Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lincoln in the bardo

Lincoln in the bardo / George Saunders, 341 pgs.

A stunning book of grief and love, the basic story follows the death of Willie, Abraham and Mary Lincoln's son.  Willie has been interred but his spirit is confused about what he should do now.  He would like to go home.  We know of this due to all the other spirits inhabiting the bardo. They have many back stories and quirks that are revealed through their conversation and interactions with each other and Lincoln, who visits his son's final resting place.

I listened to the audio version of this book.  With a full cast of 166 and music by Jeff Tweedy, it adds to the story immeasurably.

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