Results tagged “Vonnegut” from kwc blog

So it goes


Book: Hocus Pocus


I'm trying to burst through my reading backlog in an attempt to catch-up before a large Amazon order arrives with more books. Hocus Pocus made it into the queue because I've been meaning to read some more Vonnegut, and, besides, according to this test my book personality is Cat's Cradle.

Hocus Pocus brings my own Vonnegut reading into more current times, with the Vietnam War legacy, the American prison system, race relations, infidelity, religion, and selling of America all entering Vonnegut's blender. It's hard for me to find it as sharp as Slaughterhouse Five or Cat's Cradle, but the first exposure always feels brighter and this was an entertaining read in its own right.

Quotes in the extended entry.

Book: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater


I started reading this book b/c I couldn't stand other book I had chosen to read (Everything is Illuminated), and I'm glad I made the switch. It's not as good as Cat's Cradle, and despite similar background elements (Kilgore Trout, poo-tee-weet, Tralfamadore), it's not nearly as good as Slaughterhouse Five, but it was still an interesting read. Vonnegut juxtaposes rich and poor, and questions who is less deserving of their fortunes, and mocks the hypocrisy of the rich-born criticizing welfare. There's also plenty of dark humor, and bathroom wall humor that kept me laughing to myself through out. Thematically, this book goes well with a book like You Shall Know Our Velocity, so if you haven't had your fill of charity satire, you can read both.

WARNING: everything from here on is a spoiler, and isn't much use to anyone who hasn't read the book, and it's not much use even if you have.

Book: Cat's Cradle


I just finished Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, and I thought I'd use the opportunity to play with the new "search inside" feature on Amazon (Wired News: The Great Library of Amazonia). This isn't a review as much as it is a guide to some of my favorite moments of humor in the book, as well as a list of Bokonism keywords to play with the new search feature. This is my first attempt at this, so please feel free to point out problems or offer suggestions.

Note: If you haven't read the book, this guide won't be of much use to you, and it will certainly spoil the book.