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|Title||:||Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction|
|Author||:||Kurt Vonnegut Jr.|
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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction Look at the Birdie b is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes written just as he was starting to find his comic voice Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm wise and funny portrait of life in post World War II America a world where squabbling couples high school geniuses misfit office workers and small town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology moral ambiguity and unprecedented affluence .
Here are tales both cautionary and hopeful each brimming with Vonnegut s trademark humor and profound humanism A family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention A man finds himself in a Kafkaesque world of trouble after he runs afoul of the shady underworld boss who calls the shots in an upstate New York town A quack psychiatrist turned murder counselor concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients While these stories reflect the anxieties of the postwar era that Vonnegut was so adept at capturing and provide insight into the development of his early style collectively they have a timeless quality that makes them just as relevant today as when they were written It s impossible to imagine any of these pieces flowing from the pen of another writer each in its own way is unmistakably quintessentially Vonnegut .
Featuring a Foreword by author and longtime Vonnegut confidant Sidney Offit and illustrated with Vonnegut s characteristically insouciant line drawings b Look at the Birdie b is an unexpected gift for readers who thought his unique voice had been stilled forever and serves as a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius .
Read Hello Red and The Petrified Ants two of the stories from the collection as single story e books before b Look at the Birdie b goes on sale Available wherever e books are sold
Kurt Vonnegut s absurdist classic i Slaughterhouse Five i introduces us to Billy Pilgrim a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore In a plot scrambling display of virtuosity we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life concentrating on his and Vonnegut s shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden br br Don t let the ease of reading fool you Vonnegut s isn t a conventional or simple novel He writes There are almost no characters in this story and almost no dramatic confrontations because most of the people in it are so sick and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces One of the main effects of war after all is that people are discouraged from being characters br br i Slaughterhouse Five i is not only Vonnegut s most powerful book it is also as important as any written since Like i Catch i it fashions the author s experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority i Slaughterhouse Five i boasts the same imagination humanity and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut s other works but the book s basis in rock hard tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy and humor
b Told with deadpan humour amp bitter irony Kurt Vonnegut s cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon amp worse still surviving it b br br Dr Felix Hoenikker one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb has left a deadly legacy to the world For he s the inventor of ice nine a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker s three ecentric children to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean to madness Felix Hoenikker s Death Wish comes true when his last fatal gift to humankind brings about the end that for all of us is nigh
In i Breakfast of Champions i one of Kurt Vonnegut s most beloved characters the aging writer Kilgore Trout finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth What follows is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war sex racism success politics and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth
The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space time and morality The richest most depraved man on Earth Malachi Constant is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side Of course there s a catch to the invitation and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell
i Mother Night i is a daring challenge to our moral sense American Howard W Campbell Jr a spy during World War II is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal But is he really guilty In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all
i Gal pagos i takes the reader back one million years to A D A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey Thanks to an apocalypse a small group of survivors stranded on the Gal pagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave new and totally different human race In this inimitable novel America s master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly madly awry and all that is worth saving
This short story collection i Welcome to the Monkey House i incorporates almost completely Vonnegut s Canary in a Cathouse which appeared within a few months of i Slaughterhouse Five i and capitalized upon that breakthrough novel and the enormous attention it suddenly brought br br Drawn from both specialized science fiction magazines and the big circulation general magazines which Vonnegut had been one of the few science writers to sell the collection includes some of his most accomplished work from to The title story may be his most famous a diabolical government asserts control through compulsory technology removing orgasm from sex but Vonnegut s bitterness and wit not in his earlier work as poisonous or unshielded as it later became is well demonstrated br br Two early stories from Galaxy science fiction magazine and one from Fantasy amp Science Fiction the famous Harrison Bergeron show Vonnegut s careful command of a genre about which he was always ambivalent stories like More Stately Mansions or The Foster Portfolio the confines and formula of a popular fiction of which he was always suspicious Vonnegut s affection for humanity and bewilderment as its corruption are manifest in these early works br br Several of these stories those which appeared in Collier s were commissioned by Vonnegut s Cornell classmate and great supporter Knox Burger also born in br br Contents br br xii Preface Welcome to the Monkey House essay by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Where I Live non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr variant of You ve Never Been to Barnstable as by Kurt Vonnegut br Harrison Bergeron short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Who Am I This Time non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr variant of My Name Is Everyone as by Kurt Vonnegut br Welcome to the Monkey House short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Long Walk to Forever non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br The Foster Portfolio non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Miss Temptation non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br All the King s Horses non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Tom Edison s Shaggy Dog non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br New Dictionary non genre essay by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Next Door non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br More Stately Mansions non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br The Hyannis Port Story non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br D P non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Report on the Barnhouse Effect short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr variant of The Report on the Barnhouse Effect as by Kurt Vonnegut br The Euphio Question short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Deer in the Works non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br The Lie non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Unready to Wear short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br The Kid Nobody Could Handle non genre George M Helmholtz short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br The Manned Missiles short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br EPICAC short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Adam non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr variant of The Big Trip Up Yonder as by Kurt Vonnegut
Second only to Slaughterhouse Five of Vonnegut s canon in its prominence and influence God Bless You Mr Rosewater presents Eliot Rosewater an itinerant semi crazed millionaire wandering the country in search of heritage and philanthropic outcome introducing the science fiction writer Kilgore Trout to the world and Vonnegut to the collegiate audience which would soon make him a cult writer br br Trout modeled according to Vonnegut on the science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon with whom Vonnegut had an occasional relationship is a desperate impoverished but visionary hack writer who functions for Eliot Rosewater as both conscience and horrid example Rosewater seeking to put his inheritance to some meaningful use his father was an entrepreneur tries to do good within the context of almost illimitable cynicism and corruption br br It is in this novel that Rosewater wanders into a science fiction conference an actual annual event in Milford Pennsylvania and at the motel delivers his famous monologue evoked by science fiction writers and critics for almost half a century None of you can write for sour apples but you re the only people trying to come to terms with the really terrific things which are happening today Money does not drive Mr Rosewater or the corrupt lawyer who tries to shape the Rosewater fortune so much as outrage at the human condition br br The novel was adapted for a Alan Menken musical The novel is told mostly thru a collection of short stories dealing with Eliot s interactions with the citizens of Rosewater County usually with the last sentence serving as a punch line The antagonist s tale Mushari s is told in a similar short essay fashion The stories reveal different hypocrisies of humankind in a darkly humorous fashion
Kurt Vonnegut s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines Paul s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut wildly funny deadly serious and terrifyingly close to reality
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER br br This may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir br i Los Angeles Times br i br Like that of his literary ancestor Mark Twain Kurt Vonnegut s crankiness is good humored and sharp witted Reading i A Man Without a Country i is like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend br i The New York Times Book Review i br br In a volume that is penetrating introspective incisive and laugh out loud funny one of the great men of letters of this age or any age holds forth on life art sex politics and the state of America s soul From his coming of age in America to his formative war experiences to his life as an artist this is Vonnegut doing what he does best Being himself Whimsically illustrated by the author i A Man Without a Country i is intimate tender and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut s passions br br For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations this is what he is like in person br i USA Today i br br Filled with Vonnegut s usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow hope and despair humor and gravity br i Chicago Tribune i br br Fans will linger on every word as once again Vonnegut captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity br i The Australian i br br 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 br Studs Terkel