George Saunders’ TENTH OF DECEMBER
The first story, Victory Lap, was amazing. The way Saunders got into the head of the three characters so quickly and fully was something to behold. It is a powerful and dark story, told very delicately, that really kicked off the collection well. Saunders followed this up with Sticks, a really shorty story consisting of only two paragraphs that again packed a punch that belied its size. My other favourites in the collection were Escape From Spiderhead, which is about an unusual experiment conducted on prisoners and the powerful The Semplica-Girl Diaries which lures you into some absolutely biting satire.
The writing is amazing but by the end of the collection my feelings about short stories bore true again. I felt unsatisfied and wanting more exploration of the ideas Saunders was bringing up and commenting on. As a writer I can see that he is a masterful storyteller, as reader I just wanted a bit more to sink my teeth into.
ISBN: 9781408837344 ISBN-10: 140883734X Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) , Short stories Format: Hardback (216mm x 135mm x 26mm) Pages: 272 Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publish Date: 3-Jan-2013 Country of Publication: United Kingdom