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Pastoralia av George Saunders
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Pastoralia (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2001)

av George Saunders

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Named by The New Yorker as one of the Twenty Best American Fiction Writers Under Forty, George Saunders has been recognised as a visionary storyteller with a hypnotic style. Critics have place him in the tradition of Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut - 'wildly funny, pure, generous - all that a great humorist should be' said Garrison Keillor.… (mer)
Medlem:blanderson
Titel:Pastoralia
Författare:George Saunders
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2001), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 208 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Pastoralia av George Saunders (2000)

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    Haunted av Chuck Palahniuk (askthedust, askthedust)
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George Saunders' reputation as a pre-eminent short story writer remains in tact with me. His stories are unique, witty, sometimes shocking, and always engaging. This collection includes a man living as a caveman in a museum exhibit, a matriarch returned from the grave, a shy man wanting a relationship despite a domineering mother, and more. The audio edition has excellent narration, too. Very, very good! ( )
  hemlokgang | Sep 4, 2021 |
The characters and the stories are interesting, but there is nothing compelling about them. The characters all end up pretty much where they started. Its as if each story is the first chapter in a book. ( )
  grandpahobo | Jun 14, 2021 |
Hilarious, original short stories. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Funny. ( )
  mbeaty91 | Sep 9, 2020 |
Uneven collection, but two of the stories made me laugh so much, I have to say it's well worth it. Refreshingly zany and original voice. ( )
  Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
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Here it is, revisited for our entertainment in George Saunders’ second collection of satirical short stories, the new-look land of the free: themed up, dumbed down and laid out ready for embalming. Saunders has been compared to Pynchon and Vonnegut, yet the disgust that fuels his world recalls Nathaniel West. He shares too West’s taste for grotesquery yet these stories are raised above the level of mordant masterpieces by an extra dimension: hope.
 
Saunders specialises in giving losers - the ugly, the weak, the self-absorbed - a flicker of appeal or delusional hope. We meet them in motivational seminars, drivers' education courses, walking home from dead-end jobs. We follow them to places like Sea Oak, with "no sea and no oak, just 100 subsidised apartments and a rear view of FedEx". Inside those apartments, the tenants are watching TV: "How My Child Died Violently is hosted by Matt Merton, a six-foot-five blond who's always giving the parents shoulder rubs and telling them they've been sainted by pain."

 
There are six stories in this collection. Four of them are very good, and the other two are at least good -- a success average that is highly unusual for a short-story collection. If, like your humble reviewer, you had to regularly review short-story collections, you would soon discover that they almost always suck -- tinseling suburban dullness with some distant derivative of the Joycean epiphany until you want to scream: Basta! That Saunders stories are on such a high level is close to miraculous.

 
Saunders's extraordinary talent is in top form in his second collection, in which his vision of a hellishly (and hopefully) exaggerated dystopia of late capitalist America is warmed and impassioned by his regular, irregular and flat-out wacky characters.
These characters may not have much, but they do possess the author's compassion, and so are enigmas of decency enshrouded in dark, TV-hobbled dumbness. Saunders, with a voice unlike any other writer's, makes these losers funny, plausible and absolutely winning.
tillagd av steevohenderson | ändraPublishers Weekly (May 1, 2000)
 
The freakish, cowed characters filling Saunders's acclaimed debut, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1995), have spawned a new crop of unhappy, scabrously comic campers in these six stories, as the struggle among them to be happy and do the right thing continues.

Being inside the teeming heads of these folks is amusing and enlightening. So accurately are they rendered, in all their flawed glory, that they appear not only perfectly human but familiar.

tillagd av steevohenderson | ändraKirkus Reviews (Apr 1, 2000)
 

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Named by The New Yorker as one of the Twenty Best American Fiction Writers Under Forty, George Saunders has been recognised as a visionary storyteller with a hypnotic style. Critics have place him in the tradition of Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut - 'wildly funny, pure, generous - all that a great humorist should be' said Garrison Keillor.

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