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Slapstick, or, Lonesome No More,
This review is from: Slapstick or Lonesome No More (Paperback)
This is the first book I have read by Kurt Vonnegut so had nothing to compare it to. At first I thought of giving the book 3 stars as I did not find it laugh out loud funny. However, on reflection I felt 4 stars was more appropriate. The book is quite addictive as the reader follows the story of Wilbur Swain and his twin sister Eliza. Both were sent away as infants to live isolated lives from their parents in a futuristic, post apocalyptic America. One reason for this isolation was their ineffable ugliness from birth, however, when together they discover that their talents and capacity for knowledge is prodigious. It is through the lives of Wilbur and Eliza that Vonnegut takes the reader on a journey to futuristic America.
As I wrote earlier, and is purely just my opinion, some of the jokes were not as 'laugh out loud' as I had hoped. Yet there was a subtlety to some of his comments that gave them a humourous edge. One thing I cannot deny is Vonnegut's capacity for original ideas. The book is full of differing themes and scenarios as the story meanders from one siuation to another and different characters are introduced into the story adding to the total quality of the book.
If you enjoy abstact/off the wall humour then you would probably enjoy this book. Just be prepared to go where the author takes you.