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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Preface

Dad said she should try to understand that other people, even ignorant people, even poor people, loved their children every bit as much as she loved hers. The lb CEO is a ripe example of our cruelty towards others, as the reader witnesses the inner turmoil of a good man, albeit an obese man, as he clings to his morality while beleaguered by insults and jokes at his weight — his coworkers openly mock him to his face with no thought to how it might affect him.

I believe he takes more pleasure in his perfect creatures, and cheers them on like a brainless dad as they run roughshod over the rest of us.

He gives us a desire to be liked, and personal attributes that make us utterly unlikable. Having placed his flawed and needy children in a world civilwarland in bad decline exacting specifications, he deducts the difference between what we have and what we need from our hearts and our self-esteem and our mental health.

Much like the darkly comedic works of Flannery O'ConnorSaunders depicts obdurate, morally corrupt characters who cling to their religion. What terrible atrocities we can commit with God on our side.

Money is another scapegoat, as in the title story where even murder seems less repugnant than bankruptcy and lowly employees are pressured into terrible situations in order to feed their families.

There is no arguing against those in power, and exposing their depravity, or fighting against it, can only lead one to being squashed by the corporate gears, as in Downtrodden Mary. Some people truly are above the laws. It is the wicked that rule the world, and the good that are haunted by the ghosts of the slaughter.

Those with a good moral compass always get crushed in his worlds, and often they are ridiculed or hated because of civilwarland in bad decline honest and good beliefs.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

The ability to feel, to empathize, to pity, open one up to the cold, hateful aim of those whose hearts are so calloused and buried in filth civilwarland in bad decline self-righteousness that they can't care for anyone aside from themselves.

Saunders wants us to treat each other with respect, to keep an open mind and open heart. In his violent visions, we see the results of our acceptance of picking on the nerds, the physically less fortunate, the weak and the dumb. In the wonderful, and wonderfully terrifying novella Bounty, those with any deformity, the Flawed, are enslaved and dehumanized.


Saunders re-examines civilwarland in bad decline past to portend the future, and extends the horrors encompass us all instead of stopping at boundaries of race, creed or gender.

In each story, the world is headed in a terrible direction that is, for the most part, seen as irreversible. Saunders is looking to us, those in the present, to course correct in order to avoid such a grim future. I have people waiting for me, who love me.

This is my life. These are the best years of my life. We managed to buy a house.

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It was small but sweet, and the four civilwarland in bad decline us lived there, happily. What a thing it was, to suddenly have a real life happening to us, to be in over our heads but glad about it.

The gratitude I was feeling nudged me to the edge of a thought precipice: Had others, loving this much, had it go wrong? Did that ever happen?

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

And I knew the answer was yes, of course, all the time, every day. Which raised a second question, one that I now see as being at the heart of this book: Why is the world so harsh to those who are losing?

Sensing how close we were to the edge financially we lived check to check, were running up huge credit card debtfeeling ourselves bringing up the back of the civilwarland in bad decline in terms of what kind of life we were making for civilwarland in bad decline daughters relative to the lives of their peers, I realized for the first time, in my gut, how harsh life could be and how little it cared if someone failed.