Tenth of December Paperback – 30 July 2018
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Dazzlingly surreal stories about a failing America (Sunday Times)
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing (30 July 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 152660714X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1526607140
- Item Weight : 220 g
- Dimensions : 20 x 20 x 4 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Generic Name : Book
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Each story is distinct. I don’t mean just the plot, but the writing, the characters, the atmosphere, and the overall impact. While a few stories took time to make sense, most were quite interesting. The stories are funny, dark or emotional, sometimes all at once.
The author has experimented a lot with the writing style, and that turned out to be one of the reasons the stories kept me hooked. The reading didn’t feel monotonous and at any given point, things didn’t feel out of place (in most cases).
The book has been named after the last story ‘Tenth of December’ in which on a chilly December day a man decides to walk away from his family, as he is ow a burden to them. But then life happens and he has yet another adventure waiting for him.
A few reviews talk about how this book is about American Life. Well, I don’t know about the Americal part, but this book is definitely a glimpse of the different aspect of life. I wasn’t expecting anything from this book when I dived into it, I just had faith and this book truly surprised me by its easy-going yet eloquent. All those talks about Saunders being a literary genius is quite true, you know. And this particular edition has an introduction to Saunders, and I can relate his personality to the stories he writes and it feels like a closure. I am definitely reading everything by George Saunders.
If I had to recommend one story that is a must-read from this collection, it would be The Semplica Girl Diaries. The story talks volumes through many simple diary entries by the protagonist. A close, second favorite would be Victory Lap- very unique, very emotional and very real.
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Luckily the stories that follow are delightfully dark, funny and real comments on the human condition.
Saunders may not be a genius or the best writer of short stories around (sorry intro) but he is a bloody good writer.