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July's Post-Apocalyptic Book Discussion: George Saunders's CivilWarLand

  • Jul 25, 2013 · 7:30 PM
  • Freebird Books

We are yet again going a little off the beaten track, this time to a satirical and more literary track.  Here's what the Times had to say about Saunders's early collection of apocalyptic tales, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline:

"The debut of an exciting new voice in fiction. Mr. Saunders writes like the illegitimate offspring of [Nathaniel] West and Kurt Vonnegut, perhaps a distant relative of Mark Leyner and Steven Wright. He's a savage satirist with a sentimental streak who delineates, in these pages, the dark underbelly of the American dream: the losses, delusions, and terrors suffered by the lonely, the disenfranchised, the downtrodden and the plain unlucky. . . . Bizarre events pop up regularly in CivilWarLand like road signs on a highway, directing the reader toward the dark heart of Mr. Saunders's America. What powers the stories along is Mr. Saunders's wonderfully demented language, his ear for absurdity and slang, his own patented blend of psychobabble, techno-talk and existential angst. Mr. Saunders's satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it is also ferocious and very funny."

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  • Anthony O.

    Great discussion. Hope to make the next one.

    July 25, 2013

  • Maddie W.

    Can't make it but loved the book

    July 25, 2013

  • shelley e.

    will have to read this one on my own... maybe next time

    July 25, 2013

  • david f.

    I'm hosting a discussion of Heritage of Hastur by Marion Zimmer Bradley this Thursday at the Gay Book Discussion Group. This was the first SF book I ever read that featured a gay protagonist. The book is a coming of age, and a coming out book set in a science fantasy background.

    We will be meeting at Park Plaza Diner at 7:00 PM. You are all cordially invited to attend.

    July 15, 2013

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