Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most popular novelists in America, and his popularity seems to be increasing. His latest, “Slapstick, or Lonesome. While a young PR man at General Electric, KURT VONNEGUT () sold his first short story to one of the many literary publications that were thriving. Slapstick [Kurt Vonnegut] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Flying to a favorite uncle’s funeral in Indianapolis, middle-aged Kurt Vonnegut.

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Eliza is still deemed retarded, and is sent to a mental institution. There are other, stronger Vonneguts where I could have started, but I’m also trying to go through my Library of America Vonnegut: He is world weary but able to laugh at the weird way humans treat each other. However, in hindsight, I don’t believe I’ve read a happy ending in any of his works.

Other times they just flop around uselessly, sort of cute but really kind of gross, like a beagle without any legs. It is somehow ingrained in the desperation of the prose, and the foolish hope dlapstick desire to well, not be lonely anymore.

Any other Sunflower’s out there? After the death of my mother, I quit reading fiction for many years.

Slapstick or Lonesome No More!

Chapters 8, 9 and So, I’ve decided to read a lot of the Vonnegut novels he’s going to be reading before the end of the year too. The story flows along, the writing is never clunky or hard to understand. As the author explains in an extended prologue, his sister died of cancer ina mere two days after her husband had also died in a train accident.


Swain is a hideous man whose ugliness, along with that of his twin sister Eliza, led their parents to cut them off from modern society. Wilbur gives away his last remaining pills of tri-benzo-Deportamil and has sex with the widow during his arduous withdrawal period. I enjoyed this immensely, probably even more than vonnegtu first time I read vonnwgut probably back in Jan 01, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 27, Katya Bogdanov rated it it was amazing.

Separately, they are much less intelligent, calling their alter-egos Bobby and Betty Brown.

Slapstick: Or, Lonesome No More! Summary & Study Guide

Through reading and philosophizing vojnegut, Wilbur and Eliza combated the feelings of loneliness and isolation that would otherwise have ruined their childhood. The introduction gives you an immediate idea of why Vonnegut steps out of his comfort zone on this one. I was prompted to re-read this Vonnegut novel by a non-fiction work that I read recently.

We thought that slasptick was simply amusing to people in the outside world. Chapters 35 and It is about what life feels like to me.

Slapstick: Emma Reacts – Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

May 15, Vonnetut Lacivita rated it really liked it. Vonnegut also uses elements of grotesque to further illustrate his none too subtle rebuke of egalitarianism.

Experimentation with social theory is just one subject this book touches upon. Also, the President of the United States oddly enough, he is the narrator decides that all people will be given a new middle name, which along with 9, other people, will form the basis of a new family of relatives. I read ‘Cat’s Cradle’ when I was in kuet school and taking a lot of ecstasy, so Vonneugt hated everything except the Chemical Brothers.


Slapstick: Or, Lonesome No More! Summary & Study Guide

I know she left those on purpose just to make me laugh. The latter would be Slapstick.

Other times they just flop around uselessly, sort of cute but really kind of gross, like a beagle The problem I have with most Vonnegut books is that they feel like they’ve been churned out of a random plot generator machine. The novel was written shortly after the death of the author’s uncle, and in fact the idea for the entire book came to Vonnegut in a dream he had on a plane on the way to the funeral.

Throughout the book, Wilbur claims that his sister Eliza is the more intelligent of the two, but that no one realizes it because vonnegug can’t read or write.

Ignore the early reviews of it and give it a read.