Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812995350
081299535X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (341 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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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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OPL_ErinD
Dec 19, 2017

This is one of the most original works of fiction I have ever read. It is hilarious and devastating and is written unlike anything else.

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chas1929
Dec 13, 2017

Have never read any books by G Saunders, and will not read another. This book was confusing and jumped all over with each sentence or paragraph having a reference. Even though it was a novel and I read mostly nonfiction. The author's thinking and verbalizing was over my head and with out a story line.

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mustI
Nov 29, 2017

Didn't know George Saunders from Adam but am now in love with this inventive, unique mind that manages to describe crushing grief, confusion, the horrors of civil war, the smallness and the greatness of the human spirit through excerpts from writings of Lincoln's period and the musings of numerous 'spirits' unwilling to leave the between-world of the bardo. Fascinating, constantly surprising, a tour de force, but not an easy read.

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