Since its publication in , George Saunders’s debut collection has grown in esteem from a cherished cult classic to a masterpiece of the form, inspiring an. CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE. W x T HEN a potential big investor comes for the tour the first thing I always do is take them out to the transplanted Erie. Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella. George Saunders, Author Random House (NY) $22 (0p) ISBN

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I don’t always need to be told through fiction that the world is horrible — I know that. Jan 24, Blair rated it really liked it Shelves: The president and sergeant at arms were standing with brown ankles in the shallow, favorably comparing my Attraction to real surf.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

An ‘Americana’ theme park called ‘Our Nation’s Bounty. Aug 27, Josh gad it it was amazing. After burial comes prayer, a personal touch that never fails to irritate Tim, our ruthless CEO. I work in a similarly unstimulating role and tend to spend much of it daydreaming about book So this is where it all began for George Saunders. Saunders takes our capitalistic, Judeo-Christian, western civilization morals and ethics and delivers an MMA beat down that would make Quinton “Rampage” Jackson wince.

In retrospect I was lucky—lucky to have my lame, black-and-white, museumish idea of literature, in which it was alwaysdenied me.

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People have names like Shirleen and Melvin. No other athlete since Babe Ruth has been able to summon similar myth-making moments.

My favorites among the seven stories are: Jun 10, Leo Robertson rated it liked it. Paula and I went out for a celebratory dinner that cost us twice what the magazine paid.

Such acclaim — and I see his consistent voice of contempt and clever constructions of a world not unlike ours but just a bit more focused on the details of its unpleasant and ludicrous sides. My wife, Paula, and I had gotten engaged after dating for three weeks. This really doesn’t bother me, and I don’t think it causes the reader or the publishing industry any harm. I feel similarly about the stories here. Saunders is a savage satirist, but is probably better when taken in small doses.


Saunders re-examines the past to portend the future, and extends the horrors encompass us all instead of stopping at boundaries of race, creed or gender. For my part, I don’t sense it. Then again, I’m in one of those moods where I would kinda fancy taking a slingshot and a pocket full of acorns into civilwarlnd public square and firing at random. I really hope Saunders continues writing for a long time to come and goes down as one of the great literary satirists.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Russell Morris – “The Real Thing” https: They live and breathe pure empathy: Petersburg Literary Seminar St. There is casual, negligent murder followed by halfhearted suburban, banal regret. We scoffed at the religious majority and their follies, poked fun dec,ine the consumerist drone of daily existence.

Schwartz – A guilt-ridden, hapless worker at a virtual reality franchise has a failing venture He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysics crew, as a doorman in Beverly Hills, a roofer in Chicago, a convenience store clerk, a guitarist in a Texas country-and-western band, and a knuckle-puller in cjvilwarland West Texas slaughterhouse.

Bar Saunders was born December 2, and raised on the south side of Chicago. Feb 28, s. He soon finds a way to extract his memory and place it on a disk.

Mar 24, Jessica Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m reassuring and joyful. Yet even where Saunders writes about these most pathetic and wormlike of souls, torturing them in the most hilarious outlandish ways, he shifts the tone and leaves us with the most irrational feeling of sensitivity or hope. After reading in People magazine about the Master’s program at Syracuse University, he applied.

Nov 09, Jon rated it liked it.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

But I still remember the baffled joy I felt civiwarland leaving the place, thinking: Now that that’s said, while this argument came to me while I was reading CivilWarLand in Bad DeclineI’m not sure this review is the best place to expound upon it. Lindsay Hun Set in a near-future America which appears to have become one big dilapidated theme park, the bizarre stories and civilwarlland of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline are by turns funny, disturbing and moving.


George Saunders thinks we are all assholes, and he is probably right.

I had earned a reputation as the go-to guy where document covers were concerned. Civilwarland in Bad Decline, his collection decilne short stories and one novella is Vonnegutesque in the sense that Saunders pokes relentless fun at our society and culture, accepts Louis CK-like the abashed groans, and then plunges ahead with more of his acerbic, vitriolic and wickedly funny as hell slam dunk on our society.

I was gaining weight, losing energy, had grown a consolation ponytail, would go home sore in my ankles and knees from walking what felt like miles on the thin carpeting that ran over our concrete floors.

Declnie book is not unhappy. They’re manufactured for fun, but they’re also filled with largely despondent, reckless or otherwise disaffected workers. Some people truly are above the laws.

But perhaps because I liked the later book so much, these feel embryonic, brimming A tough book to rate. Economics, politics, ecology, morals and culture degraded dramatically but at the same time vulgarity progressed incongruously.

Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

This is a dystopian world, filled with grotesques and the characters rarely arrive at anything resembling a happy ending: So I stole like a mother.

While the settings cvilwarland suggest genre fiction, Saunders’ writing reminded me more of Raymond Carver than Philip K. Saunders describes flagrant, unapologetic infidelity both literally and metaphorically. An absurd parody of a theme park suffering financial setbacks amidst roving teenage vandals.