April 26, 2006
I’ve been seeing George Saunders mentioned a lot recently. I've never read him. I went out and got what they had at the library. I couldn’t finish it. Just not my sense of humor.
If a writer’s compared to Thomas Pynchon I’m pretty much guaranteed not to like it. I couldn’t get through Vineland either. I just don’t think a name like Zoyd Wheeler is funny, and I’m supposed to.
Here’s a line: "Carol was in love with Cal, an Inner Hornerite who resembled a gigantic belt buckle with a blue dot affixed to it, if a gigantic belt buckle with a blue dot affixed to it had been stapled to a tuna fish can."
On the back it says the book’s a mixture of Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut. To some people out there, that’s the perfect combination. Not me.
I’m not done yet. I want to find his stories.
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