Tenth of December
From the undisputed master of the short story, George Saunders, comes a dazzling and disturbing new collection. His most wryly hilarious work to date, Tenth of December illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations.A family member recollects a... show more
From the undisputed master of the short story, George Saunders, comes a dazzling and disturbing new collection. His most wryly hilarious work to date, Tenth of December illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations.A family member recollects a backyard pole dressed for all occasions; Divisional Director Todd Birnie sends round a memo to employees he thinks need some inspiration; Jeff faces horrifying ultimatums and the prospect of Darkenfloxx™ in some unusual drug trials; and in an auction of local celebrities Al Roosten hides his own internal monologue behind a winning smile that he hopes will make him popular. Although, as a young boy discovers, sometimes the voices fade and all you are left with is a frozen hill on a cold day in December...With dark visions of the future riffing against ghosts of the past and the ever-settling present, Tenth of December sings with astonishing charm and intensity, and re-affirms Saunders as one of our greatest living storytellers.
Publish date: January 3rd 2013
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Wow. I finished George Saunders' Tenth of December in two days. That's about 251 pages. I know that may not seem like a lot to the average reader, but if you know anything about me, I'm usually a very slow reader. I take a lot of breaks, even if I'm enjoying the hell out of what I'm currently read...
Just started this collection, after first reading "Sea Oak" and "Fox 8." Each story has been stellar, a jaw-dropping jewel of perfection. How did I not hear of this guy until 3 weeks ago?
George Saunders touches on the dark side of American society with humour, heavy irony and imagination. He’s very talented and avant-garde and deserves all the praise he gets.Tenth of December includes short stories full of brilliant symbolisms that combine elements of tragedy and comedy, in which ab...
Intense. Each story packs a punch here, and I couldn't just sit and read one after the other. I needed to take a break and ponder awhile after each story. A truly remarkable, memorable collection of stories.