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Welcome To The Monkey House and Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage: "Welcome to the Monkey House", "Palm Sunday" [Paperback]

Kurt Vonnegut
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21 July 1994

A diabolical government asserts control by eliminating orgasms from sex in the title story of Welcome to the Monkey House - setting the tone for a collection shot through with Vonnegut's acrid wit, and his bewilderment at the corruption of humanity.

From riffs on country music, George Bush, and his mother's midnight mania, to a bittersweet tribute to a dead friend, Palm Sunday demonstrates why Kurt Vonnegut is equally well known as an essayist and commentator as he is a novelist.

This caustic, funny and poignant collection resonates with Vonnegut's singular voice.


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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (21 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099387816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099387817
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,318 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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"Vonnegut's sharp wit and intellect are tempered but not blunted by his honesty and humanity" (Independent)

"These taut, concise stories show us the roots of a great Rube Goldberg literary career" (Los Angeles Times)

"Wonderfully wicked" (Washington Post)

"Twisted, funny, sci-fi and high-concept. It's a great, great book" (Rebecca Romijin-Stamos Independent)

"A brilliant wacky ideas-monger" (Observer)

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A selection of the best sci-fi shorts from an American genius of the genre, collected alongside his most personal essays.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Collection 27 Feb 2007
By A. Cox
Format:Paperback
Kurt Vonnegut has got to be my favourite novelist around. His writing is so unusual, captivating and unique. I've already loved his major books and wanted to read some of his acclaimed short stories. I got this mainly for the 'Welcome to the Monkey House' section which is the first 300 pages and for this alone gets the 5 stars. The short stories are so varse; some science fiction and others traditional love stories, they work so well as a collective. Major highlights are the titled story 'Welcome to the Monkey House' which is strangly beautiful. As well as the interesting 'The Euphio Question' and quite cruel 'All the King's Horses'. The second part is good but i alone recommend anybody to buy it purely for the short stories. An accumulation of old stories that ended up in magazines. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIP KV 1 April 2010
Format:Paperback
The idea of describing anything Vonnegut wrote as a 'pot boiler' is bizarre! This marvellous collection of fiction, essays and autobiography should accompany you through the rest of your life. I've been revisiting it regularly for 15 years or so. Vonnegut's prose is quirky and unusual, and deceptively simple (apparently a simplicity achieved by endless revision and honing), but always extremely thought provoking and wise. What impresses me most (and this is a quality of all his work) is his sound moral sense. He was one of the good guys, and I wish he were still with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful 8 Sep 2009
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Not many writers can vary styles and genres, but this guy pulls it off amazingly from one short story to the next. Interesting and unusual. Highly recommended.
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