Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1408871777 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcrimson-tidewing of Balingup, Western Australia Australia on 5/30/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Winner of the Booker Prize 2017.

George Saunders is a well known short story writer and essayist but this is his first full length novel.

The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body.

From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices - living and dead, historical and fictional - Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end?

Journal Entry 2 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Released 9 mos ago (5/31/2023 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia


Spied this on a wish list, so off on a trip as a surprise RABCK.

Journal Entry 3 by readinghelps at Elsmore, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Thank you for the surprise book package that arrived yesterday!

I'm currently reading The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin but hope to get to this one soon.

Journal Entry 4 by readinghelps at A Bench on Otho Street in Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Released 3 mos ago (11/29/2023 UTC) at A Bench on Otho Street in Inverell, New South Wales Australia


Happy travels!

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