George Saunders - Civilwarland in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

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  • The Wave Maker Falters

    Apr 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Brilliant, biting satire and a strange poigancy
    Cons: it ends

    Summary: George Saunders short story collection, CivilWarLand In Bad Decline, is a remarkable achievement. CivilWarland contains some of the most brilliant satire in recent years. Saunders style is slightly similar to that of T.C. Boyle, yet he creates his own ... read more

  • Infectious Madness from a True Original.

    Nov 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Brillaint inventiveness, extraordinary empathy, often disturbing.
    Cons: Too short, leaves the reader wanting more.

    Summary: If you haven't read George Saunders yet I have two things to say. One, read George Saunders. Two, when you do read George Saunders be prepared to encounter writing unlike any you have ever read before. Included are six stories and a novella of such ... read more

  • Yeah, The Future is Bleak

    Oct 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: funny and frightening
    Cons: not exactly a prolific output

    Summary: ...or so George Saunders would have us believe. In his future, the desiccated husk of society is inadequately masked beneath a thin layer of patently counterfeit corporate benevolence. Saunders' post-apocalyptic Dickensian nightmare of captive labor ... read more

  • Pass notes on CivilWarLand

    Jul 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Genius in patches
    Cons: Some repetition of ideas

    Summary: Just a totally brief review because I'm supposed to be revising for medical exams....but I just finished reading this great book. I've already read Pastoralia, and really there's little to choose between the two. If anything Pastoralia is a little more ... read more

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