Pastoralia

Pastoralia

by George Saunders
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Overview

Pastoralia by George Saunders

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders now surpasses his New York Times Notable Book, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, with this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.

One of Entertainment Weekly’s Ten Best Books of the Year

"Artful and sophisicated... truly unusual. Imagine Lewis's Babbitt thrown into the backseat of a car going cross-country, driven by R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Harvey Pekar, or Spike Jonze." -- The New York Times

"Saunders is a provocateur, a moralist, a zealot, a lefty, and a funny, funny writer, and the stories in Pastoralia delight. We're very luck to have them." -- Esquire

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101569252
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2001
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 204,973
File size: 314 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

George Saunders is the author of Lincoln in the Bardo; Tenth of DecemberIn Persuasion Nation; The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil; Pastoralia; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; The Braindead Megaphone; and a children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. His work appears regularly in the New Yorker, Harper's and GQ. In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." In 2000, The New Yorker named him one of the "Best Writers Under 40."  He is a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. He teaches at Syracuse University.


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Pastoralia 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must if you like the previous work of George Saunders. Funny, funny, funny.