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    Inventive and Moving

    There are so many aspects of this book that impressed me, and while I couldn’t help but feel the intense sadness of President Lincoln and his family, I was also entertained by the stories and the wide variety of states of consciousness of the souls in Bardo. I actually feel guilty saying that – but some of the exchanges were just plain funny. This is an impressive book for so many reasons and in the end, I was left with the kind of feeling you get when walking out of a theatre after watching an especially good movie. The bemused smile on the face, the eyes half in this world and half still seeing parts of the movie, the mind at rest yet still processing what it just witnessed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves that “after-movie” feeling with none of the accompanying partial deafness.
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    Lincoln in the Bardo

    An earlier comment by me suggested a comparison of George Saunders to James Joyce and I stand by that comparison. The narrative techniques are interesting, the novel takes awhile to get used to the surreal undead world, and its interweaving with a true historical event is masterfully executed. I would, however not view this as historical fiction in the strictest sense of the term.
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    Lincoln in the bardo

    The first page caught me with such intensity and curiousity. I was confused initially, knowing nothing about the premis, wasn't a bardo a mexican grocery? So, when it dawned on me, it was such an interesting premis, the book was hard to put down! The author completely understood the grief in Lincolns heart, which was hard to read.
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    Lincoln

    Poor character developmet, it was difficult to read, no flow. This was a waste of my time and money.
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