This is one of my friend Fred's favorite books. Like, since college. He always reads books I send him, and amazingly, I'd never read Pastoralia. He gave me one of his 4 copies, and I read it rather quickly. The only reason I didn't give it 4 stars (because I do think it's wonderfully written) is this: it's so bleak!! Each short story leaves me feeling so down on humanity. We're all so small and not-as-good as we thought we'd be when we were younger. I'm depressed.