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E Vonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision Alternative cover edition he 1982 January 62014 October 3Where I Live Keenly observed I wonder what an update would be like 50 years onHarrison Bergeron This one has aged a bit but it s still goodWho Am I This Time I vividly recall the American Playhouse production with Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken MagicWelcome to the Monkey House Likewise aged not that there aren t people who would be delighted to see the sex drive killed for everyone else but those people tend not to be in favor of birth control or assisted suicideLong Walk to Forever This is the story that made me want to reread the collection particularly A walk said Catharine One foot in front of the othersaid NewtThrough leavesover bridges Vonnegut repeats that line through leaves over bridges several times and it is amazing how much emotion he manages to convey in that utterly prosaic phrase It kills me As does Vonnegut s preferred title Hell to Get Along With which should probably be the title of every proposal story everThe Foster Portfolio HehMiss Temptation I m not Yellowstone Park she said I m not supported by taxes I don t belong to everybody You don t have any right to say anything about the way I look Vonnegut understands and conveys in 1956 mind youa point which still continues to elude many supposed adults even todayAll the King s Horses A rather dark musing on war but not too darkTom Edison s Shaggy Dog Just perfectly amusingNew Dictionary Would go well paired with David Foster Wallace s review of dictionariesNext Door Oh myMore Stately Mansions This is another one that has lived long in my memory It s a very kind and accepting and loving sort of story about a uirky possibly annoying as hell character And also the obsession with having the perfect home has only become stronger and widespreadThe Hyannis Port Story Another really sweet story that still manages to be cynical and funnyDP Vonnegut writes children so well so real Not at all like Salinger s improbable paragons A most unusual war storyReport on the Barnhouse Effect Interesting to compare this with LeGuin s Lathe of Heaven in focus and tone and characterizationThe Euphio uestion Amusingly presentedGo Back to Your Precious Wife and Son Oh I love this the contrast between the couples the shower enclosure Why doesn t anyone write stories from the point of view of storm window installers these daysDeer in the Works I d say this one has exerted a small but deeply felt influence over my whole world viewThe Lie Vonnegut can be warmly sympathetic to unlikely charactersUnready to Wear No uestion that I love this storyThe Kid Nobody Could Handle An appreciation of the importance of finding one s home in every senseThe Manned Missiles Perhaps the world didn t go this way because Vonnegut warned us against it Interesting note he thinks Earth will look green from spaceEPICAC Unlike some of his peers Vonnegut can easily imagine a brilliant mathematician who happens to be a womanAdam Another sweet story that isn t sentimental at allTomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Boy was the population explosion a big dealIt s been than 30 years since I first read this book and a while since I ve read anything else by Vonnegut But rereading I can t help notice how completely I ve absorbed the Vonnegut mindset into my own Most of my favorite authors these days I love for their humanism their warmth their sympathy and their humor Most of that must have come from Vonnegut since I can t recall any one else I read in high school who was similar except Douglas Adams These are not bad people to have been raised byKindle library copy
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Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works Originally printed in publicatio Every epoch tells its stories its own way and Kurt Vonnegut managed to catch the spirit of the last midcentury perfectlyThe Year was 2081 and everybody was finally eual They weren t only eual before God and the law They were eual every which way Nobody was smarter than anybody else Nobody was better looking than anybody else Nobody was stronger or uicker than anybody elseThe absolute conformity is a paradise for politiciansThe tales may be mockingly dystopian vaguely romantic or just everyday life scenes but everything is tinted with a slenderly blackish humour and somewhat bitter irony And every story exudes an inimitable psychedelic aura Now I understand you poor fish I said You couldn t get along without fear That s the only skill you ve got how to scare yourselves and other people into doing things That s the only fun you ve got watching people jump for fear of what you ll do to their bodies or take away from their bodies Time passes some things change and some things remain the same
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Ns as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly these superb stories shar This is a master class in the art of short story writing Every short story is finely crafted Many have humor many have heartbreak many have subtle romance Almost all have commentary on society especially American society that is as relevant today as it was in the 1950s What are these stories missing You reader It s missing you to unlock their meaning and beauty