Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
It may appear that George Saunders is the new kid on the block as he walks away with this years Man Booker Prize and while he is indeed a first time novelist, many readers are familiar with George Saunders already….
His short stories are dream to read and already he has a significant following with some glowing reviews.
“It’s tough to think of a living short-story writer – or even a dead one – who garners as much peer approval as George Saunders…” – San Francisco Chronicle
And my personal favourite…
“George Saunders — the beloved cult author known for surreal short stories about American nuttiness — is the master of joy bombs…” – Entertainment Weekly
Not just a short story writer George Saunders is a big advocate of kindness (as we all should be) and his foray into children’s writing with The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip demonstrates his work on Kindness and Community.
If the name George Saunders doesn’t mean anything to you yet then you should definitely check out some of his other work. He’s a satirist, a Sci-Fi writer, kindness advocate, oh and don’t forget the Manbooker Prize Winner of 2017!!!
To start you off here’s a round up of George Saunders books!
Your Father sends his love is a collection of twelve short stories about parental (or in one case Grandparental) relationships. It’s not all rosy stories of happy endings but the gritty highs and lows that people experience in relationships. From a fathers loss to a fathers defense of his child and more, Evers seeks the best and worst, the most emotive and personal elements these relationships bring.
I found that something in this collection was missing for me. I wanted more…..I didn’t feel like the author gave me enough to go on, which might sound vague but it’s hard to describe the feeling I felt when coming to the end of each story.
Some, I felt were nearly there, they were pulling me in and I could feel the story beginning to wrap around me but just before it really got hold it would end and then I’d be off on the next one.
The pace of the stories is slow as short stories go, I felt that with more pace I would’ve been there, I would’ve got what the author was trying to get across more
But, one story called “There are Days” really excited me. I loved the way the author left you thinking about who Ben was really writing those letters for knowing they’d be seen or is he just being a Grandparent to his Grandchild! This is what I felt was missing in the other stories. I didn’t ask questions I didn’t feel the suspense with the other stories that I felt with this one. I didn’t feel the other stories were as open to interpretation.
And I know it may seem here that I wouldn’t, but based on that one story I’d read other works by this author because although this collection didn’t do it for me I feel he is talented and if he can connect with me in one short story then I’d love to see what he could do with more.
Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from netgalley in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.