Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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.
Posted by Julie G at 4:51 PM