Category Archives: Vonnegut Marathon

When Does It End?

It occurred to me today that we are getting near the end of the Vonnegut Marathon. But on what day does it actually end? Hmm. I never specified the ending date. Let’s go with April 11th, the one-year anniversary of … Continue reading

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Another “A” for Vonnegut

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut Grade: A I thought I’d read all of Vonnegut’s best, so it was a wonderful surprise to find so much to like in Bluebeard. I wish I still had the book handy so I could refresh … Continue reading

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Blue-Footed Reading

I will miss Galápagos. It was a nice-looking book. It had a blue cover featuring a pair of blue-footed boobies. Inside, there was a page with a picture of an iguana. A previous reader had colored it in prettily using … Continue reading

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Next at Bat

I picked up a couple of books from the library today. One is the next book in the Vonnegut Marathon, Galapagos. I struggled with the temptation to buy this book because it was cheap and readily available. However, one should … Continue reading

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Q&A With Vonnegut

Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut Grade: B Of Deadeye Dick I have not much to say. The final scene took place in a cemetery and one of the characters raised a ghost. For me, the real ghost was Kurt Vonnegut, … Continue reading

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A Year of Reading

A love of reading doesn’t necessarily translate into a talent for picking literature apart and I sometimes wonder how I survived three years as an English major. I was reasonably good at it (they gave me a degree, anyway), but … Continue reading

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Miracle Drug

This is one of my favorite passages from Vonnegut’s Jailbird. So I did sit down, and everywhere I looked I saw customers of every description being received with love. To the waitresses everybody was “honeybunch” and “darling” and “dear.” It … Continue reading

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Nine Down

I finished reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Jailbird last night. Grade: A Jailbird is a tough read. It has a slow beginning and it requires some knowledge of American history, particularly the case of Sacco and Vanzetti. Everyone in Vonnegut’s generation would … Continue reading

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Not a Knee-Slapper

Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut Grade: B Though Vonnegut never once mentioned the word granfalloon, this story is about the greatest group of granfalloons ever invented. The president of the United States thinks that artificial families will make everyone “lonesome no … Continue reading

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They Were Doomed

Here’s a favorite excerpt from Breakfast of Champions to keep you warmed up for the marathon. “Earthlings went on being friendly, when they should have been thinking instead. And even when they built computers to do some thinking for them, … Continue reading

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