Bye, Mr. Vonnegut
Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:53 pm
Time to reread Sirens of Titan. Pretty much the first book I ever loved.
negative people... negative bands...
..."just ran into him at lunch"!?!?roymond wrote:Well, to Caravan's earlier question about whether he is still with us, I just ran into him at lunch! His house is down the street from my office so I figured it was only a matter of time. He did look a bit fragile, so I just said "Hi" instead of kissing his feet and telling him I named my two cats Kilgore and Venus.Heather. Redmon. wrote:Of the four Vonnegut books I've read, Slaughterhouse Five, Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions and his most recent Timequake, I have enjoyed them all but I do think Breakfast of Champions is my favorite. I own a copy of Venus on the Half Shell by Kilgore Trout. I found it at a used bookstore in either Berkeley or Santa Monica. I think it's a really cool thing to have.tonetripper wrote: Kurt Vonnegut rules.
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At least his were real.Sven wrote:She had way nicer tits though.
Do you really want Kurt Vonnegut eulogized by Larry fucking King?fodroy wrote:Is anyone else pissed off that anna nicloe smith got a milltion hours of coverage but vonnegut got practially nothing after death?
You can always tell when someone has read Vonnegut recently. They write short, clear sentences. Now that's a force for good.Puce wrote:After hearing of his death, I realized I'd somehow never read Slaughterhouse Five. So last night I bought it, read it, and gave it away. It was good.
Or Hemingway. And then they die. In the sun. Like dogs.Mostess wrote:You can always tell when someone has read Vonnegut recently. They write short, clear sentences.Puce wrote:After hearing of his death, I realized I'd somehow never read Slaughterhouse Five. So last night I bought it, read it, and gave it away. It was good.
I would agree that all of his books are very similar and re-used the same themes. Though he did spin good yarns, it isn't the stories that stuck in my head - it is the voice of the irascible old man pulling apart modern society with surgical skill. And it was that same voice - from Player Piano right through to Timequake (and especially in S5, BoC and Hocus Pocus) - that I loved about Kurt Vonnegut.Smalltown Mike wrote:I read an obituary that (lightly) suggested a lot of his books re-used some of the same themes. But thinking back about his books, a lot of them were so different. Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse 5, Galapagus, Deadeye Dick were all very different books, for example. Great stories. Hocus Pocus.
His last bit of fiction, Timescape, was sad in that he acknowledged throughout the book that he'd pretty much lost his ability to write. He was too old, he said, why should he still be expected to write like he did when he was younger?
So it goes.
okay, it's not BoC, it's Deadeye Dick, and I started it last night.HeuristicsInc wrote:oh man, how unfortunate. i really have enjoyed the couple of books of his i've read. i think i have 'breakfast of champions' on my to-read shelves... i should get that out next.