In this, the most intimate of Vonnegut’s 13 novels, he brings back the erstwhile American painter Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed man” who played a minor role in . Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last proper novels. Though it is different in style than his earlier works, it is a very.

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When a bossy, mysterious writer invites herself into his mansion, Rabo opens up about his life, his art and his sadness. It is specifically this: The book follows former abstract expressionist painter Rabo Karabekian, serving as his autobiography and a mystery story simultaneously.

Even though he has started the process of healing, this guy has a whole long row to hoe that is not going to be happy, pretty or any other easy positive word. What a horses ass huh? It’s kind of cute. These very panels upon which Windsor Blue used to cover fully became the canvases Karabekian would prime back to pure white and use for his last work locked within his potato barn.

Vonnegut does not give simple answers to this tension, but rather explores its ramifications on the process of writing. He attended Cornell University from towhere he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Although born in America of immigrant Armenian parents, he is haunted by their close escape from the first genocide of the twentieth century, the massacre by the Turks of a million of their Armenian citizens.

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Bluebeard 1 10 May 01, I’ve got some friends who don’t like it as much cause it’s not as terse or wacky as his earlier works, not sure how much I agree with that appraisal, but I’ve heard it. She convinces Rabo to write his autobiography, which results in the text of Bluebeard. I am glad that someone else feels Bluebeard is worthy Vonnegut.

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This inability of high culture and low culture to reconcile themselves is evidenced in the lack of critical appreciation for Vonnegut.

Birth and death were even on that old piece of beaverboard Terry Kitchen sprayed seemingly at random so long ago. Sometimes it is more satirical: We partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Exhausted by the horrific panorama he has observed, Karabekain is repatriated in a daze to the United States. I digress, because even though Bluebeard is a thin book with a light tone, nluebeard makes me meditate upon weighty subjects.

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He’s so good at his dark, black humor, so penetrating; it’s like he’s laughing at a knife in his leg, pulls it out of his “meat” and laughs harder about how terrible and ridiculous it is, and gives you the knife saying “try it.

This is used to detect comment spam. A large part of the charm of ‘Bluebeard’ lies in the effortless way in which Vonnegut exactly catches the optimistic, never discouraged tone of William Saroyan’s garrulous narrators, forever being let down by the world but always ready blurbeard come back with a smile and antoher hopeful scheme.

It’s grumpy and the ending is a little implausible the final masterpiece sounds pretty cool the way a World War II diorama of infinite detail is cool Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized.

But what’s in that potato barn? Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U. We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.

This is an ad network. It’s your turn now. It seems like every book by Vonnegut is better than the previous one I read. A very brilliant writer Another interesting Vonnegut book. And this is where I attempt to connect all of this to the motif of abstract art, which thus far I have lamentably neglected. Suffice it to say, although Vonnegut is associated with some interesting mem I read Vonnegut now.


The novel also explores the nature of abstract expressionism, and as might be supposed, Circe Berman and Rabo Karabekian have quite different views on the art form. It is hard to relay what the book essentially is, but obviously it is an autobiography of an almost loner, a hermit with a roommate. So, anyway, I love both of these artists, and I totally see what you’re saying, but Kurt has many more layers that make these two as comparable as mild salsa and gourmet seven-layer dip.

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Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? This leads to an apprenticeship with creepy Gregory a graphic “taxidermist”a brief affair with Marilee “three hours of ideal lovemaking”and a lifelong preoccupation with technique vs.

Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn.

Add the first question. Hudson rated it really liked vonnegkt. This is a recurring question, with a variety of answers. Donald Morse identified a difference between Bluebeard and other Vonnegut’s novels, hluebeard was that the protagonist was happy and satisfied at the end of the narrative. At the opening of the book, the narrator, Rabo Karabekianapologizes to the arriving guests: Really great, I’m coming back to finish this in a bit, I’ve really enjoyed your introduction analysis of one of my long standing favorites and Bluebeard one of his more obscure and my favorite works.

And now I know.