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Kurt Vonnegut

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Books by Kurt Vonnegut


2BR02B (2000)

Somewhat dated, but an easy read. The problem I am having in rereading Vonnegut's earlier work, is that his critiques of what was once seen as a utopian future are spot on, but his idea that the future would be populated by a prosperous middle class, is suddenly become obsolete. In fact the middl...

2BR02B (2000) by Kurt Vonnegut

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young (2013)

A great collection of graduate speeches that are sharp, witty and full of sarcastic knowledge for the young. A good reminder for those of us who are a bit older to remember what is important in life. A message to stop and notice "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." To not focus on the l...

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young (2013) by Kurt Vonnegut

The Big Trip Up Yonder and Other Works (1954)

I only scanned other reviews of this short story, but it looks like many did what I did, which was read this close behind "2BR02B." This comes across like a prequel to that, at least in terms of setting (during the overpopulation that has been resolved by "2BR02B"). Otherwise the characters are d...

The Big Trip Up Yonder and Other Works (1954) by Kurt Vonnegut

The Big Trip Up Yonder (1954)

"The Big Trip Up Yonder" is yet another short genre exercise by Vonnegut that covers the same familiar turf of fun-with-an-edge-of-terror view of the near future as his other short stories, "2BR02B" and "Harrison Bergeron." This story, however, lacks the dark twist of "2BR02B" or dystopian vibe ...

The Big Trip Up Yonder (1954) by Kurt Vonnegut

2BRO2B (2010)

Somewhere between Utopian and Dystopian, Vonnegut imagines a future which is both good news and bad news. Its always a treat to read Vonnegut and the short story form is perfect for such a concise mind as his to showcase his wit and talent for fiction. He doesn't pose the question - astonishingly...

2BRO2B (2010) by Kurt Vonnegut

We Are What We Pretend To Be: The First and Last Works (2012)

I think this book makes a nice addition for any fan. Readers often don't get to see an author's early works, and just like the unfinished works, there's kind of a reason for that :-D The most valuable part of the book is the touching introduction by Vonnegut's daughter. The first part of the book...

We Are What We Pretend To Be: The First and Last Works (2012) by Kurt Vonnegut

While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction (2011)

some excellent short stories, quite reminiscent of Roald Dahl's. they're all extremely quick and easy reads, but in just a few pages he manages to cram all his usual humour, poignancy and hopeful cynicism. some plots are far-fetched, others anodyne; some characters are unremarkable, others lar...

While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction (2011) by Kurt Vonnegut

Baci da 100 dollari (2011)

An interesting collection of short stories from Kurt Vonnegut in his early days. At times the stories are a little moralistic and heavy-handed but this is likely the result of the fact that they were originally intended for publication in magazines, and who doesn't like a good moral there? Vonneg...

Baci da 100 dollari (2011) by Kurt Vonnegut

Mientras los mortales duermen (2011)

Great collection of short stories by Vonnegut. Imaginative, moral and fun. None of the stories are capturing. They are all rather forseeable and nothing special

Mientras los mortales duermen (2011) by Kurt Vonnegut

Welcome to the Monkey House (1998)

Vonnegut does a wonderful job with a short story and while most stories were "okay" to "yeah, I liked it I guess", it's definitely worth it for the few 4 to 5 star ratings."Where I Live" (Venture- Traveler’s World, October 1964) - 2/5 Kinda boring and no real plot. Just meandering"Harrison Berger...

Welcome to the Monkey House (1998) by Kurt Vonnegut

Hocus Pocus (1997)

Hocus Pocus is the story of Eugene Debs Hartke, a Vietnam veteran, who after leaving the Army became a teacher at a private school and then a prison. After a prison break, he is mistaken for one of the ring leaders and ends up awaiting trial, dying of TB, contemplating his life and trying to coun...

Hocus Pocus (1997) by Kurt Vonnegut

Mother Night (1999)

Future civilizations - better civilizations than this one - are going to judge all men by the extent to which they've been artists. You and I, if some future archeologist finds our works miraculously preserved in some city dump, will be judged by the quality of our creations. Nothing else about u...

Mother Night (1999) by Kurt Vonnegut

Galápagos (1999)

Rewritten after rereading in July 2012.This darkly humorous satire starts with a world financial crisis in 1986 (hopefully that’s where the similarity with current times ends), leading to WW3 – though it’s not really about either: it’s fundamentally about adaptation. A million years in the future...

Galápagos (1999) by Kurt Vonnegut

Slapstick or Lonesome No More! (1999)

At this point I've gotten fairly familiar with Kurt Vonnegut's tone and flavor. The sense of universalism and equality consistently sound as often as his humor and irony rings.This books reads as a perversion of all four themes. To me.Usually Vonnegut's works seem to read with some underlying se...

Slapstick or Lonesome No More! (1999) by Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano (1999)

It’s been almost thirty years since I read Player Piano, and all I had retained from that first read was the name of the main character, a faint recollection of the novel’s focus on a future world heavily reliant on automation, and a vague sense of not liking the book all that much despite Vonneg...

Player Piano (1999) by Kurt Vonnegut

Bluebeard (1998)

I read Vonnegut now. Vonnegut is cool.I have vague memories of reading Vonnegut before—I have some very old, very pulp editions of some of his other novels that I … er … “liberated” from my father. I swear I’ve read Breakfast of Champions before, and I’m pretty sure I read either Cat’s Cradle or ...

Bluebeard (1998) by Kurt Vonnegut

A Man Without a Country (2007)

میدونید چیه؟ الان اولین سوالی که میخوام تو این ریویو بپرسم اینه که اون کسی که اینو به من دادی!آیا هدف خاصی داشتید از دادنش؟ یعنی میخوام بگم چی باعث شد"اینو"بدین؟ چون چندوقت پیش، از یه نفر دیگه که یه کتاب داده بود بهم که جدی جدی جدی دوسش داشتم و احساس میکردم از اون نوع کتاباییه که واقعا خیلی "لیلی...

A Man Without a Country (2007) by Kurt Vonnegut

Rigadoon (1997)

Céline completed this final instalment in his trilogy a day before his death . . . so much for that happy retirement . . . this book (and apparently all of his novels) have a fragmented nouveau roman approach: breaking the text into unpunctuated sentences connected via ellipses . . . like this . ...

Rigadoon (1997) by Kurt Vonnegut

The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity (2002)

The Eden Express was written by Kurt Vonnegut's son Mark, and is a memoir of his struggles with schizophrenia, or his struggles with, what he once called, "apocalypse, shit storms, and eternal truths."The first 70 pages of this 214 page book were pretty slow, and barely interesting. They mainly ...

The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity (2002) by Kurt Vonnegut

Going All the Way (1997)

'Help me, God, God help me. I hate your ass, but help me if you can. Help me lie down beside the still waters.' (P. 236)This book is one of the most compulsive reads I've experienced. It's 'literary' in its themes and form, but it crackles along easy as pie. I'm a very slow reader normally, b...

Going All the Way (1997) by Kurt Vonnegut

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (2001)

I'm on the fence about a lot of Vonnegut's work. Because on the one hand, I read Slaughterhouse 5 as a literature illiterate in Junior year of High School (it wasn't until after High School that I became a real fan of reading). So there's a lot to love about Vonnegut on a purely nostalgic basis, ...

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (2001) by Kurt Vonnegut

A Saucer of Loneliness (Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Vol 7) (2002)

Some of the best sci-fi you'll ever find is golden age short stories. Sturgeon knows how to write; he coined the phrase "90% of everything is crud." If that's not enough, here's a paragraph from the first story in the collection:"It was beautiful. It was golden, with a dusty finish like that o...

A Saucer of Loneliness (Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Vol 7) (2002) by Kurt Vonnegut

Fates Worse Than Death (1992)

One of the main themes of Vonnegut’s career, and of these essays, is that families, and from them our own personal psyches, have been devolved by modern life. The best we can do with its “rootlessness, mobility, and impossibly tough-minded loneliness” (35) is synthetic families, such as AA, the m...

Fates Worse Than Death (1992) by Kurt Vonnegut

The Man With the Golden Arm (1999)

Down and Out in ChicagoIn the euphoria of post-World-War-II America, it was probably hard to think much about the difficulties of the American underclass. The socialist realism of the Thirties, with its clear depiction of the reality of the poor or immigrant classes, had been swept aside; now soc...

The Man With the Golden Arm (1999) by Kurt Vonnegut

Bagombo Snuff Box (2015)

Although this book was compiled in 1999, it contains the author’s early short stories, published in magazines in the 1950s and ’60s. It was not an easy or a fast book to read but it was powerful and it made an impression. I won’t re-read it; it didn’t give me much pleasure, which is why 4 stars i...

Bagombo Snuff Box (2015) by Kurt Vonnegut

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