Well that was disappointing. I’ve read some of George Saunders’s short stories and was entertained, but I didn’t much enjoy Lincoln in the Bardo. It’s the story of Abraham Lincoln coming to the graveyard to visit his newly dead son William, told from the perspective of a variety of lost souls that don’t believe they’re dead. There was no plot to speak of, and none of the large cast of characters was appealing. I did enjoy the sections that were fictional quotes from contemporary histories, many of which contradicted each other on the details, and some of the characters told funny stories, but it didn’t hold together as a novel.
Widely acclaimed, winner of the Man Booker Prize, on many best of 2017 lists. Not my cup of tea.
Music I listened to while reading this:
- Carlow Town, Seamus Fogarty
- You’ve Got Tonight, Wiretree