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Lincoln in the Bardo - A Novel

George Saunders

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented 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. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. 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. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders' family, friends, and members

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented 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. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. 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. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders' family, friends, and members
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The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented 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. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. 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. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders' family, friends, and members

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Various

Length:

7h 27m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

00:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

00:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

00:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

00:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

00:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:47


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:28


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:15


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

00:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

01:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:47


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:07


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:45


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:34


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:23


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

00:38


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:27


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:11


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

00:49


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:42


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:07


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

00:34


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

00:26


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

01:30


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:53


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:07


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:27


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

00:57


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

01:18


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:25


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:42


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

00:24


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:51


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:28


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:15


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

00:37


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:59


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:04


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:22


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:03


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

01:37


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:21


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:19


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:03


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:14


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:53


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

01:21


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:15


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:02


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

01:47


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:28


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

09:20