An earlier work of Saunders’, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil treads the familiar grounds of social commentary common to all his novels. With a particular abundance of the whimsical, strange and downright fantastical, this was certainly an interesting read.
In his debut novel, once more Saunders’ irreverent, sporadic and moving style is put masterfully to use to capture a powerful narrative. Composed of dozens of voices, from which history merges with fiction in a mesmerising whole, Lincoln in the Bardo is an entirely singular novel, certainly the first of its kind, and one which will long be remembered.
In light of Saunders’ recent success in publishing his first full novel, this review looks back to one of his most insightful collections of short stories: Tenth of December.
In this oddly disjointed, surreal collection, the underlying issues in modern American culture are loudly explored. An exhilarating read, Saunders’ breathless writing style floods over terrible realities and hard truths, leaving the reader gasping in its wake.