Lincoln in the Bardo

Curmudgeonly Reader

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel, by George Saunders

My first introduction to George Saunders’ writing was in Tenth of December, a collection of short stories that were as humane examples of prose as you might find anywhere. Saunders writes with a full respect for his characters, no matter what circumstances they exist in.

That same respect for character comes out clearly in this book. It says “novel” in the title, but it feels more like an extended prose poem, a celebration of a parade of people with their lovely idiosyncrasies and unique voices. I listened to the Audible version and if you’re an Audible member it’s worth the time. Over 150 narrators, some brilliant some so-so, were required to bring the book to life and it makes for a unique book experience. I may take on the book again with hard copy in lap and audio book in…

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