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[CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE BY SAUNDERS, GEORGE]PAPERBACK [Taschenbuch]

George Saunders
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  • Verlag: Riverhead Books (1. Februar 1997)
  • ISBN-10: 0099595818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099595816
  • ASIN: B0092G4BC6
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AmericanFictionLand In Bad Decline 7. April 2000
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If I could communicate, as clearly as possible, the embodiment of a 'glowing review,' I would do it here. These days it seems almost anyone can write a decent sentence. There are so many MFA programs out there now, that it seems like more people write short stories than read them. Yet, to come across a talent as huge as George Saunders (by education an Engineer, by pure gift of God, a writer) is still something to behold. With so many good writers writing good stories made of good sentences, its kind of tough to stand out and write with true excellence and originality. But George Saunders does this. Oh, does he do this. You don't know the meaning of the word pathetic until you step into the heads of some of these characters. Granted, you will get the sneaking feeling that the same protagonist is being transported from place to place and story to story, with few changes, but Saunder's heroes (if we can call them that) are so pathetic, so pitiable, so 'downtrodden,' that you can read of their ridiculous plights repeatedly and still be surprised at how good it makes you feel to do so. The main reason for this is Saunder's killer prose; it's almost an invented dialect of the post-modern mind. The very phrasing makes you feel like you're being tickled. And there's the voyeuristic aspect concomitant with today's TV culture. It's just great fun to watch bad things happen to normal people. And even if the main characters are very similar, the supporting cast is always a riot, complete with beautifully idiotic dialogue and deadpan narration. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of these ironic, self-mocking tales, is their undercurrent of sympathy and sensitivity. At the end of nearly every story, Saunders manages to change the tone faster than Jeff Gordon can go through the gearbox, and suddenly you find yourself disarmed by the recognition of your own cynicism and what it might prevent you from knowing.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Dancing on the edge. 12. Mai 2000
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After hearing George Saunders' name mentioned alonside those of Denis Johnson, Tim O'Brien and Donald Barthelme, modern masters of the short story, I was suprised to find that he only had one small collection in print. After reading that one collection I was shocked to discover that George Saunders has more inborn talent than perhaps any other writer in America today. That he chooses to use that talent in the way he does, crafting edgy, disturbing tales of cultural corruption and alienation, bodes very well for the future of American letters.
The collection draws its title from the first story in the book, probably the best story written by any American author in the last half of the 20th century. Describing the story with any brevity is an almost impossible task. Suffice it to say that it concerns a civil war style theme park director haunted by civil war era ghosts who hires a psychotic Vietnam veteran to rid the park of the gangs who keep invading the place and terrorizing the workers and visitors. This ludicrous story line is sharpened by Suanders' remarkable wit and spirals to a shocking and disturbing conclusion.
Unfortunately, none of the remaining stories in the book equal the brilliance of the first, but none of them really disappoint the reader either. "Isabelle" is strangely moving and "The 400 Pound CEO" is a tragicomedy whose ending is so innevitable that it is almost painful to read. George Saunders from whom there is much to expect and he has the undeniable talent to back up those expectations.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen One-trick Pony... but it's a good trick. 26. Mai 2000
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George Saunders seems able to write only about near-future corporate hell and decaying theme parks. And, he writes the same types of characters into each story. The main characters cannot act out their desires, because their desires place them outside the system. This makes them somewhat pitiful. The ones who can act out their desires within the system are objectionable because they are tailoring their desire to the system itself. Saunders has staked out for himself this part of the torture of modern life.
In the hands of a less talented writer, this narrow focus of setting and character would be a drawback. The decayed settings and amoral characters of Donald Antrim's writings are similar, for example, but after a few Antrim stories, you see that there is no more depth than the surface chaos.
Saunders seems able to find new depth in the souls of his characters every time he looks into them. In his work, each main character finds his own way out of the rat race. Oh, it also doesn't hurt that Saunders' writing is hilarious and highly readable.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The second time as farce. 19. Januar 1998
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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders is David Sedaris's best collection of stories yet!
To be fair, while Saunders writes prose exactly like Sedaris, has the same sense of humor as Sedaris, and exclusively writes characters as grotesques like Sedaris, he's also read some Phillip K. Dick, and his stories are glazed with a patina of sci-fi satire. The bizarre resulting effect keeps his essential lack of originality from being thoroughly appalling. And, to be fair, he came up at about the same time as Sedaris and almost surely didn't rip him off. I think it's this generation's post-Letterman sense of humor that's to blame for the proliferation of smug, dry wits on the literary scene, not anything so insidious as outright plagiarism. George Saunders isn't much of a revelation, but he's not a contemptible logokleptomaniacal word burglar either.
High praise, huh? Print THAT next to the Pynchon quote on the book jacket.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen funny, savage, absurd
Saunders is an exciting writer, one of the bona fide bright spots in contemporary fiction. I love his take on consumer society; it is the perfect antidote to the Wal-Mart-Land we... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2000 von Bryan Moore
4.0 von 5 Sternen The meek shall not inherit the earth
The title story is the gem here, about a "passive flake" who works at an historical theme park. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars, but it was close
Fifteen pages in, I was fairly certain this would be one of the best short story collections I had ever read. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. August 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen ONE OF THE BEST
These days it's understandable if you feel a bit reluctant when you pick up a debut short story collection, leaf through it and find that they're all in first-person, and in (a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 1999 von Jason A. Newman
5.0 von 5 Sternen New Classics in Short-Story Writing
This short fiction is the best published in years. Readers of David Foster Wallace and Rick Moody will find much to enjoy here, but Saunders' fresh voice is all his own. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Januar 1999 von Joseph W. Marohl
5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible
These stories are simply amazing. They are filled with dark scenes and grim thoughts. One minute they will make you laugh and the next, your conscience will reprimand you for... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Dezember 1998 von Colin C. Brash
5.0 von 5 Sternen reimagined morality
If I could recommend one book published in the last five years, I think this would be the one. I bought this book because I loved David Foster Wallace and he praised it in an... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. September 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen so entirely worthwhile
I had high expectations, and Saunders never let me down. Basically, he manages to pull off something I wouldn't believe without hearing about it: the combination of the quirky... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. November 1997 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen One Tricky Pony
The stories are more like variations on a theme: near future, backdrop of unexplained environmental disaster and collapsing social infrastructure, stories take place in bizarre... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 1997 von Steven L. Hunter
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