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I seem to be out of step with the other reviewers who loved this. It might be down to personal preference of style but I spent each story waiting a) for an interesting character; b) for something to happen. I read this on the train, so it killed a few minutes, but I wouldn't recommend it. I'm with the other reviewer who said that the stories feel like they are the output of a creative writing class. The stories reminded me of those "arty" type films where the director is trying to hard to say something interesting about the human condition but ends up being boring.
A disappointing book;read it without much interest;forget it already.The kind of writing one gets when coming out of creative writing lessons.Stories that are supposed to be new and clever but lack the underlying passion that could give them real life.Looks like the work of someone who tries hard to make a living out of writing.Sorry!Hope for something better in the future(novel if you please;that would ask for a fairer judjement).
I did not find George Saunders to be humorus of funny in some of the short stories. I found him to be rather cruel and dour. Maybe it's a reflection of a generational difference of outlook, George Saunders does not work for me.
To be honest, this was rather disappointing after seeing it get such high praise. All of the characters are one-dimensional and predictable. The author over-uses rhetorical questions, simplified language and the word "super" to the point that it's distracting. More than anything this is a book about peoples' horrible lives, and powerlessness. I suppose that's the point, but there wasn't really anything to learn from the anecdotes. The book is really just an exercise in the novelty of watching things fall apart. For an example in a similar genre with much better execution, more meaning and character development, check out Chuck Palahniuk.