Tenth of December: Stories Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 8 January 2013
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“A feat of inventiveness . . . This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. . . . George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.”—Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
“The best short-story writer in English—not ‘one of,’ not ‘arguably,’ but the Best.”—Mary Karr, Time
“A visceral and moving act of storytelling . . . No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Saunders’s startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world.”—People
“It’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.”—The Wall Street Journal
“An irresistible mix of humor and humanity . . . that will make you beam with unmitigated glee. [Grade:] A”—Entertainment Weekly
“Saunders captures the fragmented rhythms, disjointed sensory input, and wildly absurd realities of the twenty-first century experience like no other writer.”—The Boston Globe
“Tenth of December shows George Saunders at his most subversive, hilarious, and emotionally piercing. Few writers can encompass that range of adjectives, but Saunders is a true original—restlessly inventive, yet deeply humane.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
“George Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else, thank god—and yet still he manages to be the rightful heir to three other complete American originals—Barthelme (the lyricism, the playfulness), Vonnegut (the outrage, the wit, the scope), and Twain (the common sense, the exasperation). There is no author I recommend to people more often—for ten years I’ve urged George Saunders onto everyone and everyone. You want funny? Saunders is your man. You want emotional heft? Saunders again. You want stories that are actually about something—stories that again and again get to the meat of matters of life and death and justice and country? Saunders. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.”—Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King
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- ASIN : 0812993802
- Publisher : Random House; 1st edition (8 January 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812993806
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812993806
- Item Weight : 431 g
- Dimensions : 14.99 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top reviews from India
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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.
Top reviews from other countries
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.