• Title: The Semplica-Girl Diaries (short story)
  • Author: George Saunders Martin Ansin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 243
  • Format: ebook
  • The Semplica Girl Diaries short story Novelette Free online fiction From newyorker The Semplica Girl Diaries deals with a family in a not too distant future or perhaps an alternate present or past that is struggling to keep up with the J
    Novelette, Free online fiction.From newyorker The Semplica Girl Diaries deals with a family in a not too distant future or perhaps an alternate present or past that is struggling to keep up with the Joneses which, in this society, means leasing some unusual garden ornaments.

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    1. Shit, this is haunting. There's far more in this free New Yorker novelette than in some New York Times bestsellers. The poor circumstances of hired immigrants, the little ways in which children try to get their parents's attention, the frivolous way in which the rich consume, and how the everyman abhor yet aspire to be like the rich. These were all touched upon, and yet Saunders never made it too on the nose. It's fiction that directs your attention to a social matter and asks you, 'Would you ha [...]

    2. This had a sort of subtle dystopian twinge to it, and I really liked how there was a contrast between childlike innocence and an adult already tainted by materialistic culture.

    3. Whoa. This short-story packs a punch. A very in-your-face turn that makes you shiver a bit with disgust and anger. I have often wondered why the future is usually such a bleak place in fiction, but I think it is because we can see elements in our society that make us feel such developments are possible. The need for status, the emphasis on worldly goods, what we own, do we own as much or more than the guy next doorese are poisons. What is the next thing that our children will have to have in ord [...]

    4. I don't usually visit the New Yorker for my sci-fi reading, but this story was well worth the trip.In a very near future (or some other alternate version of our world), there is a new technology for ostentatious lawn ornaments that put gnomes and flamingos to shame. More social commentary than sci-fi, for those who don't mind laughing and crying at the same time.

    5. On first glance after finishing this story, I thought that it had not been well explained. I then begin to stretch to figure out the significance of the SGs. I think they are refugees who have been brought to the alternate style society on a contractual basis and are being used in this most menial way until they have fulfilled their contracts. They are being used in this mindless way - not as slaves - but even in some ways more mindless than slaves had been used. I think it is a very political s [...]

    6. A terrific Saunders story, with his trademark tone of hilarious/depressing.Set in the near future, a father decides to keep a diary of his efforts to raise his family. In his desire to match his neighbors, all of whom are wealthier than he is, he spends too much money on a fancy yard. The description of this scene alone was worth the whole story.The family employs women from poor countries who are, by way of surgery, made into a sort of robot (while retaining their humanity). This cruel practice [...]

    7. This is a short story by acclaimed short story writer George Saunders, about a man in the near future (or an alternative present), facing the pressures of an ordinary suburban American life - credit cards maxed out, trying to keep his family happy etc. It's his daughter's birthday coming up, but after going to a rich friend's birthday party, she's suddenly miserable and ashamed of their (middle class) poverty, their small house and yard, and doesn't want a party. A sudden flash of good fortune h [...]

    8. I agree with other reviewers. This is a short horrifying little story that I had to reread before realizing what the Semplica Girls were. The description of putting them up was just so casual I missed in the first read.

    9. Possibly one of the greatest short stories ever written.The way this is written - like a diary - and the way the SG's are treated like 'just one of those things' is remarkable. Would we ever get to a stage where we would behave like that? You bet! If society says it's normal, then our behavior alters accordingly. This is a scarier short story than a million ghosts, a thousand Kings. It's scary because it's so real, and it's written so passe. I loved every second. Bless Eva. Hopefully, if our own [...]

    10. Just want to point out that this is not that far fetched. We do these things to animals already. We cage birds because they're pretty and they sing for us. We keep fish in small aquariums as decorations. People adopt cats and dogs just sot that they can post pictures on their social media accounts and then completely ignore them, and forget to tend to them. Some people even do this to their children. This story is very close to home. It left a bitterness.

    11. Short story, about the ultimate in yard decorations and "keeping up with the Jones" with Semplica-Girl yard decorations. Available free online from the New Yorker, where it appeared as a short story.Combines parental worries, social inequity, rich versus lower middle class versus poor. Set in the near(?) future, but very relevant. Shocking denouement, but handled subtly and with great finesse.

    12. I didn't find the concept of the SGs explained very well, however it seems as this short story explores an alternate reality where a family is struggling to compete with the families around them and ensure their children fit in. The trend is SGs as decorations at parties and events. I'm still letting this one sink in.

    13. Such a beautiful, yet tragic story. Hint to really enjoying this book - Once done, re-read the first few paragraphs of 'September 21st! Lily B-Day(!)' again. Helps figure out the 'hoisting' scene as well as an idea as to how Eva did the-thing-that-she-did. Loved this tale very much.

    14. This story was required reading for my grad fiction workshop, and I can totally understand why. it's told in a brilliant and interesting style, contains simply alive characters, and hits you right in the gut with something you only noticed in the corner of your eye. This is artistry.

    15. I read this in the New Yorker's archives, so I definitely wouldn't call it a book, but it's a wonderful short story and it's still getting turned over in my mind a couple of days later.

    16. Wow. Looking at “Lincoln In Bardo,” I came across reviews for this free little gem with the captivating art. It’s brilliant. First of all, at lower middle class and 44 years old it is SO easy to relate to the protagonist, and I love the choppy “note to self” journal-writing style. And the futuristic lawn “ornaments” yikes. Very well done. I want to read all his stuff now.

    17. The voice of our main character is very personal, works really well for a first person POV. It almost feels as if you are inside their head and not as being told through a diary, that's how personal it felt. The writing of the diary is non-conventional It took me a little while to get used to it. The narrator doesn't go out of his way when it comes to expressing himself and the type of wording he uses and I had issues with that at the begining but I was used to it by the end. His thoughts are ve [...]

    18. Well this was absolutely brilliant!At first, I was not really sure what was happening and didn't understand the way George Saunders' protagonist was writing that way. Frankly, I did not like it so much in the beginning, but by the end of the story found it to be pleasingly ingenious.The story is a very unique and interesting one. George Saunders' plot is very relatable and this small work for his was enough to show how well informed he is with the human thought process and psychology and enough [...]

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