George Saunders’ sensibility is Pynchon-meets-Wonder Showzen, often taking ideas to illogical extremes: A man objects to ”Samish-Sex Marriage” (”Isn’t it odd that this somewhat effeminate man should be married to this somewhat masculine woman?”). The lead character of a past-its-prime sitcom laments, ”Now it’s basically all mean talk and jokes about poop and butts. He and Doris used to talk about real issues, about them, their relationship…” While Saunders’ send-ups of media-fixated culture tend to blend together, his best tales in In Persuasion Nation — like ”Christmas,” about a 26-year-old back in his hometown with a dead-end roofing job — poignantly capture the struggles of recognizable people.
In Persuasion Nation George Saunders' sensibility is Pynchon-meets-Wonder Showzen, often taking ideas to illogical extremes: A man objects to ''Samish-Sex Marriage...In Persuasion NationFiction, Short StoriesGeorge Saunders George Saunders' sensibility is Pynchon-meets-Wonder Showzen, often taking ideas to illogical extremes: A man objects to ''Samish-Sex Marriage...2006-04-14Riverhead
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories; Author: George Saunders; Publisher: Riverhead
Posted April 14 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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