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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New Edition edition (3 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747553866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747553861
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In both his acclaimed debut, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and his second collection, Pastoralia, George Saunders imagines a near future where capitalism has run amok. Consumption and the service economy rule the earth. The Haves are grotesque beings, mutilated by their crass desires and impossible wealth. The Have Nots are no less crippled, both emotionally and physically, by their inferior status. It's a kind of Westworld scenario, but instead of robots, the serving wenches, bellboys, and extras are real people, all of them mercilessly indentured by the free market.

Sounds like bleak stuff, doesn't it? Yet Saunders handles his characters with grace and humour In the title story, for example, a couple occupies a squalid corner of a human zoo, where they act out a parody of caveman times, communicating in grunts and hand motions speaking is instantly punishable by the Orwellian management) and conducting their lives during 15-minute smoke breaks. In "Winky", a born loser (really, all of Saunders's characters are born losers) visits a self-help seminar, where he's encouraged to rid himself of all those people who are "crapping in your oatmeal". Exhilarated at the prospect of dumping his simple, crazy-haired, religion-besotted sister, he returns home to the bleak discovery that he needs her as much as she needs him. The protagonist of "Sea Oak" works as a stripper in an aviation-themed restaurant and lives next to a crack house with his unemployed sisters, their babies, and a sweet old maid of an aunt. The aunt dies, and then returns from the grave--not so sweet, now, and still decomposing--with strange powers and a sobering message:

"You ever been in the grave? It sucks so bad! You regret all the things you never did. You little bitches are going to have a very bad time in the grave unless you get on the stick, believe me!"

The characters and situations in the rest of Pastoralia are equally wretched. But Saunders rescues them from utter despair with a loving belief in the triumph of the human spirit: yes, things can always get worse, but worse is better than the cold dirt of the grave. And in the small space between wretchedness and death there is plenty of room for laughter, and even love. --Tod Nelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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George Saunders is one of the very best authors of fiction now writing -- TLS

It's like Monty Python mixed with some John Waters with some Jerry Springer thrown in for good measure. -- QX International

Like a literary take on American Beauty -- Select

This is a formidably assured exercise in black comedy -- Literary Review

This stuff is gold dust... fiercely inventive, unforgettably funny and sentimental in all the right places -- Independent on Sunday

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