Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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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 other—for no one but Saunders could conceive it.

Lincoln in the BardoLincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such an unusual yet interesting read. I listened to it via audiobook which I would recommend. The format was confusing and difficult to follow, even to the point that I initially thought there was an issue with the audio recording. However after going back and reading reviews, I realized that this was intentional. Anyway the narration helped to better define each perspective being told especially since it was told like a documentary but without any context or connection between scenes.

I did enjoy it though and I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for something totally different and refreshing from a writing style point of view. I appreciated the language and candor brought into each topic. It was more about expression in the here and now than the actual direction and flow of a cohesive story which somehow added an element of intrigue.

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