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Fates Worse Than Death by Vonnegut, Kurt
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This hodge-podge of commencement speeches, magazine articles and, of all things, sermons, does have the virtue of the intros, extros and commentary written by Vonnegut especially for this volume in an attempt to hold together what they his publishers would have the reader believe is an "autobiographical collage" 2. Vonnegut hi The late, great Kurt Vonnegut points out, right at the outset, that no one had "clamored" for this "sequel" to the earlier-published and far superior "Palm Sunday".
Vonnegut himself didn't seem entirely convinced and, in the opinion of this Vonnegut fan, this book foreshadows what was to come after the author's death; the relentless publication, in one book after another, of anything and everything the man ever scribbled on to a piece of paper and left lying around. If you love Vonnegut, as I do, you will want to read this book even if it makes you a little sad.
His publishers knew that. Sep 12, Reianna rated it it was amazing. What is your idea of happiness? Imagining that something somewhere wants us to like it here. I don't know why or how, but I love every single thing he wrote. Every word, sentence, paragraph, story, book, idea, concept, opinion I have never so resonated with an author before I first read Slaughterhouse-Five.
I have never so fallen in love with the way someone writes; not "Q: I have never so fallen in love with the way someone writes; not just what he writes about, but how he actually writes it. My copies of his books are riddled with highlights and notes and pretty much every page is tabbed. I can't help it. There's something about him that gets me. Or something about me that gets him. I don't really know. I also don't know how to review this book.
It's an assortment of speeches and essays that he's written over the years, along with insights to his family and relationships with various people in his life. I wouldn't read this if you aren't a big fan of his; I don't think this book could be truly enjoyed if you don't genuinely like Vonnegut and his style. However, if you are a fan, please read this. You won't regret it. Dec 20, Jared Mackinnon rated it really liked it. This would make a terrible introduction for readers new to Vonnegut.
I'm a huge fan, I enjoyed this disjointed collage of musings. It would be fair to assume Vonnegut has a cynical tone throughout this book but the more I've come to understand him, I read it as a total lack of confidence in his perspective, which I appreciate and find refreshing. I finished this book several weeks ago and have had to dig back in to find a passage here and there that was spinning around in my head. Mar 29, Drew rated it liked it. Overall, this wasn't as strong as his other "autobiographical collages," a la Palm Sunday.
I bought this book with slight hesitation based on the reviews. This book is remarkably candid about highly personal issues: May 14, Raimo Wirkkala rated it liked it.
Product details Paperback Publisher: Classic Vonnegut, though clearly towards the later years of his career. However, this does contain one of my all-time favorite Vonnegut passages about a child learning how to play with the universe.
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This book is almost 30 years old yet it still speaks the truth through humor. Anytime I read Vonnegut, I wonder what he would have to say about the current state of his the world. Like Twain, he lives on through his moralized writings. Jan 26, Michael Heath-Caldwell rated it it was ok Shelves: Rather dated cynicism from Kurt Vonnegut - a good writer but dousing everything with negativity. Jul 26, Willard Brickey rated it really liked it.
A bitter, often clumsy, subpar Vonnegut book oddly salvaged in the final act by a glorious appendix. Mar 24, Brendan rated it it was amazing. Vonnegut's autobiographical collage is as entertaining, if not more, than his fiction. Jun 21, Leslie D.guai.im
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Soule rated it really liked it Shelves: As with Vonnegut's novels, this one jumps around from subject to subject. But, it is highly entertaining, nonetheless. Dec 06, Glenn Dickson rated it liked it. Aug 20, Tom Sadira rated it really liked it. Easy and engaging, it was a pleasure to read.
Highly recommended to the karass of hardcore Vonnegut fans. Mar 14, Vaas rated it it was amazing. Nov 10, Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it.
Alas this also means that I probably tend to overrate Vonnegut's books even when they are not that outstanding. Fates Worse than Death is not a very good book at all - unfocused, repetitive, tedious in places - yet I still like it a lot. How can one not like reading things that one agrees with? The subtitle, An Autobiographical Collage , aptly characterizes this collection of speeches, short pieces of writing, and ruminations on various topics, which makes Fates quite similar to Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons , although Fates is a significantly less cohesive work.
He shares about his own struggles with depression, his disdain for stupidity and meanness, and what he seems to have seen as his failed attempts to advocate for an atheistic Sermon on the Mount. One reviewer wrote for hard core Vonnegut fans only. I'm not hard core, but I really really enjoyed Cat's Cradle.
If you liked Cat's Cradle you'll probably like this books. Some of the topic material is from the s which may seem like ancient history for young people. If you remember the 80s reading this book will remind you how much the world has changed. Imagine no internet, no cellphones, it's easy if you try. It's not a fate worse than death.
This book is remarkably candid about highly personal issues: I was already a big fan of Vonnegut fiction. I was similarly satisfied reading Vonnegut's commentary. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut will love this book. Non-fans may be puzzled by his humor. I am a fan, so adore all of his books including this one. He is as relevant today as40 years ago. He is a real character of his time.
I would recommend this book as an anthology of era. Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors and has been since the s; I think I've read most of his books. See all 48 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.