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Lincoln in the Bardo > Question #3: Ghosts

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Was there a particular ghost whose story resonated with you the most?


Ashley | 116 comments Mod
I thought all the ghosts had such unique stories, and that Saunders did an excellent job of exploring the different emotions and circumstances that could occur upon death. For instance, I think the mother/father pair (who are quite crass and vulgar) you also get the side that the mother realizes her children have not visited because of the way she acted as a mother. I find this to be a heartbreaking story. The realization seems to come and go, and the woman often tries to rework history. This particular ghost story stayed with me.


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Susan (susanopl) | 472 comments Mod
The ghost whose story I found most moving was Willie Lincoln himself. His interactions with his father, and their final parting were heartbreaking. I think Saunders did an excellent job of capturing the mind and dialogue of a young boy.


Kate (arwen_kenobi) | 100 comments Mod
I agree with both of you - that opening bit with Willie and her father in the beginning was devastating to me too.


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