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Lincoln in the Bardo
Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
In his long-awaited first novel, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, "Lincoln in the Bardo"is a literary experience unlike any other for no one but Saunders could conceive it. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. My poor boy, he was too good for this earth, the president says at the time. God has called him home. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie s soul."Lincoln in the Bardo"is an astonishingfeat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices living and dead, historical and invented to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when weknow that everything we love must end? Praise for George Saunders No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time. Khaled Hosseini George Saunders is a complete original. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity. Dave Eggers Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does. Junot Diaz Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny. Zadie Smith George Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We re lucky to have him. Jonathan Franzen An astoundingly tuned voice graceful, dark, authentic, and funny telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times. Thomas Pynchon"
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Cinfhen
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Just finished the brilliant, original #genrebursting novel. A flawless blend of fact, fiction, imagination, grief and paranormal this story centers on young Willie Lincoln, Abe‘s son who has passed away at age 11. I switched between print & audio and have to say both were perfection. The full cast was especially rewarding. I get why this book earned so many accolades and awards 🙌🏻 Using for #Booked2019 & #Pop19 #GhostStory

LeahBergen I went to hear him read from this book and he had several local “celebrities” on stage with him to make it a full cast. It was so cool! I, of course, haven‘t read it yet. 😆😆 I can never read a book in the midst of all its hype. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I should be safe now! 4d
Cinfhen Im not sure why I waited so long either @LeahBergen but it really lived up to the hype for me 🙌🏻 4d
TrishB I just didn‘t like it, or get the hype! All different readers 😁 4d
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Cinfhen That‘s funny @TrishB I would have thought you would have liked it. 4d
TrishB I just didn‘t like the style - felt like it was more important than the actual story and it just annoyed me. 🤷‍♀️ 4d
Theaelizabet I loved it. Read it and listened to the audio, which was a tour de force. 4d
BarbaraBB I‘m with @TrishB on this one! 4d
TrishB @BarbaraBB 👍🏻 funny how these things go! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage So happy you loved it @Cinfhen. You and another friend just read it. Now I‘m thinking about listening on audio since I read it the first time. 3d
CarolynM I'm in the style over substance camp on this one too @TrishB @BarbaraBB 3d
Cinfhen I get what you‘re saying @TrishB @BarbaraBB @CarolynM but for me it was such a unique reading experience and I appreciated all the research that was done and how he so seamlessly crafted it into the story. Memorable 3d
Cinfhen The audio takes it to another level @BarbaraTheBibliophage I may be able to share my audible with you xx I put my account on hold for June & July so I need to see if I‘m still able to share from my library 3d
Cinfhen Amen to that @Theaelizabet 🙌🏻❤️ 3d
DebinHawaii I read it during the hype. 😉🤣I listened to the audio book as well and really enjoyed it--the full cast was amazing and I loved the creativity. 3d
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Cinfhen
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Overripe bananas can only mean one thing... #AudioBaking 👩🏼‍🍳I switched from print to audio and I see why everyone is wowed by the audio....it‘s excellent!!!!

AnneFindsJoy Mmmmm! Yummy! I have some over-ripe banana waiting for me to do this with too. Happy listening! 7d
Hestapleton I listened to this a few years ago while driving to and from Indiana to see my boyfriend (now husband) and it was so delightful to listen to while driving though Midwest country highways. 7d
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Cathythoughts Yum 😋 7d
Crazeedi Looks like one for my breakfast! Thanks!😉 7d
Cinfhen I can imagine @Hestapleton #BookMemory 😊 they were yummy and I have ZERO guilt about breaking my no sugar #BFC @Crazeedi @Cathythoughts @AnneFindsJoy @erzascarletbookgasm #SelfCareMonday ♥️ 7d
Theaelizabet Yeah, that audio...amazing. 7d
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Cinfhen
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I‘m on a reading roll🎲🎲After a week of barely reading a few pages I‘ve finished 3 books in 3 days and I‘m chugging along on my 4th 🚂🚂🚂Don‘t know why I let this sit on my shelf for so long!?!? I‘m loving it❣️❣️❣️

actualdisneyprincess It took me awhile to get into Lincoln/figure out what was going on, but once I did, I really enjoyed it!! 1w
KarenUK Glad you found your reading groove honey,.. I know how stress can be so disruptive.... I‘m finally finding mine again 💕😊😘 1w
LauraBeth I didn‘t know your hubby was sick! I‘m so sorry to hear about that. ❤️❤️ Sending love 1w
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megnews I loved this one! 1w
TrishB Glad you‘re back on a roll 😁 I bailed on this one! 1w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @LauraBeth you gotta pop in more often....miss u 😘thanks @KarenUK glad to hear you‘re pulling a Stella and getting your reading mojo back 😉Hope your guy is feeling better and stronger every day 💕💕💕💕 1w
Cinfhen I picked it up after 8 pm on a total whim and was quickly immersed @megnews @actualdisneyprincess @TrishB hubby has been catching up on his sleep so when he‘s dozing I‘m reading!!! Just like having a newborn at home 👶🏼 😁 1w
Hooked_on_books Yeah, I loved this one! It‘s so unusual. Glad you‘re back on track and hope your husband is as well. 1w
Cinfhen Last week‘s crazy roller coaster seems to be slowing down @Hooked_on_books and I couldn‘t be happier 😁 and this book is the perfect blend of fact & fiction 👻👻👻 1w
Cathythoughts I loved this book too ♥️ 1w
Megabooks I loved it too!! Thinking about you and the hubs!! 💗💗 1w
toofondofbooks This book is fantastic...really highly recommend the audiobook. 1w
Cinfhen I have the audio but I‘m actually enjoying the physical book @toofondofbooks maybe I‘ll switch and try a bit of audio 1w
Cinfhen Sorry I haven‘t been Litsying much @Megabooks good luck with your test today xx and thanks for all your good wishes 💜💜💜 1w
Freespirit Loved this book..so different. One that has stayed with me. 7d
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LittlePixels
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I just read this entire thing in bed tonight, while trying not to wake hubby with my "damn, that thing is bright as the sun!" book light. It was a fast read, but not really my thing. The Lincoln parts were interesting, but the nattering spirits, despite the unique format, were dull dull dull. It was like "The Breakfast Club" for dead people. And I didn't like "The Breakfast Club". ? #unpopularopinion

Tamra I loved the audio version - the voice acting is excellent! 2w
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nomierosie
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I was uncertain about this book to begin with and still cant quite decide if I would designate it so-so or a pick. I found it quite emotionally comforting how it confronts issues relating to mortality and the style is certainly innovative. It's not something I'd ever pick normally but we read it with my book club and I was pleased I'd branched out #lincoln #lincolninthebardo

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ScientistSam
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Got a great haul at the library booksale yesterday! Almost all were in pretty much brand new condition, too. The books with spines facing away are for a swap.

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Les_get_reading
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By far, one of the most interesting books I have ever read. They writing style was incredibly unique; very out-of-the-box compared to my normal reads. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was a bit hard to adapt to Saunders‘ style at first, but I‘m glad I stayed with it. Entertaining certainly, and a strange twist on the Lincoln family history. Lots of character

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 2mo
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kristyredden209
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Disappointed with this one. I enjoyed the narration, just not the story. Too different for my taste. So I stopped and returned it early.

I‘m excited for this one! #audiobook #librarybook

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ReadosaurusText
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Mehso-so

I realize most people loved this book, and perhaps I will try the highly-recommended audiobook, but I am not sure this book is for me. I found it amusing at times and an, errrr, interesting device for constructing a book, but I had really expected it to love it after all its accolades and I did not. That is okay! Not every book is for everyone. 🤓

TrishB Nope, I didn‘t like either. 2mo
cathysaid DNF‘d that one within a few pages of trying 2mo
RealBooks4ever Do try the audiobook. It might change your mind! 💜🎧 2mo
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heikemarie I found a lot more mixed reviews than solid love! It was definitely held up by critics but I think I‘m just not fancy enough to have adored it. Award fodder for sure. 2mo
ReadosaurusText @TrishB I am relieved I am not alone in this! 2mo
ReadosaurusText @cathysaid I got the advice to stick with it for at least 100 pages, and that was good advice. But in general, it should not take 1/3 of the book to get invested, imho. 2mo
ReadosaurusText @RealBooks4ever Thank you! I am going to do this next time I have a road trip. 😃 2mo
ReadosaurusText @heikemarie I can only suppose the award committees thought it was inventive? Definitely made me think about the boundaries of literature! 2mo
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kricheal
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How amazing is this book?! It's crazy, weird, sad and so very strange. I really loved it. Highly recommend the audio with this one. #2019 #26

daena Love that book so much 2mo
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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlylistening

megnews Love this book. 2mo
Tamra 💙👏🏾 2mo
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Gaylagal2
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Sitting around reading on this very stormy and dreary Saturday, a little bit of sunshine was in my mailbox! Amy you are the sweetest ever!!!😘 A million thank you's and I've wanted to read this for a long time...THANK YOU!🤙
@AmyG
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AmyG I hope you enjoy it. It‘s a very different, yet wonderful book. 😘 3mo
Gaylagal2 @amyg I‘m sure I will! Have a great Sunday🤙 3mo
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ReadosaurusText
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Fitting in a little Sunday night reading time after a weekend of friends, work, and errands. I can‘t believe tomorrow is already Monday. 😐

RealBooks4ever Loved this book on audio! 💜 3mo
Erinreadsthebooks Monday comes around so quickly 😩 3mo
ReadosaurusText @RealBooks4ever I can totally see how this would work well as an audio book! 3mo
ReadosaurusText @Erinreadsthebooks Every. Dang. Week. 3mo
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AnnHeitman
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Página 216 y me encanta!!!!!

AnnHeitman Gracias!!! 3mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 3mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️💜♥️💕💚 3mo
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 3mo
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parttimedomestic
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I snagged a few treasures from the library book sale today! #bookhaul #librarybooksale

Lcsmcat There are some great reads there! 4mo
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ReadosaurusText
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1. LINCOLN IN THE BARDO
2. All of the above
3. THE MOONSTONE by Wilkie Collins in high school

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 📚 4mo
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ReadosaurusText
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SOOOO excited to finally start this book. Happy Saturday!

BookishMarginalia I hope you enjoy it — I bailed (tried both the audio and the print book and just couldn‘t get over the pretentiousness of it all! And I‘m a comparative literature major!) (edited) 4mo
SharonGoforth I loved this book! 😊 4mo
ReadosaurusText @BookishMarginalia Oh! Good to know! I have had so many people recommend it, so it is good to have another perspective! 4mo
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8little_paws I loved it too. Ther first 100ish pages I was like, what is this book. But I kept going and was TOTALLY captivated by the end 4mo
ReadosaurusText @8little_paws Good advice! Thank you! 4mo
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Schlinkles
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That magical moment when George Saunders takes a selfie with you, no biggie! #dearsweetlordilovemyjob

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megnews
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Lincoln in the Bardo is filled to the brim and overflowing with ghosts, including Abe‘s son Willie. This is the most different format for a book I‘ve ever read. I couldn‘t put it down. One of the very best books I read last year.
#DontHauntThisPlace #TimbitTunes

Cinfhen A book I still haven‘t gotten to but it‘s been on my shelf for a few years now😞I MUST try to read this one in2019 🤞🏼🤞🏼 4mo
Freespirit I loved it too...so original 4mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy This is been on my TBR shelf for a couple of years now, maybe it's time I finally try to get to it! 4mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm intrigued by this one, hopefully I'll get to it eventually! 4mo
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AlexGeorge
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Finally got around to this! What a strange, wonderful novel. Will be thinking about this for a very long time. Can‘t wait for him to come to the Unbound Book Festival this April!

Becker This is a wonderful novel once you figure out what the author is doing. It is one of the most original novels I have ever read. 4mo
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abbielistenstobooks
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I will likely read 150+ audiobooks this year, but I'll put this one as the audiobook for #PBNread2019 because I think that it truly shines in audiobook form. It has 166 narrators! ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SIX.

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m.galehuxley
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I read this book a little over a year ago. It took me a while to get into it, but I was so moved by the end of it.

Tamra 💜 The writing is extraordinary. (edited) 5mo
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MissHel
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#2019readingchallenge “a book that won an award” done. Lincoln in the Bardo is a hard book to describe. It‘s positively flavored with sadness, more so than you‘d imagine. There are parts that are almost hilarious in their absurdity. It‘s weird, and disjointed, and absorbing, but mostly haunting like the ghosts that populate the story.

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Nidhi_Ashok
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This is a fun and different read! First time reading something of this kind. By this I mean the writing style. Although the topic seems the one that‘s being addressed every now and then, the way it‘s been crafted is ostentatious.

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Astroneman
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Fed Added to my reading list, seems interesting! 5mo
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BlueMonday42
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I‘ve never read a book like this. Part historical record and part ghost story, this tells as much about the days after Lincoln‘s son Willie died as it does about the nature of grief and loss.

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abbielistenstobooks
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Pretty sure this is going to be the best book I'll read this year. I'm definitely going to read it more than once this year. Oh my STARS this is fantastic.

It's about Lincoln and the death of his son, basically, but also not really? But also yes it is.

166 narrators, and it totally works. A few main characters, and many minor players, with distinctive voices.

Delightful, heart-rending, beautiful, devastating, rich, powerful, sad, and beautiful.

Freespirit I loved those voices...the story stayed with me for months.... 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @Freespirit I am ready to read it again already 5mo
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abbielistenstobooks
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Do you see that?? 166 NARRATORS!!

I'm only like an hour in but this is fantastic. This is a very special piece of art. A beautiful story, with so many super talented folx reading. It's a wow from me, so far.

jenniferajanes 😲 166?! 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @jenniferajanes YES! One for each character! The book was recommended to me by a friend who read the physical printed book, and he said it was amazing that way, but now that I've been listening, I think this is the PERFECT way to tell the story. It's incredible! 5mo
jenniferajanes @abbielistenstobooks That‘s very cool! Is it difficult to keep up with everyone? That‘s a lot of characters! 5mo
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abbielistenstobooks @jenniferajanes it's not at all difficult, somehow. It feels like this is the way the story is meant to be told! 5mo
jenniferajanes @abbielistenstobooks Awesome! I need to look for that! 5mo
Freespirit Loved it 5mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I listened to the audio of this, which is quite a production. Several very recognizable voices in the cast. Some of the many quotes from the many sources got a bit annoying. It‘s beautifully written, and the mingling of fact and fantasy give a whimsical touch to a tragic story, making it ultimately a positive experience. If you don‘t mind a little paranormal whimsy thrown into your nonfiction, this could really work for you!

RaimeyGallant Great review. I'm more intrigued than ever, even if paranormal isn't really my thing. 6mo
Texreader Best review I‘ve read yet about this book 6mo
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DrHodgdon
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I listened to this on a long eight hour drive by myself (the book itself was 7.5 hours). A bit confusing at times, but kept me interested for the full ride!

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BookyBun
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Marvellous but difficult to follow---never knew it was possible! Here's hoping to finish it this year.

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Victoria_Clyne
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I'm not sure what to write about this book. Like another review said I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. The premise was interesting but I found it hard to keep the characters straight and as someone said some of the characters were quite vulgar. I'm in two minds about the quotes. They did a good job at painting the picture of the time however they made the audio disjointed by having the reference and there were far too many.

MrBook I had to give up on the audio. It was like GoT on steroids on steroids. 6mo
Victoria_Clyne That's a good analogy @MrBook 6mo
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arlenefinnigan
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I'm sorry, I know everyone loved this, especially the audio version, but...... I just didn't get it. At all. Couldn't figure out any of what was supposed to be happening. Just not for me.

Karisa I bailed on this one too. Just to slow moving and morbid for me (though I usually don't mind dark). Just couldn't get into it. 6mo
TrishB I finished it but really disliked it!! 6mo
Itchyfeetreader Oh I gave up on the audio bought it on sale on kindle and bailed there as well. 😂😂😂I might have another go at some point but not right now 6mo
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arlenefinnigan Glad I'm not the only one! 6mo
Ms_T I started it, had to google what on earth it was about, then restarted it and liked it. But I agree, it‘s an unusual one. 6mo
CarolynM It had it's moments but overall I wasn't keen. Too much style, not enough substance. 6mo
BookBabe If I read it via audio alone or via print alone, it wouldn‘t have worked for me. I had to immersion read it with audio and print simultaneously. I started out annoyed by it, but ended up loving it. 6mo
Freespirit I actually loved it but appreciate it was an unusual read. 6mo
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megnews
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From reviews, it seems you either love it or leave it with this book. Mark my tick in the love it category. I started this shortly before the kiddos woke up to see what Santa brought and I‘m flying through. The writing style is so different and I LOVE it. I really like the quotes from primary sources.

KathyWheeler I thought that it‘s structure was really interesting. 6mo
deadrabbitsbooks I loved it ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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Liz_M
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Happiness is checking the library website and finding available a much coveted book that you thought still had a long wait list! ☺

Happy Holidays! 🎄 🎁 😘

sprainedbrain Happy holidays to you! ❤️ 6mo
BarbaraBB Contemporary fiction? Wow 😉😘 6mo
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JustJill1963
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My favorite book of 2018.

DivineDiana I still need to read this! 6mo
RaimeyGallant On my tbr! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊👋🏻 6mo
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JustJill1963 @Eggs Thank you! 6mo
JustJill1963 @DivineDiana I‘m going to read it again in January. 6mo
Simona Welcome to Litsy❣️ 5mo
Freespirit I loved it too 5mo
BooknerdsLife Welcome to this Litsy family 🙌💕📚 5mo
JustJill1963 @Simona Thank you! 5mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you.🙂 3mo
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JLaurenceCohen
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This book is super weird in the best way. It features a bunch of ghosts and Abraham Lincoln. It weaves a pastiche of voices together to tell a fascinating story of confronting death. It reminds me a bit of C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce. Saunders is full of compassion for humanity's virtues and vices.

Tamra I had two 5 star reads last year and this was one - on audio. 6mo
JLaurenceCohen I heard the audio book was amazing! I heard Saunders and a few actors do a reading on his book tour. 6mo
readordierachel I just picked up a used copy of this today! Looking forward to it. 6mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Mindyrecycles
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Highlighted the ones I‘ve done #in2018. 🙂 @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Well done 👏👏 6mo
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iporto
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To finish my (kinda lame) Reading Challenge and to start 2019 with beatiful books..

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Caksf
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Wow, what a stunner! It took me a minute to find the rhythm of this book. To my mind it‘s part Greek chorus, part poetry and 100 percent brilliant. The writing is superb, the format is novel and the insights are profound. I highly recommend it, especially if you are a history buff (they are incidental to the story, but I found the history tid bits fascinating) 5/5

kateykontent If audiobooks are your thing, it is ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!! I listened 2x in a row. It won a bunch of awards, too! 6mo
Caksf @kateykontent thanks for the tip! I‘ve heard it was quite a production, sounds very cool!! 6mo
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Cakeypal
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Moving exploration of grief. I loved that this novel included passages from biographies, histories, and primary sources about Lincoln. I admit that I wasn‘t a Saunders‘ fan before this novel. I finally understand the hype.

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Libby1
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MY BOOK OF THE YEAR.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts I did love it too ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
TrishB Weird......I absolutely hated it! I think I only finished because I kept hoping it would get better.....more reasons to love Litsy 😘 7mo
LMJenkins It‘s on my shelf....I hope I love it too. I haven‘t seen that cover before. 7mo
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Tamra Yes yes yes. All the love. If you haven‘t listened to the audio yet, do! I‘m listening to it a second time now. 7mo
Moray_Reads Also loved it! 7mo
Libby1 @Cathythoughts , @TrishB , @LMJenkins , @Tamra , @Moray_Reads - isn‘t that cover the absolute best? It‘s funny how much this book divides opinion. I‘d definitely give it a go on audio, too. Love and grief and grace and the afterlife - just my cuppa (how they say cup of tea in Northern Ireland - do they say this in Cork, @Cathythoughts ?) @TrishB - I love our differences of opinion on books. Makes my reading life richer. 😊 7mo
Moray_Reads I am a huge fan of experimental literature so I love unusual narrative devices, and this was definitely unusual! It worked brilliantly for me 7mo
Moray_Reads And we say "cuppa" in Scotland AND in Yorkshire. I think it's a general UK expression 7mo
TrishB We say cuppa too ☕️ 7mo
Libby1 @TrishB and @Moray_Reads - excellent! Thanks for enlightening me. When we lived in London for a few years I found that some NI expressions didn‘t work there. I think people found it really odd to hear these sayings in an American accent! By then I‘d lived in NI for more than 10 years, so sometimes it‘s hard to remember which saying is from which place. I‘ve lived in the UK now for 18 years and am currently working on my app for UK citizenship! ❤️ 7mo
Libby1 @Moray_Reads - yes, I am a fan of experimental literature, too, as long as there‘s not too much magical realism. For some reason, magical realism and I don‘t get along too well! 7mo
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Tamra
Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I know this one isn‘t popular, but I LOVE it! I‘m listening to it a second time and the language is just gorgeous, witty, irreverent, poignant, funny, devastating, etc. Saunders was able to recreate the beauty of 19th century American English. Plus, the narrators for the audio make it come alive!

Notafraidofwords The way he depicts loss is astounding 7mo
Tamra @Notafraidofwords it is! And all of the “tarrying” characters have experienced it. 7mo
AmyG I loved it, too. 7mo
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Graywacke Glad you enjoyed. It‘s its own kind of thing. 7mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one & I think a second reading will only enhance... 👍🏻💔 7mo
Mitch It was recommended to me by a book seller recently who said it was way better on audio.. might give it a go. 7mo
Megabooks I liked it! 7mo
Flaneurette I read this and loved it! I have 3 audible credits burning a hole in my pocket and have been considering getting this even tho I am not rereader at all... 7mo
Tamra @Mitch definitely do! 7mo
Tamra @Flaneurette do it! It‘s such amazing experience. 7mo
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derr.liz
Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Saunders has some beautiful ways of describing death:
"matterlightblooming phenomenon"
"a wave that has crashed upon the shore"

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Pogue
Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Mehso-so

While I liked the premise of the book and the writing style this book just did not suck me in. If anyone has seen or read the play “Out Town” this reminds of that. Where there is not a lot of scenery and everything is focused on the characters.

Tadams4 I totally cannot get into this book. 7mo
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DoonTheGoon
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This book was the PERFECT October read... so funny, a little spooky, and with an emotional punch I wasn't expecting. The formatting of the book is a bit difficult at first, but stick with it - it gets easier and is totally worth it. I loved this book!

Fun fact: all of the graves in this photo pre-date Lincoln's presidency... so these fine folks could have very well contributed to this story.

IamIamIam My BIL listened to this & said it was great! 7mo
mauveandrosysky Yes! I loved this book soooooo much. 7mo
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KingTheo
Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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This is one of the best audio books I've listen to. 💕
Usually I find it hard to keep my attention on listening to a book but with all the different voices and morbid setting... makes me love it. And it's the perfect time of year to enjoy this. 👻🍂🍁

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DoonTheGoon
Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Reading in the tub is like a warm hug for the body and the brain.

Started this one last night - seems promising so far! I wanted something a bit spooky to end the month. 👻

britt_brooke One of my favorite reading spots. Enjoy! 🛁 8mo
akckitty I liked this novel. :) 8mo
DoonTheGoon @britt_brooke Thank you! :) 8mo
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DoonTheGoon @akckitty The formatting is kinda interesting - but I'm finding that once I get into the groove I like it as well! 8mo
gradcat Loved this one! Did it by audio because of all the great readers (176 different ones, I think?)...really good. 8mo
DoonTheGoon @gradcat Oh man! I'm not an audio book person - but that sounds like it would be worth checking out! 8mo
gradcat @DoonTheGoon I‘m not either, I own a total of four. I just happened to read an article about the various readers, and that sold me on audio for this one. It really is great! 8mo
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