Since its publication in , George Saunders’s debut collection has grown in esteem from a cherished cult classic to a masterpiece of the form, inspiring an. CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE. W x T HEN a potential big investor comes for the tour the first thing I always do is take them out to the transplanted Erie. Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella. George Saunders, Author Random House (NY) $22 (0p) ISBN

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Isabelle is the one uplifting tale in the book. Mar 24, Jessica Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves: No explanations necessary, he would have said; all meanings are contained in the stories themselves. I really hope Saunders continues writing for a long time to come and goes down as one of the great literary satirists. I believe he takes more pleasure in his perfect creatures, and cheers them on like a brainless dad as they run roughshod over the rest of us.

Like I said, I’m not sure how far anybody has ever gone with the Wallace comparisons to Saunders, so I’m not sure if any of this applies. Special Thanks to Meliza of Mecanism for giving me a copy. They are abrupt and telegraphic and odd. A mangled hand is a badge of honor. Bountythe novella which ends the collection, is a nightmarish vision of future America, where the Flawed people with genetic abnormalities are forced to work in historical recreations to entertain the wealthy Normals.

Post-burial, I write up the invoices and a paragraph or two on how overjoyed the raccoons were when we set them free.

And then there is George Saunders, always good for a laugh. The only problem, for me, is that I suppose I don’t like satire anymore, not in large doses, anyway. Lindsay Hun Set in a near-future Ciilwarland which appears to have become one big dilapidated theme park, the bizarre stories and novella of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline are by turns funny, disturbing and moving. But that seems to be Saunders calling card. Oct 03, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: The senior prom he is missing, or that Mexico trip with a hot girl he is supposed to bzd having.


Given the title, the opening eponymous story conspicuously lacked any reference to deckine, its absurd theme park merely a place of nostalgic leisure for the rich. It’s also satisfying to find I can now detect Saunders’ bbad in the work of so many other writers I admire – to name a few: Want to Read saving…. His characters wheeze and moan with pathetic life and piss themselves. But a lot of these tales sound the same.

We see people pushed through degrading drudgery just to survive, dehumanized, enslaved and laughed at, and we see those who have cjvilwarland above it only looking down with mirthful scorn. But this day, we talked.

Civilwarland in Bad Decline, his collection of short stories and one novella is Vonnegutesque in the sense that Saunders pokes relentless fun at our society dfcline culture, accepts Louis CK-like civilwarlannd abashed groans, and then plunges ahead with more of his acerbic, vitriolic and wickedly funny as hell slam dunk on our society. The bizarre circumstances and setting are given the spotlight, and though definitely original, I tire easily of indulgent flights of fancy and gimmicky castles in the sand.

Share any thoughts you have with me in the comments The problem with the next Jordan controversy is that while Vince Carter has or more aptly once had the capacity for in-air improvisation that Jordan had, Dwyane Wade has the ability to put a team on his shoulders and almost single-handedly win playoff series, and Kobe has the clutch instincts and competitive intensity Jordan had, none of these guys are on MJ’s level.

They are dark and apocalyptic but hysterical and heartwarming: Published February 6th by Vintage first published Its stories are balanced and rewarding although kinda same-y occasionallythe Bounty novella cicilwarland less elegant but quite unforgettable, and overall he can do things in the span of a page that will make your head spin.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

Just because you have the power over another life, you should not kill it, smite it, ridicule it, enslave it or abuse it in any way.


It is this self-centered view that led the world to such a predicament. It was small but sweet, and the four of us lived there, happily. My book is funny. Humor was therapy then, the absurd a close friend. Minutes later I peeked in, as any writer might have done. And so it goes. For Christmas, I received two books explicitly name checked Wallace on the back cover.

And so, for me at least, there is a disconnect.

Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

Are they in a separate document or what? There are a lot of reasons to feel like shit here too.

To start the New Year off in tune with my hangover bluuuuues, I couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate tone than Saunders’ bomb crater soul with somehow but barely still beating heart, nihilistic we’re all screwed so let’s laugh As far as dystopian literature goes, it is an effective one because not only does it present a decayed world filled with greed, hate, corruption and ecological degradation but it underscores the fact that such a world is achieved by human choice.

I remember the autumn before the purge, when the Flaweds in our grade school were fitted with bracelets during a surprise assembly.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

I can’t fault it a single sentence. Jul 02, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: In the wonderful preface which can be read in full herehe reveals that he wrote these stories over the course of seven years while working a monotonous office job. Declie you read Civilwarland in Civilwarlqnd Declin Have you ever heard a politically incorrect joke and laughed, and then felt guilty, but then laughed again?