Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, He was the New York Times bestselling . The best thing in this posthumous collection of previously unpublished odds and ends by Kurt Vonnegut is a great piece of writing, the strongest. First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new writings – a fitting tribute to the author, and.

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He had a purpose, and that purpose was to testify about what he witnessed armagedcon what he learned as an American soldier vonnnegut prisoner of war in Germany near the end of World War II. There were a few 5 star stories that really put a face on the horrors of war perfectly, but most wandered about in a rather long-winded manner which didn’t do the point any favors. The new American commander also wants furniture: Although the short stories are the bulk of the book but what makes this a must have for any Vonnegut fan is his nonfiction account of the bombing of Dresden, addressed in far more detail than any of his writings in the past many of the short stories are also set in circa WWII Germany and offer a personal glimpse of the author not usually seen in his other works.

His speech is peppered with jokes—including one about a man who was smuggling wheelbarrows, which I found hilarious—and absurd asides. Time-shift occurs less often in Armageddon in Retrospect, and so Vonnegut’s gift of nuanced ambiguity is less apparent too.


Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace by Kurt Vonnegut

The title alone told me it would be dreary and the title, for the most part, didn’t lie. Write a customer review. Nonetheless, I vonnwgut this. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Apr 06, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The book takes many twists and turns, but ends in the same place God Bless You, Mr.

They are all stories of war or violence of some sort. There was no movement. Back in the s, you wrote a memoir of your mental breakdown and recovery called The Eden Express.

Preview — Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Kkurt. We are experiencing technical difficulties. But then later I learned that Vonnegut thought of himself as a socialist and had some very sad other strange ideas, very much not in keeping with his basically realistic perspective in “Harrison Bergeron”, or peaceful, positive nature, as “Slaughterhouse Five” demonstrated.

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Is this all making sense? I wonder if the publisher was trying to take advantage of Vonnegut’s recent death. Confirmed Vonnegut fans will like it. If you like Kurt Vonnegut then this is essential, it is also a good present to give anyone who needs convincing that War is a bad thing.

Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut

Apparently this was the sum of the author’s wartime experience. He was awed by the majesty of the column of fire, which was at least eight miles in diameter and fifty miles high. Collected short stories are cool. Closing this book with a touch of disappointment, I went back to Slaughterhouse-Five and found a passage that is my own epitome of the Vonnegut genius. A Collection of Retrospetc Unpublished Writing. Never trust my rating on a Vonnegut. iin


Mar 30, Eric rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Apr 10, Gerry rated it it was ok. The latter is very easy to interpret in light of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Very few other people show such clear vision of their societies’ absurdities, and even fewer can use humor to make such vision bearable for so many readers. I pay only for one cover, one pass through the conveyor belt, one trip on a flatbed truck.

Vonnegut, who hated his Nazi captors, nonetheless loved the city for its rich cultural past and pacific part in the war. The most spiritually splendid American phenomenon of my lifetime is how African-American citizens hav Quoting the author: Return to Book Page.

Illustrations are interspersed between each story, and two in particular—colourful doodles on sticky notes—caught my eye.

The stories were organized so that the lighter stories alternated with the heavier ones. Some of the stories were heartbreaking, others whimsical. Stuff I loved about this vonnfgut Some of the tales are funny and some are poignant and will rip your heart out. A legacy is a terrible thing to ruin.