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Kurt Vonnegut has given me a headache

  1. Aug 22, 2008 #1
    I just finished reading my very first Kurt Vonnegut novel. I've always known who Kurt Vonnegut was and known some of his books, but I never read any or knew what they were about. I just finished Cat's Cradle and I'm having a hard time deciding if I loved it or hated it. I might have to read it again. I think I'm edging towards loving it. It was definitely different. I'm going to give it a few days, maybe I'll read Slaughterhouse 5 before I make my decision. Have you read any Vonnegut? I'd like some opinions.
     
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  3. Aug 22, 2008 #2

    russ_watters

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    I read Slaughterhouse 5. Not a fan. IMO, writing crazy doesn't make one brilliant, it makes one crazy.
     
  4. Aug 22, 2008 #3
    Damn, that was my last hope. maybe I am just crazy.
     
  5. Aug 22, 2008 #4
    I read Player Piano and liked it, but I never read any other of his books.
     
  6. Aug 22, 2008 #5
    I've only read Slaughterhouse 5, but I really enjoyed it.
     
  7. Aug 22, 2008 #6

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    I have read everything of his that I could get my hands on. Yeah, he's different, but that's not a bad thing.
     
  8. Aug 22, 2008 #7

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    His style is a lot different. It's like any other style, though. If it's done well, it's good. If it misses, it misses.

    I really liked God Bless You Mr Rosewater and Breakfast of Champions. The rest of his books - not so much. I feel like he's trying to be humorous and never really feel any empathy for his characters.
     
  9. Aug 22, 2008 #8

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    I liked Cat's Cradle and Sirens of Titan. Started reading Slaughterhouse 5 once but didn't get very far, just couldn't get into it.
     
  10. Aug 22, 2008 #9

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    Sirens of Titan is my favorite of Vonnegut's books, but I think they are all wonderful. I love the Tralfamadorians.
     
  11. Aug 22, 2008 #10
    Slaughterhouse 5 was awesome. Certainly the best book I've ever been forced to read.

    See, I know where you're coming from. The time jumps and stuff like that. It helps to watch something like Pulp Fiction before reading the book. Then you'll realize how big of a pile of crap Quintin Tarantino is and how awesome the book really is.
     
  12. Aug 22, 2008 #11
    Slaughterhouse-Five is one of my favorite novels. I guess it could be kind of boring to some people, with all the flashback's of billy's life and his experience on Tralfamadore, but to me, they kind of showed the humanity of an individual prisoner of war compared to his status, as, well, a POW.

    I also felt a humanity flowing through the novel, and wasn't really lost by the non-linear story line. Player Piano is also good, and I have Sirens of Titan but I haven't read it yet.

    Mother Night I got from the library and it is pretty good. Mother Night is great and often overlooked.
     
  13. Aug 22, 2008 #12
    Any particular favorites?
     
  14. Aug 22, 2008 #13
    Slaughterhouse-Five was awesome.
     
  15. Aug 22, 2008 #14

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    My reading of Vonnegut happened between 20 and 30 years ago (my late teens to late 20's). I should try re-reading him, my tastes have changed enough that it might seem quite different.
     
  16. Aug 22, 2008 #15

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    Trib, just watch Slaughterhouse 5 the movie.
     
  17. Aug 22, 2008 #16
    You're only saying that because both your arms are in casts and you can't flip through the pages in the book. :mad:
     
  18. Aug 22, 2008 #17

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    Evo could injure herself with a book.

    I'm not one to talk. I injured myself pretty badly with a piece of paper once.
     
  19. Aug 22, 2008 #18

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    War In Reverse: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_72wGGgtv9I
     
  20. Aug 22, 2008 #19
    I've only read Slaughter House 5 so far. Thank you for reminding me to look for some more fo his books. Whenever I go into a book store every book I told myself I need to look for always leaks right out of my brain and I can't think of anything.

    I've read several very odd and crazy sorts of books so that didn't bother me about Vonnegut. I just didn't think that SH5 was executed as well as it could have been. It came off as mostly just silly to me. If you like crazy Philip K Dick is where it's at. Alot of his books are hit or miss but there are plenty that are very good. If you are interested in some titles let me know.
     
  21. Aug 22, 2008 #20

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    See, this is exactly what I mean. What's the point of that? Would it be nice if that were a reality? It's not, it's just a daydream of a weak or overloaded mind. It has no meaning at all.

    Incidentally, that youtube clip is the second hit on google for that subject. Here's the first: http://www.esquire.com/the-side/opinion/buzzell041207
    The book helped him get through the war and honestly, good for him. He needed a fantasy to latch on to to help him cope with a difficult reality. But that's all this is. It is neither real, nor meaningful - it's just a drug.

    edit: Thinking about this more, I'm trying to figure out why I dislike it so much. I think it's the pretentiousness. There is nothing inherrently wrong with fantasy - I'm a big fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, James Bond, and Tom Clancy - but when something is claimed to be Literature, that's supposed to mean it has something deep to say. But this doesn't. It isn't on a different level than any other fantasy - it's just crazier, which people mistake for being deeper.

    You want an American writer who had something profoud to say? George Orwell. Genius.
     
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