This is vintage Vonnegut - hilariously funny and razor-sharp as he fixes his gaze on art, politics, himself and the condition of the soul of America today. Written over the last five years in the form of a loose memoir, "A Man without a Country" is an intimate and tender communication to us all, sometimes despairing, always searching and ...Read MoreThis is vintage Vonnegut - hilariously funny and razor-sharp as he fixes his gaze on art, politics, himself and the condition of the soul of America today. Written over the last five years in the form of a loose memoir, "A Man without a Country" is an intimate and tender communication to us all, sometimes despairing, always searching and ultimately wise and compassionate.Read Less
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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!
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-25 In his first book since 1999, it's just like old times as Vonnegut (now 82) makes with the deeply black humor in this collection of articles written over the last five years, many from the alternative magazine In These Times. But the pessimistic wisecracks may be wearing thin; the conversational tone of the pieces is like Garrison Keillor with a savage undercurrent. Still, the schtick works fine most of the time, underscored by hand-lettered aphorisms between chapters. Some essays suffer from authorial self-indulgence, however, like taking a dull story about mailing a manuscript and stretching it to interminable lengths. Vonnegut reserves special bile for the "psychopathic personalities" (i.e., "smart, personable people who have no consciences") in the Bush administration, which he accuses of invading Iraq so America can score more of the oil to which we have become addicted. People, he says, are just "chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power." Of course, that's exactly the sort of misanthropy hardcore Vonnegut fans will lap upAthe online versions of these pieces are already described as the most popular Web pages in the history of In These Times. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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