the business-speak of the amusement park's management exactly right, and the story, which is hUariously scathing, also questions how much workers should sacrifice for theirjobs. Saunders' characters are both tragic situations, working at terrible jobs, nursing grievances and plotting revenge. "The End of FIRPO in the World" detaüs the last bike ride of the Unhappiness." The speech of the selfhelp guru in "Winky" is funny because it's so ridiculously sincere; and it's funny because people are nodding eagerly at the guru's words, as ti these words will save their lives. and funny. They're caught in terrible There's humor in witnessing someone's delusion, and many characters in Pastoralia are deluded. Listening to their voices justify, excuse and explain, we are amused by their blindness. But these stories do more than overweight misfit Cody. He circles injustices wrought by the fortunate mother and her boyfriend. PropeUed by his plan of revenge--he's going to Dalmeyers, his squatty body, his the neighborhood, seething from the Ultimately we come to understand the tragedies, missed opportunities, accidents and frustrations that lie beneath the surfaces of the charac- urge us to laugh ata bunch of misfits. insert a wooden lozenge into the Dalmeyers' garden hose
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 2000
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