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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pastoralia (2000) by George Saunders

Book Review
Pastoralia (2000)
by George Saunders

   Pastoralia is a collection of short stories from Booker Prize winning novelist George Saunders.  Now that the question of "but can he write a novel?" has been definitely answered in the affirmative, short story collections like Pastoralia no longer have to shoulder the burden of Saunders reputation.   The title story, about a man living inside a "human zoo" is the clear stand out, the other stories traverse similar thematic territory- humans disconnected and alienated from their surroundings, often carrying on internal monologues that ignore the outside world.

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