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Pastoralia (2000) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In the old days, when heads were constantly poking in, we liked what we did. Really hammed it up. Had little grunting fights....Sometimes we'd go down to Russian Peasant Farm for a barbecue, I remember there was Murray and Leon, Leon was dating Eileen, Eileen was the one with all the cats, but now, with the big decline in heads poking in, the Russian Peasants are all elsewhere, some to Administration but most not, Eileen's cats have gone wild, and honest to God sometimes I worry I'll go to the Big Slot and find it goatless.
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If Americans in the future were to try to send us a message about where our culture is heading, they might simply point to the fiction of George Saunders. Living in a world that's both indelibly original and hauntingly familiar, the characters in these stories bring to life our most absurd tendencies, and allow us to see ourselves in a shocking, uproariously funny new light.

Here you find people who live and work in a simulated, theme-park cave and communicate with their loved ones via fax machine. You encounter a family happily gathered around their favorite form of entertainment, a computer-generated TV show called The Worst That Could Happen. And you hear an upbeat self-help guru sermonize about how figuring out who's been "crapping in your oatmeal" will help raise your self-esteem. With an uncanny sense of how our culture reflects our character, Saunders mixes a deadpan naturalism with a wicked sense of humor to reveal a picture of contemporary America that's both feverishly strange and, through his characters' perseverance, oddly hopeful.

Contents:

  • Pastoralia
  • Winky
  • Sea Oak
  • The End of FIRPO in the World
  • The Barber's Unhappiness
  • The Falls

Original title: Pastoralia
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionScience Fiction
FictionGeneral Fiction


The following works are contained within this one:
     Falls, the (1996) [Short Story]
      Author: George Saunders
     Winky (1997) [Short Story]
      Author: George Saunders
     Sea Oak (1997) [Novelette]
      Author: George Saunders
     End of FIRPO in the World, the (1998) [Short Story]
      Author: George Saunders
     Barber's Unhappiness, the (1999) [Novelette]
      Author: George Saunders
     Pastoralia (2000) [Novella]
      Author: George Saunders

Edition #1: Pastoralia

Pastoralia (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "Demands to be reread immediately. " The Wall Street Journal
  • "Breathtaking, brutally hilarious satire...a masterpiece of unsettling comedy. " San Diego Union Tribune
  • "Sanders's prose is like a drug candy, compulsively swallowed, sweetly addictive. " San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • "Screamingly funny. " Time
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Manifested in:

Pastoralia (June 2001)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Riverhead
ISBN: 9781573228725
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 x 0.6
Pages: 188

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Pastoralia (2001)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9780747553861
Pages: 188

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Pastoralia (May 2000)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Riverhead
ISBN: 9781573221610
Pages: 188

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Pastoralia (2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9780747550006
Dimensions: x x in
Pages: 188

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