George Saunders before, I don't remember. And I think I would remember because he definitely has some thematic "issues": disparity of wealth, the thin line between lucidity and insanity, how people judge others, the shallowness of conspicuous consumption...and definitely a cynical view of pharmaceutical companies.

One of the things I noticed is that the stories are written in an ambiguous time: there is usually some element that seems futuristic, but it's held in place with references to things that hold you firmly into the present -- a mention of a tour in Afghanistan, a reference to Skyping, a hint about current music. It's a psychological play worthy of The Twilight Zone, one that keeps you slightly off-balance and willing to suspend disbelief.

The only criticism I have of the book is that it's just too much at one time. If I'd read these stories one at a time, over a period of months, I'd have enjoyed them far more. Taken in one go, it was too much of the same. It's too much of the same tone, too much of the same kind of darkness, too much bipolar ranting and "poor damn fool is his own worst enemy" setup. ( )
  Yaaresse | Apr 24, 2018 |
Este año casi no he leído cuentos. No, definitivamente no había leído ni un cuento en todo este año; me dediqué a las novelas. Entonces, antes de que termine, encontré esta colección de Saunders (autor que solo conocía de oídas), era 9 de diciembre, me dejé llevar por la casi perfecta coincidencia y decidí darle una oportunidad. Resultó el retorno más agradable que podia imaginar al formato de la narrativa corta.

Todos los relatos que componen la colección son de altísima calidad; Saunders es un maestro contador de historias y al poco tiempo su estilo se vuelve tremendamente adictivo. Los saltos entre perspectivas de distintos personajes, el coqueteo con la ciencia ficción y los diálogos imaginados de los personajes con otros personajes, entre otras, son algunas de las señas particulares que Saunders maneja a la perfección y hacen que sus historias funcionen magníficamente.

Hay cierta unidad en esta colección: personajes ordinarios que toman decisiones en momentos trascendentales, decisiones que cambian el curso de sus vidas y las de otros, personajes que hacen actos de sacrificio y de redención que definen destinos. Y también hay mucho humor en medio de esos dramas. El humor inherente al reconocimiento de las pequeñas frustraciones personales que todos compartimos. Así son las historias de "Diez de diciembre", un libro que renovó con fuerza mi afición por los relatos cortos. Hay que leer más de Saunders, definitivamente. ( )
  andresborja42 | Mar 24, 2018 |
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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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