By George Saunders
Conversing sweet bars, child geniuses, disillusioned moms, castrated canines, interned kids, and ethical fables-all during this hilarious and heartbreaking assortment. the easiest paintings but from an writer hailed because the inheritor to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon.
"The very first thing you must be aware of is that Saunders is the funniest author in America... [But] Saunders's laughs are a canopy, a diversion, underneath which live a few profoundly severe intentions concerning the morality of ways we are living and hte energy of affection and immanent loss of life to rework us into greatly higher creatures... I can't ponder one other author who might try and do what Saunders is doing, or whatever as regards to it. this can be a big book." -- The Nation
"Saunders is a hilarious, depraved, and pitch-perfect satirist of our occasions, in fact, yet for a satirist he has quite a lot of heart." -- Esquire
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In the NY hotel rm (they turn up again in Angst)—what good’s writing? ’’ Forgotten underlined three times, as if forgotten by three forgettings. To which add today the forgetting that followed upon these notes, interrupted for the time being by the finding of the ................. 16582$ $CH3 10-11-07 15:26:56 PS PAGE 35 post-it. Is this the fourth forgetting? How many forgettings does it take to forget, then to forget, then to forget about the forgetting? I remember the forgotten roses very well, backs straight him sprawled on the couch in room 91 them erect upright legs bunched together in the hotel vase saying we’ve been waiting for you red long-stemmed, showy, stout, vigorous roses, in the room I don’t see them as they are but for what they meant.
It was only many years later I noticed the Detail that gives us access to ‘‘The Metamorphosis’’ (‘‘Die Verwandlung’’) though it is perfectly obvious in the entryway where it vegetates and stinks, the eternal cadaver posted as a warning to the reader. But as it doesn’t call out or moan or squeak the avid visitor sweeps indifferently past the prophetic vignette and throws himself into the front room from which he doesn’t emerge alive. If only you’d read the warning Nothing wouldn’t have happened.
I wept. I should have taken out the lens. 27 the eye-patch ................. 16582$ $CH2 10-11-07 15:26:55 PS PAGE 27 * * * This whole story turns on an eye, now one of the eyes of one character, now one of the eyes of the other. This comment is totally extraneous to the story’s events. It belongs to the Tale. To the Tale, that is, version 2000. Before this date a thin sheet of soundproof glass slipped itself between the story’s events and the Tale. So long as I wore a contact lens (that is, one lens) I couldn’t tell.