Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, He was the New York Times bestselling . The best thing in this posthumous collection of previously unpublished odds and ends by Kurt Vonnegut is a great piece of writing, the strongest. First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new writings – a fitting tribute to the author, and.

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Stay in Touch Sign up. I think I knew my Dad well. One person found this helpful. Read more Read less. It was always important. The onl This collection of unpublished Vonnegut short stories demonstrates why they were never published when he was alive: My wife says he and I have the same wry, quirky, backwards way of looking at things. I love his humanist nature and the way that I’ve come to be influenced by the way he fully expresses his thoughts.

A Collection of Short Works. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Which brings be back to “Armageddon in Retrospect. They both grew up in Indianapolis. A legacy is a terrible thing to ruin.

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This book is a must for Vonnegut nerds. But the book kicks off with a commencement speech he was to deliver, but died before he did. That’s not to say Vonnegut doesn’t bring the funny.


But, in the not-so-surprising Vonnegut twist, the American commandant turns out to be just as unsympathetic and unstintingly oppressive. The book opens with an piece by Vonnegut’s son, and it’s interesting to hear from someone so close to a literary giant talk about his father’s processes, troubles, and idiosynchracies as a writer, husband, and father.

It is told from the point of view of a Czech cabinetmaker whose village has just passed from Russian hands to American ones. This collection of short stories on the topic of war was written throughout his career and released after his death. That’s what Vonnegut would have us believe. We could wish for a better title, especially since Vonnegut was always a master of the catchy one Breakfast of Champions, Player Piano.

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The book’s 12 pieces are interspersed with enigmatic drawings and epigraphs by Vonnegut himself, and include his first letter home after the second world war, a surprisingly deadpan narrative of miseries. It is a satirical story that was funny there’s still dark humor in there and pointed.

The introduction by his son came across as filler rather than a real contribution. I read them as semi-autobiographical I have no idea if that was his intention. There were quite a few years when it was not at all certain that your father would become a successful writer. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Back in the mid’s, he was employed for Sports Illustrated, briefly.

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It let me see how the humour and his sardonic spin on things is not just something that saturates his fiction. The stories were organized so that the lighter stories alternated with the heavier ones. Navy force a month after the atom bombing. Harley King, Vonnegut fans.

I would recommend this book. Did the author want them to be published? Stuff I loved about this book: The day after the destruction of Dresden, largely by US bombers, the American prisoners are taken to the edge of town and bedded down in the stables of an inn, kept by a blind inn-keeper. Though it’s hard to argue with Brod’s reasoning or ln him for his actions, it still makes one wonder. I suppose it’s possible to love these characters for their bravado and cutting lines without getting it.

Of the collected tales within, the time traveling tale Great Day, and the self titled devil hunting Armageddon are probably my least favorite, with Spoils, Guns Before Butter and Happy Birthday topping my list. Great masses of essays and remarks and letters and stories organized only in chronological order.

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