Saturday, March 24, 2012

civilwarland in bad decline by george saunders


I didn't realize how much I had been missing Kurt Vonnegut until I started reading this collection of dystopian short stories. Saunders manages to continue the work that Vonnegut did so masterfully: pointing out the absurdity of life and the idiocy of humankind (albeit affectionately) in sadly funny fashion. The title story is set in an aged theme park beseiged by neighborhood gangs, emptied of patrons, and peopled with a bizarre circus of employees who perform an eclectic collection of roles, including The Desperate Patrol, Versimilitude Inspector to Special Assistant, and Exit Sealage. Click here for a full review and here for Mr. Saunder's website. Perfect for fans of sci-fi blended with satire. Grade 10+