Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most popular novelists in America, and his popularity seems to be increasing. His latest, “Slapstick, or Lonesome. While a young PR man at General Electric, KURT VONNEGUT () sold his first short story to one of the many literary publications that were thriving. Slapstick [Kurt Vonnegut] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Flying to a favorite uncle’s funeral in Indianapolis, middle-aged Kurt Vonnegut.

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He drops many of the contraints and conventions in story telling, but picks up other ways to carry the story. View the Study Pack.

May 11, Imogen rated it really liked it. Ultimately she was worried about be lonely and vonnwgut. I imagine Vonnegut throwing a bunch of scraps in a hat and then challenging himself to string the items together into some sort of book which will then fly off the shelves because he’s VONNEGUT, for chrissakes.

What better way than a book about loneliness, incest perhaps not, or technically yes, but also notdisease, the destruction of America, and the Church of Jesus Christ the Kidnapped. A long way from his best but still rather magical.

Why don’t you take a flying fuck at the mooooooooooooon?

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And he regularly gets an erection. The author, Kurt Vonnegutsees it as the closest he would ever come to writing an autobiography. Wilbur graduates from Harvard Medical School and becomes a pediatrician, using a book he and his sister wrote on parenting as a ‘genius’ as his main guide for patient care.

We’re all prone to make mistakes just as often slapstickk we succeeed. Wilbur is the writer and reader of the two, Eliza is the one who can figure out what is actually going on.


The usual science-fiction elements are still in place. Kutr it makes sense, the whole idea behind the book’s subtitle, “Lonesome No More. Nonetheless, to whatever extent this is true of Vonnegut is a person, I felt that his worldview was most vonengut by loneliness… loneliness of a very special kind, a sort of intellectual isolation which, it seems, could only be broken by his sister.

Chapters 31 and Wilbur, the novel’s protagonist, explains during his election campaign for the presidency how any request for money from a street beggar in the new social order should be treated: At one point, he is visited by a miniature Chinese man who is interested in ‘genius’ writings that Eliza and Wilbur hid in the mansion.

Through reading and philosophizing together, Wilbur and Eliza combated the feelings of loneliness and isolation that would otherwise have ruined their childhood.

Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! by Kurt Vonnegut

Randomly arranged families counteract class structures, cultural differences, race and creed, etc. Hi ho just sounds ridiculous. It has been 30 years since I went on a huge Vonnegut tear.

View all 4 comments. That said, Kutr stepped toward this reading tentatively, with visions of the horrible Jerry Lewis movie from the s in my head.

There were some really brilliant passages with keen insights into kury government and way of life. After the death of my mother, I quit reading fiction for many kudt. This movie’s got Jerry Lewis! As far as the stars, the book itself probably only warrants a Vonnegut 3-star except for the fact that the autobiographical introduction is so good, I’m tossing in another star because, well, I can.

That day, Wilbur takes a drug called tri-benzo-Deportamil and becomes addicted to it for almost thirty years.


Slapstick or Lonesome No More!

The novel does take place in a post-apocalyptic khrt where most humans have been killed by a mysterious plague, Manhattan is a haven of corpses, slaves, and candlesticks, and gravity fluctuates with the weather. The main character is a grotesque monster who is a successful pediatrician though he graduated at the bottom of his Ivy League classa former Senator, and currently the reluctant President of the United States.

I was put in mind of this novel and its alternate title, Lonesome No More! Follow Us on Facebook.

Slapstick, or Lonesome No More!

Jan 19, Chris Dietzel rated it really liked it. They light them all in the lobby of the Empire State Building and Wilbur feels as if he is a god in the galaxy. Vonnegut adopted and raised her three children.

This is no where near his best book and yet it’s still leaps and bounds over most other books. The bit where the main story ends and the postscript starts is such a funny, fuck-you plot decision. Ben suggested I start with this book, so I did.

Most of the population is killed off. There are other, stronger Vonneguts where I could have started, but I’m also trying to go through my Library of America Vonnegt But in a good way. However, on their fifteenth birthday they overhear their mother express her hatred for them.