Kurt Vonnegut


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the sirens of titan made me cry... my favourite book of all time!

i also rate stardust by neil gaiman, and choke by chuck palahniuk (though i've been told it's one of his weaker novels...)
based on that, can somebody reccomend me something else?

>>By ZpoonZ   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

ya guys can give me some info on SlaughterHouse 5?

>>By JJJMan   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

Martin Amiss rates KV very highly. He has written some interesting articles about him

>>By Cowmanuk   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

sirens of titan was also my favorite
w/ cats cradle & slapstick taking 2nd & 3rd places
but i like richard brautigan even better

>>By werdfert   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

Slaughter House Five was the first Vonnegut novel I read. For the triple J man, it's excellent. I'm afraid asking for info on it sounds like a pretty broad question...it was made into a movie too, starring John Malcovich, I believe. As some info on the book, it takes place in various different times and settings...kind of time-travel-like...only it sort of alters or invalidates rather the concept of time.
I also really loved Dead Eye Dick, although over time, i sort of misplaced the exact reason of my fascination.
As for right now, Id have to fraternize with Werdfert and say that Slapstick and Cat's Cradle are on the top of my list.
It seems that I'll have to read the Sirens of Titan, huh?

>>By iHeartSCUM   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

I need something about "Slapstic..."1 I need to write my MA work and i've decided to write about Vonnegut and his vision of world but...can't make up any topic!!!

>>By pirania   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

have you read slapstick? his vision of the world..... conquering adversity towards an uncertain end, or mebbe celebrating adversity? again to uncertain ends 'cos weré all gonna die anyhow.

>>By mr. lee   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

listening to king crimson improv. dastardly evil stuff. i gave all my vonnegut to my sister. anyone read out of time? mother night was also made into a movie, which i can't remember. it's been awhile; nick nolte was the american.

>>By mr. lee   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

i mean..... timequake?

>>By mr. lee   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

hi, I read Slaughter House 5 in high school, I don't remember much about it, other then that I liked it. I was curious what one would suggest I read next..... I liked Vonnegut's style, and want to read more. any info on his books would help.... and what is Breakfast of Champions about,, i have a feeling I'd like it.

>>By just curious!   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

Where can I find controverce over his writtings, where have they been challenged and for what reasons?

>>By suga baby   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

Cat's Cradle was the first book of Vonnegut I have read, and I instantly fell in love! His books are so fast-paced and witty. He never lost my attention from the first to last page. I just finished reading Slapstick today, and it was another winner. Funny and sad. I thought it kind of ended abruptly, but I guess that was what he was going for. I loved it though, it was right up there with Cat's Cradle. Any suggestions of further reading into Vonnegut or other authors you think I might like? I think next I will have to read the famous Slaughterhouse-Five. I've found a new favorite author! Nothing but praise for Vonnegut.

>>By Bokonon   (Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 07:04)

I love vonnegut's style. I've read cat's cradle, slapstick, and slaughter-house 5. My favorite was cat's cradle, I thought Bokononism was so creative, and the idea of ice-nine was ingenius. slaughter-house 5 was great too. It really made me more aware of the atrocities of war, and I liked how he added in all the cool themes about time too. slapstick was very funny. I loved its satirical view of the world. I'd like any recommendations of what to read of KV next.

>>By ice-nine   (Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003 17:32)


I'm writing a paper about Kurt VONNEGUT, the title is "how to write with style" and the eight ways he offers to writers. could you guys give me some books or sites references in order for me to go on with this paper i would really appreciate it .


>>By tipidye   (Sunday, 2 Mar 2003 01:04)

Hi, I am writing a research paper about Kurt Vonnegut, yet I cannot find any info about him in any magazines or newpapers, so I hope you guys can help me.

>>By DeeDee   (Sunday, 23 Mar 2003 04:27)

yeah i'm doing a report on how war is depicted in slaughter house five do you all have any good sources.

>>By Ariel   (Monday, 14 Apr 2003 01:55)

I NEED HELP! I AM DOING A SCHOOL REPORT AND I CANT FIND THE INFO I NEED! HELP HELP HELP HELP HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>>By Sara!   (Sunday, 11 May 2003 03:30)

First off Kurt Vonnegut brilliant I read Slapstick and SlaughterHouse 5, Gotta love dark humor. But you have to admit ever though his books are dark they give me atleast a certain hope that human spirit resiliant even in our darkesrt hours. Overall great stuff and so deep .

>>By Craigo   (Thursday, 22 May 2003 22:44)

Anything by KV is great. It very simple to read and very entertaining. SH-5, cat's cradle, slapstick, and sirens of titan are must reads, everything else is worth paying full-price for too. for information on MR. vonnegut read fates worse than death it provides an introspective look at his life and it's alot more depressing then you might think.

>>By nycole   (Tuesday, 3 Jun 2003 06:50)

Just got done with Timequake, which I loved. First chance I had to get my paws on a Vonnegut read. Where do I go from here? Any suggestions for my next KV venture? Do all of his novels encompass similar themes?

>>By Waterlily   (Monday, 16 Jun 2003 18:46)

I'm surprised no one here has mentioned Hocus Pocus. It was the first vonnegut book I read and still one ofmy favorites. I have read many but hocus pocus and slapstick are my favorites. breakfast of champions is really good too, but they all are.

>>By omelete   (Wednesday, 9 Jul 2003 01:28)

I just finished Hocus Pocus. I really liked it. Sadly, I am still trying to calculate the # of military kills and adultries that will go on the tombstone. I am stuck on the final # needed to find out. You are supposed to add the greatest # of children from the womb of just one woman. I know I read it, but cannot find it as I look back. Can anyone help me with a page or chapter where this information may be found? Thanks so much.

>>By heatherh   (Wednesday, 13 Aug 2003 20:27)

I've read them all (I think). A professor assigned Galapagos, and after that I had to read the rest. I'd recommend Mother Night, which is a bit different from his others but amazing. KV claims it's his only book with a theme: "you are what you pretend to be" (I may be paraphrasing)

>>By U2RBald   (Thursday, 2 Oct 2003 17:45)

I just finished "Cat's Cradle" a couple days ago...*got* to go to the library and get more! It was such a great book. The ending was pretty heartwrenching.

>>By Mara   (Thursday, 2 Oct 2003 23:47)

Its been a few years but Vonnegut's classic material still stands up. "cat's cradle" "slaughter house" "god bless you mr rosewater' and for short fiction "welcome to the monkey house" which was as the basis for a short series of films on Showtime in the early 80's.

One of the true oddities is "Between Time and Timbukto" a program done for PBS in the 70's. It was based on 'materials' provided by Vonnegut, uses characters from certain novels and stories, and is tied together by comedians Bob and Ray. A trade paperback of the show was put out, but has not been re-printed, and I have not seen the TV program offered anywhere.

>>By Marlow   (Tuesday, 7 Oct 2003 04:22)

OK, my second favourite book by Kurt Vonnegut is Breakfast of Champions. It heavily features Kilgore Trout (Vonnegut's fictional ScfiFi writer, loosely based on Theodore Sturgeon) and i'm suprised no-one has mentioned it! It was also made into a movie (with Bruce Willis I think) though I've not seen it.
Other books I've read by him:
Cat's Cradle
Player Piano
Slaughterhouse 5
Time Quake

>>By ZpoonZ   (Tuesday, 7 Oct 2003 11:45)

oh, and Hocus Pocus!

>>By ZpoonZ   (Tuesday, 7 Oct 2003 11:46)

KV is indeed remarkable.as of the late 80's i'd read all of his books but he's probably written more and these comments have made me realize it's probably time to revisit him.his work led me to pynchon ,barth ,burruoghs, bukowski, mcguane, mailer, henry miller, flannery o'conner ,tc boyle, carson mccullers ,and df wallace.

>>By goddog   (Friday, 10 Oct 2003 15:59)

His books kind of bleed from one to another. I read them all at once years ago, and they all kind of blended together in my mind. I reread a few and it was superfresh. Has he written anything since Galapagos? He really was in a meatlocker during the firebombing of Dresden wasn't he? Man.
I think I like Eliot Rosewater best. Certainly better than Billy Pilgrim. Eliot- a millionaire dude, drunk in his long johns, fighting fires and dispensing money and laxatives. I think I'd like to hang out with Eliot. Tip a few, give some money away, trade clothes...

>>By Seward3   (Saturday, 6 Dec 2003 04:17)

I've also read most of, if not all of his books, and liked almost all too. The ones that always come first in mind when thinking which is the best , are: Jailhouse bird and Mother Night. Also God bless you, Mr. Rosewater is such I don't easily forget.
He's books are sometimes dark, even bitter, but his sarcasm never misses the goal - which in the end makes you think about those matters he writes. For there seldom is a joke without some truth in it.

>>By Eveliina   (Saturday, 6 Dec 2003 11:44)

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