Monday, July 8, 2013
I couldn't be more pleased. This is actually my first experience with George Saunders, but it definitely won't be my last. He did an amazing job of taking everyday life and making slight changes that show humanity in a totally different light. It gives each story an insight into the human experience without being moralistic or directly preaching to the reader.
It's the twist I love in short stories, and I was provided with them in abundance in this collection. I found it to be compulsively listen-able and looked forward to my daily commute as a chance to enjoy the stories. I even found myself listening in bed at night on more than one occasion. It's literary, but not in the sense of lacking plot. Each story moves quickly and is, I think, accessible for most readers.
I certainly enjoyed listening to the stories on audiobook, but I will also plan to read them in print at some point in the future. I feel like I may have gotten even more out of them had I had the opportunity to read at a more leisurely pace and stop to reflect at various points. None of that, however, is a reflection of the narration itself, which is just fine.
If you like literary fiction or short stories, it's an absolute must read. I think it could also interest those who are fans of "twist" endings, vaguely dystopic settings, and the slightly macabre.
Posted by Julie G at 8:39 PM