As soon as it hit bookstore shelves Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders went to No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list. It has been one of the most eagerly anticipated works and it has been considered a masterpiece.
But why I can’t see it?
It is not that I didn’t like it. I really enjoyed it. But it didn’t blow me away. Lincoln in the Bardo is a different book, an interesting experiment. It is a very quick read, in dialogue form. It is a serious book. It is clever and funny, a bit sentimental, perhaps.
Is it a book that changes the literature as we know it? Well, I wouldn’t go so far. It is readable. It is brilliantly done. It has great rhythm, but to me it lacks structure. I am not even sure this is a novel.
An audacious, daring book. I enjoyed it but it didn’t move me.