Tenth of December is the third book I read by George Saunders after In Persuasion Nation and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. I can say that the author deserves all the applause he is getting. Although he focuses on the same themes in each of his books, I can say that I got a different taste from all of them.
Tenth of December is Saunders’s most popular book. After reading the stories inside, it is not difficult to understand why. Considered the greatest short story writer of our time, Saunders immediately caught the attention of many readers, with this book being nominated for many awards and winning most of them. Saunders is an author who has left a mark on people with his subjects, quite different short stories and astonishing subjects. I read each of his stories with both horror and pleasure. If you haven’t read Saunders yet, you are missing a lot. You will be surprised. Enjoy!
Tenth of December
One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet.
In the taut opening, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door. And is faced with a harrowing choice. Does he ignore what he sees, or so override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother. And struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a so stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss. A middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a so troubled young boy. Who, over the course of a so fateful morning. Gives the dying man a final chance to recall so who he really is.
George Saunders is an American writer of short stories, essays, novellas, children’s books, and so novels. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and so GQ. He also contributed a weekly column, American Psyche, to the weekend magazine of The Guardian between 2006 and 2008.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: