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Pastoralia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Awesomley Unique

    Reads like a freight train in charlies chocolate factory. The imagination if the settings are balanced with real world subject matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2003

    Strange and very typical behavior

    The first story in this book, the title story, grabbed me immediately. I laughed aloud, delighted at the inventiveness of Saunders' depiction of the corporate culture, as seen through the eyes of a poor working stiff in the pre-historic-land exhibit of a theme park. And really, be it a cubicle or a cave, corporate jargon or grunts and gestures, the author reinforces a universal truth: we are a flawed species, and when pressed, we default to some very strange, very typical behavior. His characters are both bizarre and entirely recognizable: so many hapless, imperfect souls stuck in an even more imperfect world, trying to find happiness in spite of themselves--even, in one case, in spite of being dead. As Pogo was known to say, "We have met the enemy, and he is us." Saunders' sense of humor elevates our mundane dance with discontent to a charming, hilarious, sad, familiar but refreshing jig.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    a collection of bad metaphors

    The satirical Pastoralia will cause you to harass your book-reading circle, reciting countless excerpts, promising that each will be the last you read aloud ¿ that is until you turn the page and realize the next page is just as funny and cannot be left out. If you read this book in public, Saunders will embarrass you as you laugh out loud at one bad metaphor after another from a man devouring his enchilada "as if it is alive and he doesn't want to wake it" to your friends and family "crapping it your oatmeal." So here you go, but don¿t read all six short stories in one sitting ¿ let each provide you with its own break from reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2001

    Workingmans Genius

    I believe George Saunders to be an extraordinary, original talent. His stories explore community from the inside out; from neighborhoods where the disconnect of the present fuses each life separately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2001

    Great stuff!

    Mr. Saunders lets us inside characters that are probably a lot closer to who real, average americans are than what the media leads us to believe. Most are painfully average and suburban or just common. The stories are both funny and unsettling. I rarely see mention of my favorite story,'The Falls'. I continue to corner friends and family and read it out loud to them. In fact, try reading it out loud while you walk...the cadence of the story seems to follow Morse's gait. Enjoy!

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