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Rds the boy a monumental struggle erupts over young Willies soulUnfolding over a single night Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders inimitable humour pathos and grace Here he invents an exhilarating new form and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation Deploying a theatrical kaleidoscopic panoply of voices living and dead historical and fictional Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless uestion how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must e. The story centres around one night in the cemetery in which Abraham Lincoln s son Willie lies in a crypt having died of Typhoid fever at the age of 11 and focuses on the President s grief at his loss and is told by a series of voicesAlso in the graveyard are many other spirits who live in the Bardo which is considered in some schools of Buddhism to be an intermediate state between death and rebirth The 3 main voices are the spirits are a reverend a printer who died before he could consummate his marriage to his younger wife and a gay man who committed suicide and the book is written almost like a script As well as the narrative from the voices the book is interspersed with historical writings of the time describing the events as they unfolded I m not clear if these are true uotations as there is no bibliography but I assume they are Other themes include racism even after death the coloured people don t interact with the white people and slaveryI really enjoyed the book it took a few pages to get used to the format but I found it a uick read and as with many other historical based novels I have read it has made me want to read about Lincoln At times I found some of the interaction between the 3 main voices uite amusing and this innovative style of writing will stay with me I think

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Lincoln in the Bardo: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017A STORY OF LOVE AFTER DEATHA masterpiece Zadie SmithExtraordinary Daily MailBreathtaking Observer A tour de force The Sunday TimesThe extraordinary first novel by the bestselling Folio Prize winning National Book Award shortlisted George Saunders about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son Willie at the dawn of the Civil WarThe American Civil War rages while President Lincolns beloved eleven year old son lies gravely ill In a matter of days Willie dies and is laid to. I was expecting a lot from this book and I m sorry to say I was disappointedIt s clear to me that I can t fully appreciate Mr Saunders alternative writing and since the onset I had a complicated relationship with this book there were sections where I felt completely lost I tried my hardest to like it I really didI know a few people who has swooned over this book Not me There is a very good chance that my aversion betrays a complete lack of understanding on my partBut in all honesty I can t recommend it to anyone

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Rest in a Georgetown cemetery Newspapers report that a grief stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boys bodyFrom this seed of historical truth George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism entering a thrilling supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm called in Tibetan tradition the bardo and as ghosts mingle suabble gripe and commiserate and stony tendrils creep towa. This is one of the worst books I ve read in a long time Saunders idea of setting up as a series of uotes is too clever and makes it almost impossible to read The whole thing was just a challenge and not an enjoyable one And Kindlethe excerpt you chose as a taster bore no resemblance to the format used for the rest of the book and was misleading


9 thoughts on “Lincoln in the Bardo: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

  1. says:

    I was expecting a lot from this book and I'm sorry to say I was disappointed.
    It's clear to me that I can't fully appreciate Mr. Sa

  2. says:

    You can tell that this is an unusual novel by the distribution of reviews across ’s stars. The reviews by professional literary critics are universally positive, but the response from those of us who are amateurs is much varied. The story is rooted in historic fact: President Lincoln’s beloved son Willie died in the White Hous

  3. says:

    I forced myself to slog through this pretentious drivel posing as a novel in the hopes that by the end there would be some sort of rewarding insight only to be grossly disappointed. I strongly recommend you Look Inside! and try to read a few pages of this. If you enjoy page after page of disconnected dialogue from undefined chara

  4. says:

    Before you crack open George Saunders' new (first) novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, you must empty your mind of what you expect an historical novel to be. Both the structure and the narrative are incredibly non traditional, somewhat experimental, often disorienting, but ultimately fulfilling. Let me assure you that if you open your m

  5. says:

    I often wish that books classified as literary fiction (whatever that is) would find something new to say, rather than just peddling another version of middle class miserablism. Well, Lincoln in the Bardo must be literary fiction, mustn't it? It did win the Booker after all. It certainly delivers something new and original

  6. says:

    This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. Saunders idea of setting up as a series of quotes is too clever and makes it almost impossible to read. The whole thing was just a challenge and not an enjoyable one. And Kindle..the excerpt you chose as a 'taster' bore no resemblance to the format used for the rest of the book, and was misleading.

  7. says:

    The story centres around one night in the cemetery in which Abraham Lincoln's son Willie lies in a crypt having died of Typhoid fever at the age of 11 and focuses on the President's grief at his loss, and is told by a series of voices.
    Also in the graveyard are many other spirits who live in the Bardo which is consid

  8. says:

    I found this book completly unreadable. I persevered for about 120 pages but it was just words in front of my eyes so I gave up. This was our book club choice so I felt bad about it but life is just too short.

  9. says:

    I avoided reading this for a long time, as I disliked Pastoralia so much. Eventually, I thought it was worth a try, given the endless stream of rave reviews. The first few pages are very nicely written. Then the 'structural innovation' starts. It is all downhill from there. Some of the voices are engaging, but I couldn't escape the feeling as the book went on that George Saunders simply wanted to show how many balls he could ke