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Lincoln i bardo de George Saunders
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Lincoln i bardo (original: 2017; edição: 2018)

de George Saunders

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February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state, called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.… (mais)
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Título:Lincoln i bardo
Autores:George Saunders
Informação:Stockholm : Bonnier, tr. 2018
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Lincoln no Limbo de George Saunders (2017)

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This is a strange book about grief, love, holding on, and letting go. It is played out in an indeterminate state after death. The indeterminacy comes in part from the fact that the dead don’t seem to know that they are dead. It appears that it’s not just among the survivors that denial is the first stage of grief.
The book focuses on one episode in the life of Lincoln: the death of his favorite son, Willie. Contemporary accounts record the macabre detail that the mourning president visited the cemetery in the middle of the night after Willie’s funeral, entered the crypt, and took the embalmed body of his son from its coffin to hold it in his grief.
What if Willie, and the shades of others buried there, are aware of Lincoln doing this? What effect would it have on them? That is the author’s point of departure. Lincoln has trespassed into the world of the shades during the hours when the space of the cemetery is their world, not his. Saunders uses the term “Bardo” to describe this, the term in Tibetan Buddhism for the intermediate state of souls, in which they come to grips with their last go-round on earth, process it and prepare for their next life. This isn’t explicitly spelled out in the book, however. The idea that the spirits of the departed may linger a while before embarking on their journey is found in many cultural contexts.
If you’re like me, you’ve read many books on Lincoln. But in the overarching span of his life, or even of his presidency, the death of Willie seems a small incident, almost a footnote.
Part of the power of Saunders’ prose is that he realizes what Lincoln and his wife Mary must have gone through. He unpacks this traumatic experience as one that permanently altered their lives.
The narrative is not about Lincoln, however, as much as it is about the shades who lurk about Georgetown’s Oak Hill Cemetery. When I say narrative, however, don’t expect a tale told in a continuous stream by a single narrator. Saunders adopts the technique of piecing together snippets of historical documents of the time (some of them his invention) and the fragmentary recollection of the shades. This was hard to adjust to at first, but once I figured out what was happening, I could follow it, as many of them took on recognizable personalities.
The result is a meditation on the nature of life (sad) and salvation (although the book doesn’t use that term). Understandably, each shade feels compelled to recount his or her story (unfair it was, all of it), the way to salvation begins with taking notice of, even having compassion for, other sufferers.
Lincoln enters this cacophony (or rather, it enters him). He comes away with a deepened understanding of the tragic nature of life — admittedly, this merely intensifies the previous bent of his mind. Ironically, this deepened compassion leads to a strengthened resolve to do whatever necessary to pursue the conflict that his inauguration provoked to its bloody end. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Hmm...although I see this is recommended as an audiobook, I also see a lot of people had to DNF it and some that managed to finish it said it was a hard read. I'd better try to read a print edition. I have enough time trying to pay attention to easy-read audiobooks. LOL
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Fascinatingly structured novel. It is not so much about Lincoln as it is about the spirits of the dead who inhabit the cemetery where Lincoln's son is buried. The style reminds me of "Soon River Anthology." ( )
  larrybenfield | Jul 14, 2021 |
I started reading this book once and stopped because I had NO IDEA what I was reading. I was lost and frankly getting frustrated and angry. But my brother told me it was definitely worth my time and he was right. I had no real problems getting into the style and flow of the story this time. I don't know if I was just better prepared for it or if in my previous attempt I had been distracted in my early reading and so I found myself with no foundation. It is a book with a very odd design, there isn't really any flowing prose or paragraphs and there are interspersed factual chapters with excerpts from real non-fiction books to provide a feel for the time, place, and people. In the end this is a wonderful book about grief and mourning which also manages to be about how people relate to each other. It also has a lot to say about our country, focusing obviously on the 1860s but totally relevant for today and for any day. It really is an amazing achievement and one I did not see coming. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Wow! Incredible. I listened to the Audible book (first time ever) and would highly recommend it. The characters really came to life and I was in that Graveyard with President Lincoln and the ghosts. Try the Audible version. ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
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February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state, called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

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