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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  16,495 ratings  ·  1,346 reviews
From an author named by The New Yorker as one of the "20 Best American Fiction Writers Under 40," a hilarious, inventive, unforgettable collection of stories.

His remarkable first collection of stories was hailed by The New York Times as "the debut of an exciting new voice in fiction." Garrison Keillor called him wildly funny, pure, generous--all that a great humorist shoul
Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 8th 2000 by Riverhead Books (first published 2000)
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Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rob by: Amy by way of Sarah
Imagine for a moment that you go into the up-scale liquor store around the block that is celebrated city-wide for its fabulous wine selection. You're a bit of a novice when it comes to wine and are a little embarrassed to be here because your wallet is that ballistic nylon stuff and not something truly exotic like alligator skin and with that in mind you decide not to ask the sommelier for any help. You browse around the store looking for a bottle of something called David Foster Wallace that wa ...more
Vit Babenco
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Bread and circuses,” ancients used to say… And George Saunders smartly turns the art of modern entertainment into an effervescent absurdist comedy.
Pastoralia is some sort of luna park or freak show established to educate and amuse the public. The protagonist works there impersonating a caveman.
And the ways the society is being entertained tell everything about society as such too…
“Remember I told you about Chief Joseph, who never stopped walking? You’re like him. My brave little warrior. Bibby,
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
I think that if the arrangement of this collection had been reversed I would be singing a different tune right now, but as it stands I am a bit torn regarding rating this thing. Man, these stories are well-written. Saunders is darkly witty, and clearly his heart is in the right place. His main point of contention with the modern world is the reckless hammer of Capitalism, an easy target to be sure, but that is arguably all the more reason to call it into question. The injuries that it inflicts a ...more
Based on the opinions of people with excellent taste in books, I knew I was in for something good when I grabbed Pastoralia from the shelf the other day. I didn't know what to expect beyond that but it sure wasn't the sardonic giggles this collection gave me. Does everyone find their first foray into Saunders's mind this darkly endearing? 'Cause.... lemme tell you, you all led me somewhere I can't wait to revisit.

There is something off about the worlds Saunders creates. Not off-the-charts unbeli
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-eua, l-1001bymrbyd, 5e
Na vida raramente há cabrito no "Tabuleiro Grande" e quase sempre papas de aveia no "Tabuleiro Pequeno". E mesmo assim... "na vida real há pessoas a chegar ao pé de nós e a cagar nas nossas papas de aveia a toda a hora."
Entre as Lengalengas da Auto-Ajuda, os Comprimidos para a Tristeza, as Lamúrias, e outras panaceias, o melhor é optar por RIR... lendo, por exemplo, George Saunders...
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Like other folks I know and respect on Goodreads, I loved the opening, titular story but found the rest of the book to be middling. Like, disappointingly, forgettably, middling. I know the stories were kinda weird and stuff but for the life of me I can barely even remember what they were about or even distinguish them from each other. I don't think I've ever felt so uneven about a short story collection. It's so strange that it makes me curious enough to give them a reread at some point, despite ...more
Peter Boyle
''His childhood dreams had been so bright, he had hoped for so much, it couldn't be true that he was a nobody.''

These stories, wacky as they may be, don't paint a very flattering portrait of modern life. A father takes a job as a grunting caveman at a run-down theme park in order to pay his son's exorbitant medical bills. A male stripper earns a meagre wage to support his ungrateful family, who spend their day watching reality TV like How My Child Died Violently and The Worst That Could Happen,
Fuchsia  Groan
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relatos, favoritos
En Lincoln en el Bardo, que no me pareció una obra tan redonda como estos cuentos, se puede apreciar que George Saunders tiene talento para el relato corto, las pequeñas historias de los personajes fueron para mí lo más atractivo de la novela.

Con Pastoralia he disfrutado de cada página, de cada diálogo, de cada sonrisa amarga, de cada patada en el estómago que me ha llevado a la carcajada, de cada situación surrealista, de cada uno de sus personajes fracasados, atrapados y humillados, irritante
Heidi Mckye
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any person who does not deeply love George Saunders is not allowed to be my friend. Even a little bit.
João Carlos

”Pastoralia” reúne seis contos de George Saunders (n. 1958): Pastoralia, Winky, Carvalho do Mar, O Fim de Firpo Neste Mundo, A Infelicidade do Barbeiro e As Cataratas; todos publicados originalmente na revista norte-americana New Yorker .
Os seis contos de George Saunders são histórias de homens e mulheres que têm comportamentos estranhos, exibindo uma excentricidade e uma singularidade incomum, por vezes, bizarra e esquisita, para os padrões de conduta “normais” e que acabam por agir e reagir
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost two decades before George Saunders published the everybody's-talking-about-it book, Lincoln in the Bardo, he published Pastoralia.

Pastoralia is a collection of six short stories, and they are some of the weirdest, bleakest, and most well-written ones I've ever encountered.

As I worked through (struggled through) each one of them, I kept asking myself, "Are these dystopian?" I tend to think of "dystopian" as futuristic, or containing more futuristic elements, of government-imposed rations,
Sinem A.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-but-good
çok iyi karamizah örneği öykülerden oluşan kitapta yeralan öyküler günümüz insanının trajikomik halini inanılmaz bir dille anlatıyor. kurgu, yaratılan atmosfer mekan ve kişiler harika bir zeka ürünü. belki biraz amerikan ama modern insanın hezimetine güsel eğlenceli bir ağıt.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories in Pastoralia were pretty great. Saunders definitely has a schtick here – sad-sack characters worn down by the unfairness of life in (mostly) comedic situations – but as there’s just six stories, it doesn’t get a chance to wear thin. The satire is goofy yet melancholic and it never feels mean. Such a short book though, reading it all in one go means it’s over too soon.
Nuno Simões
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
entre a ressaca das eleições do Brasil e o fim da leitura deste livro dei comigo a questionar se este mundo, cheio de idiotas, imbecis e ignorantes, merece um escritor como George Saunders...
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wal-Mart employees contemplating suicide
Shelves: can-t-decide
I finished this last night when I couldn't sleep ... I adore George Saunders in small doses, he is so very funny and has such an ear for the pathos of our sad American industrial poverty.

But there's a kind of story that he writes over and over again ... not exactly the same story but the same kind of story. A story about a hilariously awful job, a hilariously difficult life and a sad, pathetic person stuck within. I don't even object to the repetition, but when I read it all back to back the re
Konserve Ruhlar
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Okurken fena şekilde etkilendiğim bir kitabı öylece bırakıp yeni bir kitapla yelken açamıyorum okuma denizinde. Pastoralya da bu kitaplardan biri. Hem George Saunders öykücülüğüne giriş yaptığım kitap hem de absürt hikayeleri bu dozda okuduğum ilk kitap. Etgar Keret’i çok severim. Türkçede bu tarz hikayelerde iyi olarak gördüğüm İsahag Uygar Eskiciyan ‘ın kitaplarıyla tanıştığımdan beri Türk Edebiyatı’nda hikaye anlatımında çeşitlilik ve yeniliğin uzun zamandır beklediğim bir okuma deneyimi o
Hazal Çamur
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adeta bir Kaybedenler Kulübü'nün absürt uyarlaması bu kitap. Saunders'tan Türkçe olarak okuduğum 4. kitap ve Saunders kitapları arasında favorilerime girmiş bulunuyor.

Bu kitapta kara mizah var, taşlama var, sizi tam güldürürken tokat atan bir yapı da var.

Hayatın gidişatına, düzene ve tüketim toplumuna bir türlü ayak uyduramamış "ezikler"in hikayelerinden derlenen bir kitap bu. Günümüz toplumsal düzeninin damgaladığı insanların trajikomik maceraları. Geniş bir aralıkta yer alan bu insanların her
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grandísima lectura. Un magnífico puñado de buenos cuentos que me han gustado incluso más que ese otro gran puñado que se recogían en “Diez de diciembre”, en los que Saunders mostraba una mayor tendencia a la respuesta explícita a las distopías que en ellos planteaba. Aquí los finales son más abiertos o menos categóricos, con un resultado, para mí, mucho más amargo y efectivo.

De Saunders, me fascina su estilo naiff tan cargado de mala leche, como plasma con una sencillez extraordinaria, con una e
Fábio Martins
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 estrelas tufadas, rendidas e incondicionais. Mestre. Avé.
This collection was totally up my alley. Saunders' writing kind of reminds me of Vonnegut, who I later realized was one of his inspirations. I was not a fan of Lincoln in the Bardo, but I'm so happy I gave his short stories a chance. Can't wait to read more of his work!
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us
White Trash ist - glaube ich - die übliche Bezeichnung für die typischen Charaktere, die George Saunders satirische Kurzgeschichten bevölkern. Mit beißender Ironie stellt er die nicht so glänzende Seite der amerikanischen Erfolgsgesellschaft bloß. Es sind tragische Schicksale, bedingt durch die absurde Logik eines Systems, in dem angeblich jeder die Freiheit hat, aus seinen Fähigkeiten etwas zu machen, eben auch jene, die sich ganz ohne Fähigkeiten in dieser Welt finden, die Kaputten, die Trauma ...more
MJ Nicholls
‘Pastoralia’ (the opening story) shows what Saunders can do. How his prose can be funny and surreal and warm and satirical and touching. Unfortunately, having done this, the other stories in this collection seem like shticky filler. ‘Winky’ was another strong piece, but I found myself snoozing through ‘Sea Oak’ which does a surrealist dance in a ra-ra skirt, and getting annoyed by his rhythms in ‘The Barber’s Unhappiness.’ His repetition, his rambling passages of superfluous detail, how he goes ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second collection of Saunder’s short stories I’ve read and Pastorlia is cut from the same cloth as the first. Think of the cartoon strip, The Far Side, in story form and you’ll get the idea of what his writing is like. His stories are weird and funny, with a pronounced absurdist edge to them. Saunders often populates his stories with a menagerie of misfits who are life’s punching bags. While their struggles are played for laughs, there is, at times, an underlying pathos to his charac ...more
Kayıp Rıhtım
Herkes bir kaybeden bu kitapta. Birbirinden tuhaf ve toplum nezdinde ezik bu karakterlerin hepsi absürt hikâyeler sahip. Fakat onlara gülemiyorsunuz. Çünkü tam güleceğiniz zaman beyninizden vurulmuşa dönüyorsunuz.

Daha da acısı, bu düzene ayak uyduramamış tuhaflar, eziklerde, hepimizin kendinde bulacağı yönler var. En az bir öyküde kendinizden bir şeyler bulacaksınız. Duygu ve düşüncelerinizin derinlerine dalarak bir köşeye terk ettiğiniz kimi anılarla ya da kendinizle ilgili şüphelerinizle yüzle
Ümit Mutlu
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Komikmiş gibi davranan, oysa hiç de komik olmayan öyküler bütünü. Bütünü hüzünlü ve çocukluğa dair ve başaramayışa ve başaramayışı kabullenişe ve daha bir sürü saçma sapan duruma dair. Paramparça ve yitik hayatlara dair.

Saunders'ın mizahı tam bir kamufle aracı. Kaybetmekle kalmayıp boş da veren bir sürü siktretmiş karakter, birbirinden absürt durumların yegâne kahramanları.

Tüketime, Amerikan rüyasına, başarıya ve seks imajına dair tonla eleştiri.
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winky: 3 estrelas. De todos os contos que compõem este livro foi o que gostei menos.
Carvalho do mar: 3,5 estrelas. A fazer-nos pensar até que ponto as nossas escolhas e a nossa passividade determinam o nosso percurso de vida.
O fim de Firpo neste mundo: 4,5 estrelas. O conto mais curto e também o mais triste...
A infelicidade do barbeiro: 4 estrelas. De como algumas pessoas passam a vida toda com a vida a passar-lhes ao lado
As cataratas: 3,5 estrelas. Repete um pouco a ideia dos dois últimos.

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Saverio Mariani
Di Saunders, appena uscito in Italia, avevo letto Dieci dicembre. Ne rimasi piacevolmente sorpreso, sebbene il distacco dalla realtà troppo spesso mi sembrava un po' sterile.
Sono amante dei racconti, e forse troppo legato a Raymond Carver per apprezzare davvero Saunders; il quale, rimane, comunque un notevole scrittore di shorts stories.
Pastoralia contiene comunque dei lampi di genio, come Il parrucchiere infelice e Le cascate, i due racconti che chiudono il libro. Due racconti che sono strapp
En Pastoralia, el escritor norteamericano George Saunders traslada las preocupaciones y desavenencias sociales de la clase media estadounidense al interior de una caleidoscópica y camaleónica plétora de voces narrativas que cautivan por su aplastante virtuosismo o ese humor corrosivo que transforma la socarronería en sentimiento de culpa. Este libro reúne un total de seis piezas absolutamente extraordinarias que ridiculizan todo aspecto de una 'satirizable' estructura social cincelada en forma d ...more
Marcello S
Non posso dire di essere entrato del tutto in sintonia con questi racconti di Barthelm… No, volevo dire di Saunders.
Forse un po’ troppo strani, surreali.
Mi piace l’idea di raccontare momenti delle vite di personaggi strambi, nerd, frustrati.

Credo sia più facile goderseli per un americano che per un europeo [4.1 la media voto generale / 3.6 la media voto per l’edizione italiana].
In ogni caso non lasciano indifferenti e continuano a girarmi in testa.
Ci devo pensare. [69/100]

Pastoralia ✖✖✖
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This collection is easily the best collection of stories I have had the pleasure to ever read. Dark. Cynical. Horrific. And, yet, these stories possess a level of truth in each one that resonates long after the story ends. Simply put: George Saunders is brilliant.
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George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 1981 he received a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996. He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysi ...more
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“Down in the city are the nice houses and the so-so houses and the lovers making out in dark yards and the babies crying for their moms, and I wonder if, other than Jesus, has this ever happened before. Maybe it happens all the time. Maybe there's angry dead all over, hiding in rooms, covered with blankets, bossing around their scared, embarrassed relatives. Because how would we know?” 15 likes
“Good God, but life could be less than easy, not that he was unaware that it could certainly be a lot worse, but to go about in such a state, pulse high, face red, worried sick that someone would notice how nervous one was, was certainly less than ideal, and he felt sure that his body was secreting all kinds of harmful chemicals and that the more he worried about the harmful chemicals the faster they were pouring out of wherever it was they came from.” 9 likes
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