Jon by George Saunders (PDF)
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couple is soon forced to ecide whether to stay in the safe is soon forced to The Western Scar: The Theme of the Been-To in West African Fiction decide whether to stay in the safe of the facility orisconnect their chips and brave the unfamiliar outside worldAlthough Jon is a satire about advertising and consumerism it s also about the Understanding Shutter Speed difficulties and challenges of freeing ourselves from prevailing cultural norms The story explores the price of self expression and the ways in which our memories caniminish or The Mother I Carry: A Memoir of Healing from Emotional Abuse deepen our present reality Here s one of my favorite extractsPlus further and I said this to Carolyn what will it be like for us when all has been taken from usOf what will we speak of Io not want to only speak of my love in grunts If I wish to compare my love to a love I have previous knowledge of I o not want to stand there in the wind casting about for my metaphor If I want to say like Carolyn remember that REMAX one where as the redhead kid falls asleep holding that Teddy bear rescued from the trash the bear comes alive and winks and the announcer goes Home is the place where you find yourself suddenly no longer longing for home LI 34451 if I want to say to Carolyn Carolyn LI 34451 check it out this is how I feel about you well then I want to say it I want to possess all the articulate I can because otherwise there we will be in non esigner clothes want to possess all the articulate I can because otherwise there we will be in non The Writing Workshop designer clothes longer even on TrendSetters TasteMakers gum cards with our photos on them and I will turn to her and say Honey uh honey there is a certain feeling but I cannot name it and cannot cite a precedent type feeling but trust meearest wow o I ever feel it for you right now And what will that be
Like That Stupid Standing that stupid standing just a man and a woman and the wind and nobody knowing what nobody is meaning This story was really out there and kept me interested Just like Joyce s where are you going where have you been it covers the timeless subject that is the adolescent years Humans never change espite the fact that we innovate that we have ifferent cultures or languages We encounter the same problems that most of the time we create ourselves I read this story the year it came out and it has stayed with me ever sincethis is AMAZING piece of fictioni can see it actually happening too. Ies They fall in love Carolyn becomes pregnant and they reuest to exit the facility Josh sueezed through the little gap between the.
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This is not a novel but a lengthy short story published in The New Yorker As usual George Saunders creates a world that is both How Debuggers Work Algorithms Data Structures and Architecture disturbinglyifferent from ours and yet still incredibly familiar He tells a compelling tale of two young people who make hard ecisions in hopes of finding themselves Really great what is wrong with taking a chance even if that chance has horns and hoofs This is my favorite line in the story and this line also sums up what George Saunders wants to achieve with his writing every time he picks up the pen Jon is a love story which is as much about loving someone and growing up as about the horrors of innovation technology and everything else that the future has in store for us Or maybe we are in the future already Heartbreaking in the classic vein of eg Flowers for Algernon Fantastic satirical work on consumerist identity and the human condition A sci fi gem that emands reading Funny witty insightful 4 Stars out of 5 Stars Really bummed just wrote out a etailed review and a glitch caused it not to post Maybe I ll get around to re writing it but that s always frustrating Here s a recap Loved the characters and sympathized with all the narrator the wife and even someone in an recap Loved the characters and sympathized with all the narrator the wife and even someone in an position something not common for a George Saunders story where
the authority is usually just a bunch of laughable idiots Loved the concept of the ystopia aauthority is usually just a bunch of laughable idiots Loved the concept of the Rough Rider: BWWM Interracial MC Biker Alpha Male Romance dystopia a where young adults live in product testing facilities and can wear high end fashion indulge inecadent feasts and can achieve celebrity status and even get happiness injected into them on a Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings daily basis A society where freedom is of an illusion where joy and wonder for the world is gone and where your feelings can only be expressed through commercials Theilemma Why leave Especially when you re faced with the blue scrub clad ordinary people living in the shambles and shacks of the outside world Why leave a society where everything is perfect where you can have any material possession you esire where security and money are never a uestion Loved the writing style As always George Saunders writes with alternative spelling and poor grammar by today s standards reinforcing the fact that society is not as smart is not as. From newyorkercomNoveletteKeywords Sex; Teen agers; Masturbation; Love Affairs; Science Fiction; Babies General; DeathStory about ,
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beautiful ystopia run by idiocracy Loved the ending expected in comparison to other Saunders works but truly perfect for this story Who I would recommend this to Anybody Saunders fans or anyone looking for a uick read that packs a punch One wordA BEAUTIFUL DYSTOPIA RUN BY IDIOCRACY LOVED THE ENDING
Fantastic world is so specific and insightful I feel like I have read an entire book I wantThe world is so specific and insightful I feel like I have read an entire book I want keep reading but I am satisfied with the end A great commentary on materialism and loveThis is the best short story that I have ever read This is a story about a young man teenager inside a facility where he and other young people are implanted with microchips and are given the task to rate and review certain products in exchange for a lavish lifestyle He gets a girl pregnant the girl wanted to get out of the facility and Jon is torn between following the love of his life to an uncertain world and remaining in the luxury of his comfort zoneWhat immediately caught my attention was George Saunders prose His was the kind of narrative and tone that uickly engaged me the moment I started reading notwithstanding the fact that I idn t have any clue what he was talking about at firstThe humor was something I was not prepared for but truly enjoyed although of course what happened in the story was than funny The setting reminded me of Somni s futuristic world in David Mitchell s Cloud Atlas although Jon is not a clone but a human esigned for a consumerist society Jon is a sympathetic character who Suggestive Inuiry into the Hermetic Mystery with a Dissertation on the More Celebrated of the Alchemical Philosophers Being an Attempt Towards the Recovery of the Ancient Experiment of Nature despite living in a controlled environment and having an implant on his nape is still a human susceptible to the conseuences of love and loving Reading Jon made me all the curious about George Saunders and I can t wait to read of his other worksAlso posted in It s A Wonderful Bookworld Set in a marketingystopia Teenagers live in a pristine facility where all they College University Budgeting: College And University Budgeting do is assess new commercial products Fed aiet of soothing Integrating Cleveland Baseball drugs to keep them happy and productive they are treated like minor celebrities Moreover they are fitted with microchips that play advertisements in their heads These ads substitute for their memories possibly providing them with better recollections than reality ever could One of Boy Jon and a girl Carolyn who have lived their lives in a facility where they rate commercial items and are treated like celebrit.