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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
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Feb 08, 09

Read in January, 2009

I generally like George Saunders a lot, and there were several great stories in the collection, but sadly nothing that measured up to the wonder that is "Sea Oak." Saunders has a very strange obsession with theme parks, odd museums and tourist destinations, and also with the weird ways that self-help and corporate jargon have entered our everyday vocabulary, and it's a little odd reading story after story about basically the same concept, but taken individually many of the stories are engrossing in a dark and cynical way.
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