In the tradition of Mark Twain and Will Rogers, "A Man Without a Country" is Kurt Vonnegut's hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life ("If I die-God forbid-I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, 'Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?'"), art ("To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a ...
In the tradition of Mark Twain and Will Rogers, "A Man Without a Country" is Kurt Vonnegut's hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life ("If I die-God forbid-I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, 'Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?'"), art ("To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."), politics ("I asked former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton what he thought of our great victory over Iraq and he said, 'Mohammed Ali versus Mr. Rogers.'"), and the condition of the soul of America today ("What has happened to us?"). Gleaned from short essays and speeches composed over the last five years and plentifully illustrated with artwork by the author, "A Man Without a Country" gives us Vonnegut both speaking out with indignation and writing tenderly to his fellow Americans, sometimes joking, at other times hopeless, always searching. Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, 1922. His novels include "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse Five," Small books appearing from Seven Stories Press in recent years include "God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian" and, with Lee Stringer, "Like Shaking Hands with God," a book about writing. His most recent novel is "Timequake" (1997). He writes regularly for the Chicago political magazine "In These Times"; his editor there, Joel Bleifuss, helped to compile the present volume. In addition to his writing work, Vonnegut is a visual artist of note. His paintings and prints can be seen at www.vonnegut.com. He lives with his wife, the photographer Jill Kremnentz, in New York City.
KURT VONNEGUT HAS BEEN CALLED THE MARK TWAIN OF THE 20TH CENTURY. HIS INSIGHTS WERE FORGED IN DRESDEN DURING WWII. HE HWAS A P.O.W. BEING HELD IN AN UNDERGROUND SLAUGHTERHOUSE. IN DRESDEN HE SURVIVED THE FIRESTORM THAT DESTROYED THE CITY. THAT GAVE HIM A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK. HIS BOOKS ARE FUNNY AND ALL CARRY A MESSAGE. THIS IS ONE BOOK I WILL READ ONCE A YEAR TO KEEP MY COMPASS IN LINE.
Jun 28, 2007
Read and then, read it again.
This is prime Vonnegut. It will open your mind, heart and eyes to what is happening right now in our country. You can chose a side to be on, but, at least be open to this wonderful other way of looking!
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