Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December

By George Saunders

  • Release Date: 2013-01-08
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 4
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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
People • The New York Times Magazine • NPR • Entertainment Weekly • New York • The Telegraph • BuzzFeed • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage • Shelf Awareness

One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet.
 
In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.
 
Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.
 
Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December—through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.”

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The best book you’ll read this year.”The New York Times Magazine
 
“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. . . . 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
 
GEORGE SAUNDERS WAS NAMED ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BY TIME MAGAZINE

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews

  • Horrible

    1
    By Cb5286
    Took this book out of a library but thought I'd still leave a review here.. Waste of time to read. Words flying everywhere no meaning...
  • flowing with the stream

    4
    By FunnelEffect
    Rewarding for readers who are into stream-of-consciousness writing. If that's not your thing, look elsewhere.
  • 10th of december

    5
    By Usjsnslsjdbsmksbd
    thats my birthday!!
  • Tenth of December

    5
    By bwasson
    This the first book by this author I have ever read. I stayed up all night to finish it. I found it absolutely compelling, fascinating, and re-read each short story as I finished to be certain I really understood what I had just read. I am a voracious reader, have read for more than fifty years. This is as great a book as I have read, ever. I will think about the Tenth of December for a very long time. Fabulous!
  • Who edited this?

    1
    By witners
    Not a single "quotation mark" around conversations. Random ? Question marks in the middle of sentences. It is HORRIBLE. The absolute worst editing job I have ever seen, impossible to read smoothly. I had to re-read everything because nothing made sense. Don't waste your money, I want a refund. If you want a good laugh on what NOT to do, check out the sample.
  • Just enough.

    4
    By smiggy.sf
    I downloaded a sample of this book from iTunes, came to the end of the first story, Victory Lap, and thought, No! Tell me that's not how the story ends! I immediately hit the Purchase button and downloaded the rest of it. Phew; there was more to that story after all. Every one of these stories is a peculiar gem that leaves you wanting more, but more would be too much. You'll find yourself, days later, mulling over what might happen after that last page is turned. That's part of Mr. Saunders' genius. He tells you just enough.
  • Love this book

    4
    By Htbrit
    This is a surprising, fresh and interesting group of short stories. I loved the unexpected point of view and the dark humour.
  • Genius brain

    5
    By spotclinton
    What kind of brain can think this stuff up!!?? Not having a genius brain myself, at times these stories were difficult to "track", but it was so, so worth the effort. To go into ANY detail about any particular story would be a spoiler. Think "mushroom tripping" to describe the experience. This from someone who has never mushroom tripped or has ever even SEEN an illegal drug (other than marijuana, in the 70,s). So, take into consideration my life experience filter in evaluating this review, but these stories were super, super good.
  • Terrible

    1
    By LarryRGV
    How in the world did this get great reviews? What a waste of time.
  • Tenth of December

    1
    By Emmet Aloysius
    This book is highly overrated & hard to follow. Very disappointing book!

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