A Man Without a Country Paperback – 16 Jan 2007
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'Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we discover his family's legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism' Studs Terkel 'Vonnegut's A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY is pure late Twain, darkly funny, never less than enraged at corruption and greed, and overflowing with compassion for the powerless. We've never needed him more' Russell Banks 'The verve for life amid stunningly depressing news, and that backhanded, refreshingly brutal, but infinitely whimsical way of viewing the world around him, continues to stand out in every odd word Vonnegut puts to paper.' The Onion 'Like his literary ancestor Mark Twain, his crankiness is good-humoured and sharp-witted, and aimed at well-defended soft spots of hypocrisy and arrogance.' New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Timely and passionate book by the bestselling writer: The nearest Vonnegut
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Vonnegut's mentor, Mark Twain, expressed the same sadness and remorse over the same people. That might suggest things haven't really gotten worse. Vonnegut, however, recognises that his country today exercises vastly more influence in the world, both physically and morally than that of Twain's day. "In case you haven't noticed" he cries, elections are stolen in the USA, its unelected leaders have dehumanized millions, "so I'm a man without a country". He fears things will go beyond this condition to apply the same standards to the entire planet. He foresees an epitaph for "the good Earth - we could have saved it, but we were to damn cheap and lazy."
The phrase "bitter old man" is certain to occur to readers of this collection. That judgement, of course, flies in the face of the voice of a man who's watched the course of the USA in a long lifetime. His most famous work, "Slaughterhouse Five", subtitled "The Children's Crusade" was a humanist's cry for increased awareness among his readers.Read more ›
This set of writings is a kind of brief touchstone for many of his central concerns. The only problem is that they are brief and often retain the levity and wit at the expense of the passion of the principles behind them. If this book was all you knew of Kurt Vonnegut you'd probably think he was just a carping lightweight. The substance of the man doesn't come through. But read it anyway, because it's fun, it's also angry in places, and it contains a lot of feeling if you look beyond the throw-away quirkiness. RIP Kurt. Your like will not be easily found.
if you have read his novels, then you will no doubt be in love with this guy. if so, then this book is a must-read. simple as that.
(p.s - anyone that doesn't like him must be either illiterate or a republican. so you might as well just ignore the bad reviews.)
In this round up of thoughts, he points out some very uncomfortable truths about the world we live in and our ignorance and he does this with frank bare-faced honesty, a man not long for this world he has so much to say to us, he has seen and been through so many things. He was in Dresden when the British bombed it, and the horror of it practically drove him mad, I believe his wife/mother drank Draino and killed herself, most of his friends are dead, he invented a religon and created Kigore Trout. When you read him, each sentence is loaded with thought and wit, he's like a full bodied wine.
I look forward to his next book.
(I don't know what the Californian guys problem is. Possibly a disgruntled Bush fan...)
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I have enjoyed reading k Vonnegut for years so I came to this with an expectation that I would enjoy what he had to say about whatever it was he was saying it about. I did. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by Mel Powell
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I loved this short read of his thoughts and ideas. I am reading it again and again. A must for all Kurt Vonnegut fans.Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by Kaz
I read this in a few hours in one sitting. The man was a genius when it came to exposing the society he lived in and sticking up for the ordinary folk. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2012 by Jack H
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