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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It has been 30 years since I went on a huge Vonnegut tear. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Wilbur and Eliza are like two halves of a brain, with Wilbur the left brain —logical, rational, able to communicate—and Eliza the right brain: Hmmm deformed, incestuous fraternal twins become geniuses when they touch their heads together. Slapstickor Lonesome No More!

Not my favorite Kury, but a worthy read. Some believed this to be an overstatement, but I think the only other author who left me with such a heavy emotional burden was Dostoyevsky.

Another example of what makes Vonnegut so great. Jun 17, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: Ultimately she was worried about be lonely and forgotten. But I would like people to be able to stay in one community for a lifetime, to travel away from it to see the world, but always to come home again, Kur becomes almost defunct as major cities fall to ruin.

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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.


So when a married couple had a fight, one or the other could go to a house three doors down and stay with a close relative until he slapstkck feeling tender again.

I felt his book was both happy even humorous at times. Here, he expands on the ideas of artificial families first imagined in his concepts of karass and duprass Chapters 6 and 7.

It was a quick read and vaguely entertaining, but definitely not a book I’d recommend to a friend. The Prologue is one of his most personal pieces of writing, as is the work itself — revolving, as it does, around the death of Kurt’s sister and the close bond they always shared.

Wilbur gives away his last remaining pills of tri-benzo-Deportamil and has sex with the widow during his arduous withdrawal period. Chapters 17 and May 15, Joel Lacivita rated it really liked it.

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All the White House staff either dies or vonbegut, except for Wilbur and the dishwasher. Their isolation, however, is what leads Wilbur to create what could be the anti-karass 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.

In many ways, despite its name and inspiration Laurel and HardySlapstick is one of the grimmer visions of the future. Player Piano Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts in which I will be….

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Retrieved 15 July As I read alapstick I felt sadnessdeep sorrow. He explains in an interview: That said, I stepped toward this reading tentatively, with visions of the horrible Jerry Lewis movie from the s in my head. Wilbur Daffodil Swain and his sister, Eliza, have slapstck to be two of the most sympathetic characters KV ever created. Mar 07, Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves: Was the bracing necessary?


The book was adapted into the film Slapstick of Another Kind. So this is understandingly, sympathetically a departure from the Vonnegut norm. These are separated by the words “hi ho”, which Dr. What Vonnegut does so well is adding these ideas to post-apocalyptic visions.

Slapstick or Lonesome No More!

He has his sister, Eliza, and basically no one else. While Eliza never grasps reading and writing, she is a creative problem-solver, while Wilbur is very analytical and can read and write. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It was a rental: In any event, I think this was quite a stroke of luck: They light them all in the lobby of the Empire State Building and Wilbur feels as if he is a god in the galaxy. At that moment, there is a massively oppressive gravity shift and the world is changed forever. Slapshick is the last entry in his memoir as he dies soon after, presumably rejoining Eliza in the afterlife.

A long way from his slapstico but still rather magical. Or vonbegut a flying fuck at the moooooooooon! View all 6 comments. Kerry, you were right about this guy the whole time. Chapters 48 and