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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel (original 2017; edition 2017)

by George Saunders (Author)

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Title:Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
Authors:George Saunders (Author)
Info:Random House (2017), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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It reads like a play but this is, technically, George Saunders' first novel. Presented mostly in ghostly dialogue, it's a Disney-gone-dark take on purgatory, with added historical high jinks as Saunders inserts fake 'non-fiction' accounts of the books' events. It's been criticised as slight, which is hard to argue with, but a glorified short story from such a master of the form is no bad thing. ( )
  alexrichman | Apr 20, 2017 |
What a remarkable book. I've never read (or listened to) anything like it.

The story is told both by all the dead souls remaining in the cemetery where Willie Lincoln is entombed, and through the best, most succinct quotes from historical documents, beautifully strung together into a whole. The souls often interrupt each other in their enthusiasm to move the narrative, their clamoring intensifies the account (but also makes it a little difficult to recognize who is who in the audible version; nevertheless the audible is also very satisfying. I plan to read it again wholly in print.).

The story, by the way, is both the sad history of Willie Lincoln dying and leaving his parents destitute, but also the histories of the many of the dead souls in bits and pieces, dead souls who still marvel at the beauty of this world. This is sad, funny, poignant, disturbing, ugly, beautiful, and challenging. ( )
  Connie-D | Apr 19, 2017 |
A unique and truly wonderful book - mind blowing! The story and characters will stay with me for a long time. The ending was absolutely perfect! ( )
  RiversideReader | Apr 19, 2017 |
A good book and if you get a chance listen to at least part of the audio book. It features more than 150 voice actors reading the parts of various characters in the book and historical quotations and was really great. ( )
  JohnMunsch | Apr 19, 2017 |
This is a really innovative piece of gothic literature. Interesting vision of the afterlife and about spirits who aren't quite ready to give up their earthly presence for various reasons. ( )
  ghefferon | Apr 17, 2017 |
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