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Pastoralia (2000)

af George Saunders

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Fiction. Literature. Short Stories. HTML:A stunning collection including the story "Sea Oak," from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders gives us, in his inventive and beloved voice, this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.
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    Sjak nr. 3 af Magnus Mills (pamelad)
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    Haunted af Chuck Palahniuk (askthedust, askthedust)
    askthedust: Le même style déjanté et corrosif .
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  RachelGMB | Dec 27, 2023 |
I could see the writer's imagination at work. That was the only positive thing I could see in Pastoralia. It took me back seventy years to my home in Brooklyn when I was less than ten years old. My father had a rule. There was no way any tabloid paper like the Post of Daily News was permitted. Simple reason. There was no need to bring garbage into the house. The stories in Pastoralia touched me the same way. Who needs this stuff? Unless that kind of stuff is interesting to you, give this a pass. ( )
  Ed_Schneider | Dec 12, 2023 |
An interesting collection of short stories. Not the best from Saunders, but certainly worth the time it took ton read them ( )
  dogboi | Sep 16, 2023 |
6 stories, one 5 star, two 4 stars, two 3 stars, and one 2 star = 3.5. I'm rounding to a three despite my LOVE for this author. One of the issues is the stories appeared in the order of best to worst (in my opinion), so that left you feeling a little bereft at the end instead of elated. Had the order been reversed, I probably would have gone with 4 stars.

Saunders' stories make fun of the mundane in very creative ways, and I really enjoy his weird characters. But you can tell this was his first book. [b:Tenth of December|13641208|Tenth of December|George Saunders|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1349967540s/13641208.jpg|19256026] was five stars all the way for me, so if you want to try Saunders short stories, I'd start there instead.

My favorite of the six stories was Pastoralia. A man and a woman portray cave people for some type of exhibit/amusement park. The on the job rules are very strict, and the living conditions are difficult, but both need the job because of challenging family situations. When the amusement park undergoes hard financial times, the pressure on job performance increases which leads to all sorts of consternation. I feel like this story is typical Saunders. Take a realistic situation - - people in a high pressure job which they need and which is vaguely exploitative - - and re-write it in a way that is both funny and a bit horrifying with fascinating characters that you actually do get to know in a very short period of time. Saunders sense of humor definitely aligns with mine, so I find myself chuckling, but it is subtle so perhaps it might not appeal to all. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
A collection of one novella -- the title story, which features a guy whose job is pretending to be a caveman in some kind of supposedly educational themed attraction and his less-than-enthusiastic work partner -- and five shorter pieces. All of them feature ordinary (or, honestly, pretty pathetic) working people with difficult (or, honestly, pretty pathetic) lives, all of them have that wonderfully off-kilter quality Saunders excels at so thoroughly, and all of them sit right at some kind of weird intersection between the hilarious and the deeply sad, although some tilt more strongly in one direction or the other.

It's great stuff. The only one that didn't completely grab me was "Winky," which starts, I think, much more strongly than it ends. But, really, even Saunders' not-quite-on-target stuff is better than a lot of folks' best efforts. ( )
1 stem bragan | Feb 19, 2023 |
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Here it is, revisited for our entertainment in George Saunders’ second collection of satirical short stories, the new-look land of the free: themed up, dumbed down and laid out ready for embalming. Saunders has been compared to Pynchon and Vonnegut, yet the disgust that fuels his world recalls Nathaniel West. He shares too West’s taste for grotesquery yet these stories are raised above the level of mordant masterpieces by an extra dimension: hope.
 
Saunders specialises in giving losers - the ugly, the weak, the self-absorbed - a flicker of appeal or delusional hope. We meet them in motivational seminars, drivers' education courses, walking home from dead-end jobs. We follow them to places like Sea Oak, with "no sea and no oak, just 100 subsidised apartments and a rear view of FedEx". Inside those apartments, the tenants are watching TV: "How My Child Died Violently is hosted by Matt Merton, a six-foot-five blond who's always giving the parents shoulder rubs and telling them they've been sainted by pain."

 
There are six stories in this collection. Four of them are very good, and the other two are at least good -- a success average that is highly unusual for a short-story collection. If, like your humble reviewer, you had to regularly review short-story collections, you would soon discover that they almost always suck -- tinseling suburban dullness with some distant derivative of the Joycean epiphany until you want to scream: Basta! That Saunders stories are on such a high level is close to miraculous.

 
Saunders's extraordinary talent is in top form in his second collection, in which his vision of a hellishly (and hopefully) exaggerated dystopia of late capitalist America is warmed and impassioned by his regular, irregular and flat-out wacky characters.
These characters may not have much, but they do possess the author's compassion, and so are enigmas of decency enshrouded in dark, TV-hobbled dumbness. Saunders, with a voice unlike any other writer's, makes these losers funny, plausible and absolutely winning.
tilføjet af steevohenderson | RedigerPublishers Weekly (May 1, 2000)
 
The freakish, cowed characters filling Saunders's acclaimed debut, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1995), have spawned a new crop of unhappy, scabrously comic campers in these six stories, as the struggle among them to be happy and do the right thing continues.

Being inside the teeming heads of these folks is amusing and enlightening. So accurately are they rendered, in all their flawed glory, that they appear not only perfectly human but familiar.

tilføjet af steevohenderson | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Apr 1, 2000)
 

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Fiction. Literature. Short Stories. HTML:A stunning collection including the story "Sea Oak," from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders gives us, in his inventive and beloved voice, this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.

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