Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

A Novel

Book - 2017
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On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son's body.
Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel - in its form and voice - completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812995343
0812995341
Call Number: F SAUNDERS
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm

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A mesmerizing historical novel and Dantesque tour with spirits. The book  takes place on a February night in  1862, when Abraham Lincoln  visits the  grave of his recently interred 11-year-old son, Willie.


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legadillo
Feb 22, 2018

I'm not a fan of experimental punctuation, but about a third of the way into the book, I got the rhythm of it and I think it works.

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MiriamS12345
Feb 21, 2018

Disjointed, artsy, meaningless. I was listening to this book on CD and gave up after one disk.

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meljeanthomas
Feb 19, 2018

I found this book unreadable. I was so looking forward to it as it is a compelling story idea and he is a great writer but I did not even finish it. And I finish everything!

smc_1 Feb 17, 2018

Loved this complex, but somehow quite simple, imaginative, utterly compelling novel. The writing and voices are transporting - melancholic, moving, masterful.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 13, 2018

I really don't even know how I feel about this one. It was weird. Really weird. It was incredibly confusing a lot of the times but it was also brilliant some of the time.

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aliccar87
Feb 01, 2018

I absolutely loved the format of this book. The method in which Saunders unravels this story is unlike anything I've ever read. This is a true historical fiction in that he blends nonfiction excerpts from historical writings with the dialogue and story line of his fictional characters. Saunders clearly performed an extensive amount of research while writing this book. "Lincoln in the Bardo" is both fascinating and a sentimental tribute to President Lincoln and his son, Willie. Truly an exceptional piece of literature!

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lisahiromi
Jan 24, 2018

I don't understand why this book is so highly recommended. The writing style was way too choppy, and I had a hard time following the story. I wanted to give up after about a third of the way through, but pressed on. Though the second half was better, I definitely wish I had skipped this books.

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ronandlynda
Jan 10, 2018

#2 on Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2017

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mclarjh
Jan 02, 2018

The form of the ¨novel¨ should appeal to the twitter set. But why isn´t there a story?

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jesand
Dec 28, 2017

Ann Michel recommended.

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