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Sucker's Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing
 
 

Sucker's Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Vonnegut
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Available to readers for the first time, Sucker’s Portfolio showcases a collection of seven never before published works from Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Short, sardonic, and dark, these six brief fiction stories and one non-fiction piece are consummate Vonnegut with piercing satire and an eye for life’s obscene inanity. Also available for the first time is an unfinished science-fiction short story, included in the appendix.

These stories trace trivial human lives and mundane desires, which is precisely where Vonnegut’s inimitable perspective as a humanist shines, illuminating his alternating hopeful and dismal outlook, although undoubtedly focusing on the latter. Here as in his greatest novels, Vonnegut’s writing takes us to the darkest corners of the human soul and with wit and humor, manages to remind us of our potential to be something greater.

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About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) is one of the most beloved American writers of the twentieth century. Vonnegut began his career as a science fiction writer, and his early novels – Player Piano and The Sirens of Titan – were categorized as such even as they appealed to an audience far beyond the reach of the category. In the 1960s, Vonnegut became closely associated with the Baby Boomer generation, a writer on that side, so to speak. Scholars believe that Vonnegut’s reputation (like Mark Twain’s) will grow steadily through the decades as his work continues to increase in relevance and new connections are formed, new insights made.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (20 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7HGHDK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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As these have been published for the first time, one could reasonably assume them to be much rougher diamonds than the work the author sought to polish to publication perfection; however one cannot speak of a low quality Vonnegut here at all. This - a collection of six fiction short stories, the author's non-fiction 'anthropology' essay and an unfinished science fiction story - gives you all the author's wit and powers observation in a more bite sized format.

I personally did not find the title piece the strongest, that title in my opinion going to the non-fiction essay, where he reflects on the profession he studied for but did not enter into - anthropology.

In the end, if you are a fan of the author, I can only recommend the book. It has the qualities of his other works (even if one certainly cannot call it one of his best), and is probably the last of his works to be made available. If Vonnegut is not your thing, the book is unlikely to change your mind, either. In spite of the bite sized format, I would still probably recommend one of his other books for a first taste of the author for those completely new to him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok 4 Jun 2013
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Some stories were amazing and some were just below expectations. I enjoyed the twist and surprise angle to some of the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of what we've lost 21 Jun 2013
By johnp
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Thes are not all the best Kurt Vonnegut, but in even the worst of them, the quality shines through. What a pity that the SF story is unfinished as what is in here is intriguing and an excellent basis for a novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good shorts 7 Sep 2013
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having read a number of K.Vonnegut's novels I decided to take these on holiday. Not disappointed only trouble they're a bit too short. Good endings though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master 9 Jun 2013
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If you have learned to love Mr Vonnegut, this certainly won't disappoint. Full of the usual acerbic wit and open heart that characterises his writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vonnergut 27 Sep 2013
By jimbo
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I am not a great fan of short stories, but never-the-less I enjoyed reading this collection. The twists in the endings were neat and often unexpected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unpublished work 3 April 2014
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If you're a fan of Vonnegut you will find much to like but newcomers may be put off reading his masterpiece Slaughterhouse 5. Start there..
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