Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £6.71

Save £3.28 (33%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.
Unlimited reading. Over 1 million titles. Learn more
Read for £0.00
OR

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Jailbird by [Vonnegut, Kurt]
Audible Narration
Playing...
Loading...
Paused
Kindle App Ad

Jailbird Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

See all 33 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Kindle Edition, 21 Aug 2011
£6.71
£6.71 to buy

Length: 322 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Audible Narration:
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £3.99 after you buy the Kindle book.
Ready

Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deals: Books from 99p
Sign-up to the Kindle Daily Deal email newsletter to discover daily deals from 99p.
Get a £1 credit for movies or TV
Enjoy £1.00 credit to spend on movies or TV on Amazon Video when you purchase any Amazon Kindle Book from the Kindle Store (excluding Kindle Unlimited, Periodicals and free Kindle Books) offered by Amazon.co.uk. A maximum of 1 credit per customer applies. UK customers only. Offer ends at 23:59 on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Terms and conditions apply


Product Description

Review

“He has never been more satirically on-target. . . . Nothing is spared.”—"People"
“[Vonnegut] is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative.”—John Irving
 
“A gem . . . a mature, imaginative novel—possibly the best he has written . . . "Jailbird" is a guided tour de force of America. Take it!”—"Playboy"

He has never been more satirically on-target. . . . Nothing is spared. "People"
[Vonnegut] is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative. John Irving
A gem . . . a mature, imaginative novel possibly the best he has written . . . "Jailbird" is a guided tour de force of America. Take it! "Playboy""

"He has never been more satirically on-target. . . . Nothing is spared."--People
"[Vonnegut] is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative."--John Irving
"A gem . . . a mature, imaginative novel--possibly the best he has written . . . Jailbird is a guided tour de force of America. Take it!"--Playboy

Book Description

Jailbird is Vonnegut's riotous urban fairytale about the various fiascos of the Nixon years

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1165 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (21 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IHWAN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a big Kurt Vonnegut fan having read several of his books and I reckon that this is one of his best, and one of his funniest.

We follow Walter F. Starbuck on his first 24 hours after being released from prison as he becomes subjected to a series of comical coincidences and often farcical events, interspersed with flashbacks to his past. The tale unravels into several threads and Vonnegut skillfully weaves them together to form a satisfying whole. It is Vonnegut's genius that he can create a novel of complexity, and full of ideas, yet make it read so easily and entertainingly.

For those unfamiliar with Kurt Vonnegut, I would say his style is such that his books have a certain _personality_ to them, and once you become aquainted with this personality you can sit back and enjoy them like you were listening to the conversation of an old friend. But first you must be introduced, and in my opinion Jailbird is a great introduction.

SGL
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Kurt Vonnegut can be harmful to your social life. So many people stumble across one of his novels, love it, and then spend much of their subsequent time acquiring the rest of his work, whilst persistently recommending others do the same with almost evangelical zeal. I too have been there.
So speaking as a fan, I'd have to say I was a wee bit dissapointed by Jailbird. It does have some of the virtues familiar to all Vonnegut's work: it's cynical yet compassionate, humanistic and a decent entertaining read. However, this bleak portrayal of people being lost and ignored among the ubiquitous forces of greed and corruption lacks the levity associated with much of the author's other work. I realise jokes aren't everything, but Vonnegut is often at his most incisive when mocking his targets with the aid of plenty black humour (as in Breakfast of Champions, for example).
So ultimately, Jailbird comes across as rather depressing. Perhaps it's because of the protagonist's perception of himself as a pathetically ineffectual nothing-man. Or perhaps it's because Vonnegut's pessimism got the better of him this time around.
Despite the above, I'd say Jailbird is certainly worth investigating, but if you aren't a fan of the author (yet!), it's probably best to start with another of his novels.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Yet another Vonnegut that nudges at perfection. Reminiscent of Mother Night and Hocus Pocus, this is the biography of a low-ranking participant in the Watergate scandal and a punchy morality tale on the vertigo of history and the failings of American capitalism. Full of wonderful jokes and characters, this is ground the master could re-tread again and again, extending the joy available to the rest of us each time. It's a real pity that there's not a flashier version of this out in the bookstores of the world at the moment. It's worth your time and your money. It will make you glow.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kurt Vonnegut is an author that I had never heard of until a couple of years ago, he is now one of my favourites! He didn't write big operas, intricate plots or future hollywood blockbusters and I personally am grateful for that! Kurt wrote very personal, very funny and very human centered 'fiction' that was packed with wry political humour, jet black satire and dripping with social sarcasm. Jailbird encapsulates the kind of story he does so well and in the style he also does so effortlessly. Kurt wrote in a style all of his own while still being accessable to many. Galapagos, Slaughterhouse 5 and God bless you Mr Rosewater are my personal 3 favourites but he never wrote a bad book in my opinion. Enjoy!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Reading Vonnegut is not quite like reading most authors. At times, it's more like sitting in a room with a knowledgeable but perhaps slightly crazed older relative. The more time you spend with him, the more entertaining he becomes, and the easier it is to slip into the right frame of mind to get the most from the experience. This book flows well, and I'm inclined to agree with those who think it's a good potential starting point for those new to the author. For sure, if you like this, you'd probably enjoy others. This is funny throughout, but still has thought provoking political satire in reams. Several hours of fantastic enjoyment for me, like no other.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is not in Vonnegut's top league of books but for a fan of his, which I have been for many years, even a more minor Vonnegut work can be fun. Jailbird has a lot of Vonnegut trademarks and does make some serious points about American politics and way of life along the way.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
click to open popover