What I Read This Week

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. It is haunting, poetic and philosophical. It is a historical fiction about the death of President Lincoln’s son, Willie and his afterlife experiences in the bardo or cemetery. It deals with the question of life and death and coping with loss. What I found most entertaining was the structure of the novel. Some parts of it takes sentences from different historical letters, biographies, and textbooks and arranges them to tell a narrative. I also enjoyed reading from the perspective of all of the different spirits that reside in the cemetery and their individual stories.

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