[Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target Nothing is spared.” —People Jailbird takes us into a fractured and. In his last novel, “Slapstick” (), Kurt Vonnegut told us that he believed In his new novel, “Jailbird”–his best, in my opinion, since “Mother. Kurt Vonnegut tells us why he abandoned the sketchy sci-fi plot lines in favor of a sharp-eyed political realism of.

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Jailbird definitely mounts up on angelic wings—in its speed, in its sparkle, and in its high-flying intent. His perch seems to be closer to a cranky uncle on a beat up couch, with cigarette burns in his pants, gravy on his shirt, and a wink in his eye.

I have come to the conclusion that this book, perhaps more than most of Vonnegut’s other novels works on a myriad of themes: And the ones who, even if what they say hits you with a jolt – and Vonnegut’s lines often do that – they nonetheless fit in. I catalogued political statements in the words of popular songs. I was absolutely struck with the scene where Starbuck and Clewes reunited: In Jailbird, as in all of his finest fiction, Vonnegut is charming and witty.

The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-FiveCat’s Cradleand Breakfast of Champions He didn’t forgive him in the way that we often see and practice today: He doesn’t write his books from some ivory tower. The novel begins with a lengthy prologue written in the character of the author and ostensibly a summary of the novel’s historical origins.


Jailbird is not like that, but it kind of is. Pakistanis and pygmies from the Philippines and even communists had to go through the very same thing. Be the first to discover new talent!

There are the same corny jokes you’ve come to expect and despite their corniness you can’t help but laugh and be pleased with them. These encounters are described with references to The RAMJAC Kuet, an omnipresent and highly profitable business conglomerate; in other words, an embodiment of capitalism.

They’re all amazing, which is why I’m reading every last one.

Soon after their reunion, however, the mad Mary Kathleen is hit by a taxi and dies. Cover of first edition hardcover. Vonnegut and I would only end up telling you the whole story. I could never choose a favorite Vonnegut book, but when he died recently it was Jailbird I picked up to reread and feel his humanism and his compassion for all of fonnegut mankind. This article about a s novel is a stub. Retrieved September 1, He drops some hints here and there about the ending foreshadowing would you call it?

On jailvird window sill is a plate filled with smoked-out stubs. The narrator, Walter F.

Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

A series of coincidences, however, brings the will and Starbuck’s involvement in its concealment to light. It assumed that God had no idea what sorts of rubbish His auditors were talking. There had always been senseless questions to answer, vonnegu promises to make, meaningless documents to sign. His far-reaching metaphysical and cultural concerns. It was essentially everything Anna Karenina was not in a good way. The characters in this text are jailbitd the most part very decent people.


And I’m sure I enjoyed the book much more now than my year-old self did, being older and wiser and more compassionate now that I’m almost 50, as well as a dues-paying member of a union. This book does have some of my favorite dying words ever though: I about fell off my chair. He was Leland Clewes! Starbuck, a man recently released from a minimum-security prison in Georgia after serving time for his small role in the Watergate Scandal.

Through Starbuck, Jailbird discusses the history of the American labor movementalongside corporate America, McCarthyismthe Nixon administrationWatergate.

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These are, of course, relative terms for a writer as inventive and socially conscious as Kurt Vonnegut. To see what your friends thought jailburd this book, please sign up. Jailbird is a novel by Kurt Vonnegutoriginally published in More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Jailbird.