Tuesday, April 25, 2017

V - Kurt Vonnegut

In my early twenties, I read five or six of Vonnegut. I remember reading one of his short stories to a class of mine. The kids said the guy in the story was crazy. The character was a millionaire who pretended and lived the life of a poor piano player by choice.

Even though high school kids love sarcasm. Satire is another matter.

Kurt-Vonnegut-US-Army-portraitI have to confess, I don't remember what any of the books were about. I just remember they were a wild ride. Now I read so  I can learn to write. I've become an even bigger book snob and critic. But my taste for a little joyful fun in a book is keener than all that deep thought from my youth. I doubt I revisit Vonnegut. But you might enjoy the ride.

Slaughterhouse Five made Vonnegut financially secure. We should all be so lucky. The book was based on his experiences in World War II. He survived the bombing of Dresden by hiding in a metal locker of a slaughterhouse as prisoner of war.


  1. I gave in this year to read Slaughterhouse Five. Now i want to read more of Vonnegut. Cat's Cradle is a possibility.

    1. In doing A to Z, I have created an incredible TBR list. Plus I have bought a few books of other bloggers. But I want to re-read at least one of Vonnegut's books. I don't know if I will love them the way I did or if they are standing up to the test of time.

  2. I read a lot of Vonnegut in my youth. And read a memoir by one of his son's more recently. The whole family sounded damaged. Which I suspect is true of many veteran's families.

  3. Hi Ann - I know I haven't read any of his works ... so thank you for bringing him to our (my) attention ... survival through the War was such a fraught and horrific time ... and as EC notes - War damages so many in other ways ... I must remember to check him out further at some stage ... all the best - Hlary


  4. I sure wouldn't mind being financially secure. Being rich and acting poor at least keeps one rich.

  5. I remember we read some of his stuff in creative writing class back in high school, but I can't recall which pieces.
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

  6. I read them all. I went to a lecture he did at the writers workshop he had been part of in college.


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