Alice suggested we start a thread in the Lounge to discuss the book without fear of spoiling it for those who haven’t read it. There is a lot to discuss! It’s not a mystery novel, but it’s puzzling and ingenious and it is really best to read it before hearing anything about it, so if you’re planning to read it, GO NO FURTHER. I’d also advise you not to read any reviews of the book.
Any explanation of it dilutes the impact, I think. Here’s a link to the MDK blog post about the book: https://www.masondixonknitting.com/lazy-sunday-lincoln-bardo/
As I read it, I kept wondering where George Saunders gets his imagery and language. It’s all so rich and has the weird specificity of dreams, in which the dreamer accepts things like I’m at Whole Foods With George Clooney And They’re Out of Kombucha.
I would like an annotated version of the book that identifies which of the quoted historical references are real. I am hoping that some of the odder ones are real.
It reminds me of a book called The Rubber Room, which collects images of Lincoln’s deathbed showing more and more people in the room with him as time goes by and more people claim to have been there. If I hadn’t seen that book with my own eyes I would think George Saunders had made it up.
I would love to talk about the book and audiobook here!