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2br02b [Hardcover]

Jr. Kurt Vonnegut
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30 Jun 2011

Everything was perfectly swell.

There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars.

All diseases were conquered. So was old age.

Death, barring accidents, was an adventure for volunteers.

Never, never, never -- not even in medieval Holland nor old Japan -- had a garden been more formal, been better tended. Every plant had all the loam, light, water, air and nourishment it could use.

A hospital orderly came down the corridor, and looked in at the mural and the muralist. "Looks so real," he said, "I can practically imagine I'm standing in the middle of it."

"What makes you think you're not in it?" said the painter. He gave a satiric smile. "It's called 'The Happy Garden of Life,' you know."

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  • Hardcover: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Aegypan (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463899580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463899585
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,404,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kurt Vonnegut was a writer, lecturer and painter. He was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. During WWII, as a prisoner of war in Germany, he witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired Slaughterhouse Five. First published in 1950, he went on to write fourteen novels, four plays, and three short story collections, in addition to countless works of short fiction and nonfiction. He died in 2007.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This very short story is available for free download from Project Gutenberg. "Everything was perfectly swell. There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars. All diseases were conquered. So was old age." And yet the Utopia is utterly hideous. Once you read the two lines after those I quote, the ghastliness is obvious. And the line after that gives the rest away. Not worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Available for free 26 Dec 2009
By J. Harlan - Published on Amazon.com
While I understand that there is a market for this book for Vonnegut completists, it is available at Project Gutenberg for free for those who just want to read it. here is a link, if Amazon doesn't publish the link just Google Project Gutenberg and search for Vonnegut on that site, it'll come right up.

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read for Vonnegut fans 7 Jan 2010
By Steven Skinner - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a fan of Vonnegut's work, 2BR02B is a quick read that reminds me of an old "Outer Limits" or "Twilight Zone" episode. This short story is a small sample of Vonnegut's quick-witted cynicism in conjunction with his signature macabre comedic feel. I give the book a rating of 3 stars due to the length of the book and the fact that some of his more well known books are frankly better than this in comparison. Overall, if you want a small sample of Vonnegut's work or are a big fan that would like to add another story to your collection, order it up.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Tale of a Future "Utopia" 9 Nov 2009
By Wildness - Published on Amazon.com
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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., who's mostly known for his irreverent fiction, wrote a number of science fiction novels and stories in his early years (though some of his later fiction borders on science fiction as well).

The short story 2BR02B was originally published in 1962 in the magazine Worlds of If and never published anywhere since. Now it is available in an inexpensive paperback edition that is simple, but nicely done.

In the not so near future, long after humanity has recovered from 20+ billion people on the planet, disease and aging have been conquered and the people of the planet live in harmony with it and each other. And, now that the population of the United States has stabilized at 40 million souls, all living as long as they want, having a child requires for someone to voluntarily end their life at the Federal Bureau of Termination.

But, what is a father to do if his wife is now scheduled to have triplets?!?

2BR02B is a simple tale of a Utopian future where not everyone is perfectly satisfied.


A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why is this chapter considered a book? 24 May 2010
By tingod - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Kurt Vonnegut and this story didn't disappoint me. But paying a "book" price for what should have been a chapter in a book did upset me! Somehow I don't think Kurt would think this was a good way to make money.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Squeezing out your last penny 16 April 2011
By Ravenskya - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for two reasons - 1) I love Vonnegut and 2) at that price even if I didn't like it, at least I didn't spend much. Well you know what? It was still a ripoff. I spent 2 dollars and change for 17 pages of text... text that was available online for free, there are more blank pages in this book than there are pages with writing on them. I am highly disappointed.

As far as the short story itself... it's not one of his better works, it's about a world where there is no more death or aging and the effect that has on people. It's very short and belonged in a larger collection rather than a few folded in half pieces of paper labeled a "book."
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