Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloon Paperback – 1 Jan 1999
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"He is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative."--John Irving
"A book filled with madness and truth and absurdity and self-revelation . . . [Vonnegut is] a great cosmic comedian and rattler of human skeletons, an idealist disguised as a pessimist."--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer."--"Time"
He is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative. John Irving
A book filled with madness and truth and absurdity and self-revelation . . . [Vonnegut is] a great cosmic comedian and rattler of human skeletons, an idealist disguised as a pessimist. "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer. "Time""
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Kurt Vonnegut s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America s attention in "The Sirens of Titan" in 1959 and established him as a true artist ("The New York Times") with" Cat s Cradle" in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, one of the best living American writers. Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007."
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Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons (Opinions) exists in an aura of surreality, recounting the experiences had by Vonnegut. The preface, itself, explains that the novel contains situations related to ideas that are not only abnormal but not tangible, either. The word wampeter comes from Vonnegut's book, Cat's Cradle (see my review of Cat's Cradle at [...] ), and it describes any "object around which the lives of many otherwise unrelated people may revolve". This definition, alone, prompts the reader to realize that the book will involve many exemplifications of abstract ideology.
The novel contains essays describing events and satiring politics and societal figures. Vonnegut is one of the world's greatest black-humorists, and it is expected that he will try to offend quite a few persons while writing his works. Thus, Vonnegut's writing may not be for the light-hearted, and if this means you, then maybe you should not rush out to the bookstore and buy this book. However, if you dare to delve into the depths of derogatory literature, then this should be your next book. Another book I need to recommend -- completely unrelated to Vonnegut, but very much on my mind since I purchased it off Amazon is "The Losers' Club" by Richard Perez, an exceptional, highly entertaining little novel I can't stop thinking about.