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Lincoln in the Bardo

In his long-awaited first novel, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any otherfor no one but Saunders could conceive it.February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincolns beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. My poor boy, he was too good for this earth, the president says at the time. God has called him home. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boys body.From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional statecalled, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardoa monumental struggle erupts over young Willies soul.Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fictions ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voicesliving and dead, historical and inventedto ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?...

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ISBN : 9780812995343
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Number of Pages : 343 pages
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders review George Saunders has long been accepted as one of the masters of the American short story In this, his first novel, the Lincoln trapped in the bardo is Willie, the Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders Buy Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders from s Fiction Books Store Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Goodreads Lincoln in the Bardo has , ratings and , reviews Liz said I should have known I really don t do well with the avant garde I want a plot, I Lincoln in the Bardo Bloomsbury Publishing About Lincoln in the Bardo WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE A STORY OF LOVE AFTER DEATH A masterpiece Zadie Lincoln in the Bardo Wikipedia Lincoln in the Bardo is a experimental novel by American writer George Saunders It is Saunders s first full length novel and was the New York Times hardcover Lincoln in the Bardo WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE Buy Lincoln in the Bardo WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE by George Saunders from s Fiction Books Store Everyday low prices on Lincoln in the Bardo Random House Books In his long awaited first novel, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet Unfolding in a graveyard over the Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders Official website of New York Times bestselling author, George Saunders His new book, Tenth of December, is on sale January . Lincoln in the Bardo The Man Booker Prizes George Saunders Bloomsbury Publishing On February , two days after his death, Willie Lincoln is laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. LINCOLN IN THE BARDO The New York Times George Saunders s first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, imagines the president visiting the graveyard where his young son has just been buried.

Lincoln in the Bardo Reviews

  • Diane S ☔

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering if it was gong to progress, it did in a very interesting way. Not going to rehash the plot, the description only loosely defines this. The book is helped along by some very unusual narrators, Vollmam and Bevins, alo ...more

  • Perry

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare

    George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of America, this great nation created by our forefathers' Declaration of Independence from the "absolute Despotism," "long train of abuses and usurpations" and "invasions on the rights of the people" by the then "King of Great
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  • Matthew Quann

    Update: Booker Prize Winner 2017, a well deserved win for this excellent novel!

    I came upon Lincoln in the Bardo as someone comes upon a house on fire—tentatively. Placing a hand to the embossed dust jacket and turning deckle-edged pages at random filled me with the sphincter-tightening dread, which I have previously equated to looking down at the earth from a significant height. It seemed as if the book were more screenplay than proper novel, and I had no interest in dawdling amidst incomprehens
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  • Cheri

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    4.5 Stars

    How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I’ve read, in concept or in style.

    Before I requested this, I looked up several references to the definition of the bardo, both the Tibetan definition and how it’s meaning carries beyond the definition. Bardo is the “in-between place” a “transitional state,” the period
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  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

  • LeAnne

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits,

    and you know you're.. going to fall

    Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar

    has given you the call."


    The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read.

    But the random, psychedelic-seeming thought trains were way too artsy for me, and the periodic sophomoric vulgarity struck me as stupid (sorry). I did not titter for an instant. There was definitely a plot to follow, but lik
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  • Jaline

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that “eye witness” testimony is pretty much wasted without a camera to back it up. For example, on a historically memorable night 5 or 10 people can look at the same night sky and see no moon at all, or a moon – but in about 5 or 6 differ ...more

  • Lisa

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to read a book in which the review says something like "an alternative writing" "a different way of telling a story". That just means it's weird, no plot, no character development, an author trying something new that ...more