Thursday, 19 May 2011

kurt vonnegut - jailbird - cats cradle - armageddon

Walter F Starbuck is released from prison and makes a succes of his life through his old acquaintances. It deals with the working class workforce, capatilism, communism, and Watergate. It also features Kilgore Trout! Excellent.

John (Jonah) plans to write a book about what happened on the day Hiroshima was bombed. He ends up in San Lorenzo as the president, but there is some trouble with (to say the least) ice-nine that Felix Hoenikker (based on Irving Langmuir) has invented. It also deals a lot with religion, with Bokonoism featured throughout, and the stupidity of the arms race. More excellence from Kurt (as l call him). I also learnt from this that 'Of mice and men' is from a Robert Burns poem (To a Mouse).

A selection of letters, drawings, and a speech given just before he died, mainly concerning war. I prefer the novels, but this was still pretty good. Has a foreword from his son.

After re-reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut ( I got myself a hankering to read some more of his stuff. I have since ploughed through the above, which have also been pretty damn good. I aim to continue with his stuff until the quality drops (or l do).

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