Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

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. February 1862. The Civil War is less than In his long-awaited first novel, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and movi...

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Title:Lincoln in the Bardo
Author:George Saunders
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Lincoln in the Bardo
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:343 pages pages

Lincoln in the Bardo Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 14, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

  • Cheri
    Dec 29, 2016

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

  • Lisa
    Feb 23, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

  • Steve
    Apr 21, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

  • Elyse
    Mar 12, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

  • Taryn
    Feb 08, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

  • Trish
    Jan 22, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

  • Jill
    Jun 02, 2016

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

    One of my great passions in life is reading ? and reviewing ? books. But how to review this book? It renders me speechless and. I almost feel compelled to reduce my review to two words: ?Read it.? Years ago, I learned, while visiting the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illino...

  • Dianne
    Apr 22, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

    One of my great passions in life is reading ? and reviewing ? books. But how to review this book? It renders me speechless and. I almost feel compelled to reduce my review to two words: ?Read it.? Years ago, I learned, while visiting the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illino...

    Grief knows no limits. Its ever-growing tendrils seek out the most tender of hearts. It resides with the weight of its heaviness to such a state that breathing full, cleansing breaths is almost impossible. "The terror and consternation of the Presidential couple may be imagined by a...

    This was one of the most unusual books I have ever read! I think it is what you would have to describe as a reading experience since it is told in multiple voices aided by constant footnotes attributing the text to its sources. So clever! And so much research. The author must have beco...

    Update: Booker Prize Winner 2017, a well deserved win for this excellent novel! I came upon Lincoln in the Bardo as someone comes upon a house on fire?tentatively. Placing a hand to the embossed dust jacket and turning deckle-edged pages at random filled me with the sphincter-tigh...

    I avoid the G word. That?s a determination I like to put off until rereading. But this novel?s certainly masterful. I have read nothing so near perfect in some years. The narrative rides a kind of knife edge, between unbearable sorrow one moment and comic relief the next. ?Al...

    Occasionally a book comes along that pushes the envelope of normalcy in writing novels. A unique concept that readers don?t see in everyday reading. And when that concept combines an interesting subject with good characters and excellent writing, well, it gives us something special. ...

    A reader of George Saunders? 2017 novel Lincoln in the Bardo will make immediate comparisons to Thornton Wilder?s 1938 drama Our Town and Edgar Lee Master?s 1915 book Spoon River Anthology as well as observing references to Dante?s Inferno and the Bible. Saunders, known for ...

    ** MAN BOOKER 2017 WINNER ** Amazing! I just finished reading this a second time, which is what always happens with 5 star books for me. I?m a bit surprised! I disliked Saunders? ?Tenth of December? very much, so I was a little wary of this one. But ? so many of my trusted...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Mar 12, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

  • Liz
    Mar 14, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 07, 2016

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

  • Emily May
    May 21, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

  • Angela M
    Oct 30, 2016

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

  • Lyn
    Mar 26, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

    One of my great passions in life is reading ? and reviewing ? books. But how to review this book? It renders me speechless and. I almost feel compelled to reduce my review to two words: ?Read it.? Years ago, I learned, while visiting the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illino...

    Grief knows no limits. Its ever-growing tendrils seek out the most tender of hearts. It resides with the weight of its heaviness to such a state that breathing full, cleansing breaths is almost impossible. "The terror and consternation of the Presidential couple may be imagined by a...

    This was one of the most unusual books I have ever read! I think it is what you would have to describe as a reading experience since it is told in multiple voices aided by constant footnotes attributing the text to its sources. So clever! And so much research. The author must have beco...

    Update: Booker Prize Winner 2017, a well deserved win for this excellent novel! I came upon Lincoln in the Bardo as someone comes upon a house on fire?tentatively. Placing a hand to the embossed dust jacket and turning deckle-edged pages at random filled me with the sphincter-tigh...

    I avoid the G word. That?s a determination I like to put off until rereading. But this novel?s certainly masterful. I have read nothing so near perfect in some years. The narrative rides a kind of knife edge, between unbearable sorrow one moment and comic relief the next. ?Al...

    Occasionally a book comes along that pushes the envelope of normalcy in writing novels. A unique concept that readers don?t see in everyday reading. And when that concept combines an interesting subject with good characters and excellent writing, well, it gives us something special. ...

    A reader of George Saunders? 2017 novel Lincoln in the Bardo will make immediate comparisons to Thornton Wilder?s 1938 drama Our Town and Edgar Lee Master?s 1915 book Spoon River Anthology as well as observing references to Dante?s Inferno and the Bible. Saunders, known for ...

  • Perry
    Feb 22, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

  • Jaline
    Aug 10, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

  • Diane Barnes
    Feb 17, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

  • LeAnne
    Jan 15, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

  • Phrynne
    Mar 10, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

    One of my great passions in life is reading ? and reviewing ? books. But how to review this book? It renders me speechless and. I almost feel compelled to reduce my review to two words: ?Read it.? Years ago, I learned, while visiting the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illino...

    Grief knows no limits. Its ever-growing tendrils seek out the most tender of hearts. It resides with the weight of its heaviness to such a state that breathing full, cleansing breaths is almost impossible. "The terror and consternation of the Presidential couple may be imagined by a...

    This was one of the most unusual books I have ever read! I think it is what you would have to describe as a reading experience since it is told in multiple voices aided by constant footnotes attributing the text to its sources. So clever! And so much research. The author must have beco...

  • Linda
    May 24, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

    One of my great passions in life is reading ? and reviewing ? books. But how to review this book? It renders me speechless and. I almost feel compelled to reduce my review to two words: ?Read it.? Years ago, I learned, while visiting the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illino...

    Grief knows no limits. Its ever-growing tendrils seek out the most tender of hearts. It resides with the weight of its heaviness to such a state that breathing full, cleansing breaths is almost impossible. "The terror and consternation of the Presidential couple may be imagined by a...

  • Matthew Quann
    Mar 09, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

    One of my great passions in life is reading ? and reviewing ? books. But how to review this book? It renders me speechless and. I almost feel compelled to reduce my review to two words: ?Read it.? Years ago, I learned, while visiting the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illino...

    Grief knows no limits. Its ever-growing tendrils seek out the most tender of hearts. It resides with the weight of its heaviness to such a state that breathing full, cleansing breaths is almost impossible. "The terror and consternation of the Presidential couple may be imagined by a...

    This was one of the most unusual books I have ever read! I think it is what you would have to describe as a reading experience since it is told in multiple voices aided by constant footnotes attributing the text to its sources. So clever! And so much research. The author must have beco...

    Update: Booker Prize Winner 2017, a well deserved win for this excellent novel! I came upon Lincoln in the Bardo as someone comes upon a house on fire?tentatively. Placing a hand to the embossed dust jacket and turning deckle-edged pages at random filled me with the sphincter-tigh...

  • Darwin8u
    Jan 10, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

  • Duane
    Aug 02, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

    One of my great passions in life is reading ? and reviewing ? books. But how to review this book? It renders me speechless and. I almost feel compelled to reduce my review to two words: ?Read it.? Years ago, I learned, while visiting the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illino...

    Grief knows no limits. Its ever-growing tendrils seek out the most tender of hearts. It resides with the weight of its heaviness to such a state that breathing full, cleansing breaths is almost impossible. "The terror and consternation of the Presidential couple may be imagined by a...

    This was one of the most unusual books I have ever read! I think it is what you would have to describe as a reading experience since it is told in multiple voices aided by constant footnotes attributing the text to its sources. So clever! And so much research. The author must have beco...

    Update: Booker Prize Winner 2017, a well deserved win for this excellent novel! I came upon Lincoln in the Bardo as someone comes upon a house on fire?tentatively. Placing a hand to the embossed dust jacket and turning deckle-edged pages at random filled me with the sphincter-tigh...

    I avoid the G word. That?s a determination I like to put off until rereading. But this novel?s certainly masterful. I have read nothing so near perfect in some years. The narrative rides a kind of knife edge, between unbearable sorrow one moment and comic relief the next. ?Al...

    Occasionally a book comes along that pushes the envelope of normalcy in writing novels. A unique concept that readers don?t see in everyday reading. And when that concept combines an interesting subject with good characters and excellent writing, well, it gives us something special. ...

  • Jen
    Aug 23, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

  • Robin
    Mar 12, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Aug 29, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

  • Kevin Ansbro
    Oct 20, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

  • William1
    Dec 24, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...

    Sorry Saunders, but I disliked your novel. Clearly, I'm swimming against the current on this one. Having read some convincing reviews, I thought it must be included in my TBR this year. Well, I almost tossed it aside 100 pages in and probably should have and not given it a rating. ...

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIO This is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and posing as an author. I will leave the book description to Goodreads and the bo...

    Imagine the historical research approach of someone like David McCullough, and pull those details into a novel that takes place almost entirely in a graveyard, ghosts and all (picture The Graveyard Book), and you have this novel. I was lucky to receive a review copy of the audiobook fr...

    "And if you go.. chasing rabbits, and you know you're.. going to fall Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." The unusual format, like oddly punctuated and inverted lines of a play, was fine by me. It just took some adjustment, and then it was easy to read....

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness." - George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo Again, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief literature. I'm not sure if I have just accidentally stumbled on my own special ve...

    **Man Booker Prize Winner!** The way a moistness in the eye will blur a field of stars; the sore place on the shoulder a resting toboggan makes; writing one's beloved's name upon a frosted window with a gloved finger. Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a ha...

    You know those half-awake, half-asleep dreams where you?re working through your problems of the day? The first wakeful moments in the shower usually let you know that any solutions you thought might apply were pure nonsense. Even more often you realize the things you were thinking ab...

    "My son, here may indeed be torment, but not death." ?Dante (Purgatorio) There really, really must be something wrong with me. Many of my esteemed Goodreads friends, whose rave reviews I put a lot of faith in, are smitten with George Saunders' book. It's even won the blimmin' ...

    What a painfully boring book. 166 narrators chiming in and overlapping in a story that seems so random and disconnected for the most part. It might be deep, and it might be clever, but if there isn't the barest spark of something to make you care what's on the next page - then why even...

    This is an intriguing book; one that is very inventive and yet its basic premise is based on strong possibilities, if not probabilities. There are brief historical excerpts throughout from various sources that are amazing in that they outline stronger than ever that ?eye witness? t...

    Like a cosmic chorus in 'cordial unison' under brocades of blue, twinkling white willows and a rain of red glare George Saunders' brilliant literary achievement is the ideal book for the Fourth of July in profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of Ameri...

    The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters? notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians using original sources, and we must assume, Civil War-era gossip rags, describing an 1862 White House party which a thousand or more pe...

    One of my great passions in life is reading ? and reviewing ? books. But how to review this book? It renders me speechless and. I almost feel compelled to reduce my review to two words: ?Read it.? Years ago, I learned, while visiting the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illino...

    Grief knows no limits. Its ever-growing tendrils seek out the most tender of hearts. It resides with the weight of its heaviness to such a state that breathing full, cleansing breaths is almost impossible. "The terror and consternation of the Presidential couple may be imagined by a...

    This was one of the most unusual books I have ever read! I think it is what you would have to describe as a reading experience since it is told in multiple voices aided by constant footnotes attributing the text to its sources. So clever! And so much research. The author must have beco...

    Update: Booker Prize Winner 2017, a well deserved win for this excellent novel! I came upon Lincoln in the Bardo as someone comes upon a house on fire?tentatively. Placing a hand to the embossed dust jacket and turning deckle-edged pages at random filled me with the sphincter-tigh...

    I avoid the G word. That?s a determination I like to put off until rereading. But this novel?s certainly masterful. I have read nothing so near perfect in some years. The narrative rides a kind of knife edge, between unbearable sorrow one moment and comic relief the next. ?Al...

  • Sam
    Jan 07, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and Beckett kept cropping up as I tried to plough through this. The book alternates betwe...

    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story, and the narrative is different from anything I've read . The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the Q&A tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story. ...

    ?The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.? Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Lincoln is sick. He is burning up with fever. His head is pounding to the b...

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months and months..... Everyone seemed to 'LOVE' it. OUTSTANDING they all said. NOT FOR ME...

    Yes, I know I stand alone in my dislike for this book. EVERYONE loves it. Nope, not me. I actually hated it. I've heard people say they wanted to throw a book across a room and I never understood that desire to harm a book, but for me, this is one to throw. I should know better than to...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars How does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certainly nothing like any other book I?ve read, in concept or in style. Before...

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some trouble in the beginning, couldn't see where the author was going with this, wondering i...

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. Wh...

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in fits, but one massive read in a single sitting was the way for me to go on this, allow...