Tuesday, January 7, 2014

MiniReviews: Pastoralia and In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders



After reading and falling in love with Tenth of December, the first thing I did with my new FLP account, having let it lapse for a few months in the summer, was put these on hold.  Reading them cemented Saunders as one of my all time favorite short story authors.

Of the two, I preferred In Persuasion Nation, which center loosely around our consumer-based society and pretty brilliantly skewer modern mores.  That's not to say that Pastoralia isn't brilliant, because it is, but it wasn't my favorite of the two.

And of course, I don't think either live up to Tenth of December, which was my favorite.  But they are both excellently done and deserve reading, especially if you're a fan of the short story.  Missing out on George Saunders would be a tragedy.  I can't recommend him highly enough.

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