Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0812985400 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/27/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, January 27, 2019
I got this softcover in this Little Free Library in Groveland, MA while dropping off some books of my own. I'd been wanting to read it for some time, so I was pleased to stumble across a copy!

Later: Very... unusual book, with its mix of spirits-hanging-out-at-the-cemetery and the all-too-real grief of President Lincoln after the death of his son Willie. The story unfolds through the eyes of a few of the spirits - including young Willie himself - as they wonder why they're here, what if anything happens next, and whether it's possible for the grieving father to hear his son's replies from across the barrier of death. Other subplots include visits from strange beings who try to move the spirits along; are they angels, devils, or some of each? And what do the spirits need to do to take their next steps - assuming they even want to?

Some interesting mixes of afterlife beliefs here, with more than a few nods (whether intentional or not I don't know) to C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce.

Some aspects of the story got a bit earthy for my taste, and at times the unusual format made me work a bit harder than I liked in order to figure out what was going on. Still, I did enjoy the book, and was pleased at the outcomes for - well, for MOST of the characters...

[There's a TV Tropes page on the book, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Released 3 wks ago (3/23/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, Celestial Way in Pepperell, Massachusetts USA


I left the book in the Little Free Library in Pepperell MA; hope the finder enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2019 Oh the Places We Can Go release challenge. ***

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