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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 12:55:05 GMT
Dan Fante says:
I love both of those although I'm surprised you found the latter heavy going. I thought it was anything but. Probably my favourite book of his.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 13:26:54 GMT
Pendragon says:
Dan

Well like I said I am conscious that KV fans like SofT. It was the first KV I read, and maybe it was the leap around nature of the story telling I found hard to get on with. Also, coming to it late, perhaps the impact of the basic premise had been weakened by my reading/watching of other later authors who re-used or elaborated on it (can't give you an example, it's just my musing on why).

S5 was the second, on the basis of which I am definitely up for more.

What's your second favourite (or third if S5 is second!)?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 13:38:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2013 13:39:03 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Slaughterhouse 5 is a great book too but perhaps a little different from other novels of his because, despite the time travel aspects, it's a fairly conventional novel (by his standards). I really enjoyed Cat's Cradle and Timequake although, in fairness, I've liked everything I've read by him. Your question reminded me of this, which I've seen on his wiki page before:

<<In "The Sexual Revolution", Chapter 18 of his book Palm Sunday, Vonnegut grades his own works. He states that the grades "do not place me in literary history" and that he is comparing "myself with myself." The grades are as follows:

Player Piano: B
The Sirens of Titan: A
Mother Night: A
Cat's Cradle: A-plus
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: A
Slaughterhouse-Five: A-plus
Welcome to the Monkey House: B-minus
Happy Birthday, Wanda June: D
Breakfast of Champions: C
Slapstick: D
Jailbird: A
Palm Sunday: C>>

Of course that list excludes stuff written post-1981 (including Timequake).

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 14:06:52 GMT
Pendragon says:
Thanks Dan. Cat's Cradle has previously been recommended to me, so that's the one for the next Kindle purchase!

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 18:54:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2013 20:35:10 GMT
I'd have given Palm Sunday a solid B.

I've also enjoyed George Saunders' fiction since I read an article by him on discovering Slaughterhouse-Five. It's reprinted in his essay collection The Braindead Megaphone.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 20:12:50 GMT
Littleriver says:
glorify the LORD? please explain 'equal partnerings to Allah', what does it mean to you? I have never heard the expression until reading your posts. Could guess, but would like to hear your definition please?
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