Lincoln in the Bardo

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On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son's body. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel--in its form and voice--completely ...

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Nicolette B

Jan 31, 2019

blew my mind.

I imagine that this novel isn't for everyone, as the format and storytelling style is very unusual. In fact, everything about it is unusual. It's written as a series of quotes or speeches from people, and many of them seem to be authentic historical quotes from hundreds of years ago. It took me a little while to adjust to the very strange format, but soon I was letting each character have their moment without much concern for knowing who they are and what's going on. I was imagining a Greek chorus, with individual characters stepping forward to speak their minds one at a time. I stuck with it, and WOW. A story unfolded, with twists and turns and mythology. This novel is brilliant. It breaks all the rules of fiction. It contains multitudes. It's tragic and poignant and profound. It's incredibly creative. There is nothing like it at all. I recommend reading it with no knowledge of what it is about and letting it unfold. Incredible.

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