In Persuasion Nation Paperback – 6 Mar 2007
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"Back when Philip K. Dick asked, 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' who could have imagined that George Saunders would answer?... Saunders's caustic wit, imaginative flair, and the ping-pong speed of his dialogue are on full display here." -- "Los Angeles Times"
"Leaves you startled and hushed, grateful to be alive and to be reading." -- "Associated Press"
"Insanely inventive... Stunningly effective... The surreal Saunders magic is working." -- "New York Times Book Review"
"Ludicrously funny and outrageously prescient... Saunders's finest gift... is to construct a story of absurdist satire, then locate within it a moment of searing humanity." -- "The Boston Globe"
"Pynchon-meets-Wonder Showzen." -- "Entertainment Weekly"
About the Author
George Saunders is the author of "Tenth of December";"In Persuasion Nation"; "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil"; "Pastoralia"; "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline"; "The Braindead Megaphone"; and a children's book, "The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip." His work appears regularly in the "New Yorker," "Harper's "and "GQ." In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." In 2000, "The New Yorker "named him one of the "Best Writers Under 40." He is a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. He teaches at Syracuse University."
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George Saunders is back and skewering consumerist largesse as never before.
Let's not beat about the bush: In Persuasion Nation is an uneven collection. 'Brad Corrigan, American', 'My Flamboyant Grandson', and 'My Amendment' are slight pieces: they rely on conceits that don't carry the necessary weight. But then when we get to 'CommComm', 'The Red Bow' and 'Bohemians'...and you feel the way Raymond Carver's readers must have felt the first time the first time they feasted on 'A Small Good Thing' and 'Cathedral'. 'CommComm' in particular is slowly usurping 'The 400-Pound Ceo' as my favourite Saunders story.
For all Saunders's settings and situations, I never feel that he's a bleak author. He's too outrageous, too in love with humanity to leave that bitter, dystopian aftertaste. Saunders - a former geologist and practicing Buddhist - always gives humanity its due. Even God makes a decent cameo appearance. God is as he is elsewhere in Saunders's work - immanent, transcendent, quiet, and unassuming. In this respect, Saunders resembles the Scottish past-master, Alasdair Gray.
IPN isn't the author's best collection, but it contains his best pieces so far. I eagerly await the next installment in the Saunders saga.