What is the opinion of Vonnegut around here? I don't hear much about his works, especially outside slaughterhouse 5
And if you like these, read Sirens of Titan and Monkey House, and maybe Galapagos
Maybe Player Piano if you're salty about the current economy (or, in a cushy tech job/in school for a cushy tech job)
I'll always have a soft spot for him because he was the first author that got me into actual literature instead of ya. I think that's the best way to look at him, that he's a very good introduction to writing capable of really making you think and feel.
I read all his shit. I really like the 40s and 50s atomic age theme and the personalities it generates. But I don't consider him good, nor would I tell people I've read him irl.
Ok call me a pleb now.
Anyone else read Bluebeard? IMO it's right up there with Slaughterhouse 5 but no one ever acknowledges it. It deals with all his usual themes and tropes, but it even has
a happy ending.
Why would you read all his shit if you don't consider him good?
Not WW2 but The Things They Carried would probably interest you.
Mah nigga. Of all his novels I've read, here's my ranking:
SH5>Bluebeard>Cat's Cradle=Sirens of Titan>Breakfast of Champions>Galapagos>Mother Night>Timequake> Mr. Rosewater
Someday I'll get around to reading the rest of them.
In the context of the novel I think it works really well. The probably is it's so often abused and overused by every loser who reads the book. I wouldn't be surprised if it was spoiled in your mind before you even started.
Whenever someone asks me what I think about KV I just show them this bad boy....
I just take my socks and shoes off or show them my Tumblr
I actually read the things they carried already and it was interesting. I thought the main message about storytelling and truth to be a bit strange but the war experiences were certainly well done. That one chapter with the guy who went home, drove around his town in circles, and
hung himselfwas great, killing the water buffalo, Kiowa being dragged down into the muck, all really good scenes
Anybody know more ww2-centric stuff like this, though? Something about the era really hits me emotionally, I think. Catch-22 gets shat on here sometimes but that's why I enjoyed that book too.
There's something about the brutality and trauma of it mixed with America's cultural optimism of the time that seems really cool to me. My grandfather fought in it as well and I never got to meet him, so I always wished I had been able to sit down and hear about his experiences.
If you want an atypical WWII book, I'd suggest The Cannibal. It's written from the perspective of the Germans though so it's probably not what you're looking for at all. The author was an American ambulance driver during WWII.
I've read six of his books and I'm starting to lose interest in them. I only have a few more I'm interested in but I think his best books are probably some of his most popular.
Sirens of Titan, Cat's Cradle, Slaughter House 5 are all fantastic. I'd even argue that Mother Night is an underrated book of his.
I think I tried starting that one a while ago but put it down after the first few chapters. For a while I used Vonnegut's stuff as a sort of palette cleanser between longer, more intensive reads, and I wore myself out reading too many of them too close together.
I read slaughterhouse 5 a few months ago, it's the only novel I've read from Vonnegut and probably the only one I'll ever read.
I found it poorly written and sloppy in general. Started off great but it soon went downhill. Some say that it's genius in it's execution, I disagree.
>I found it poorly written
I can kind of understand where you're coming from (I think). The prose isn't especially great in and of itself, but it all adds to absurdity and humor of the story. Form follows function, simply put. You kind of get the feeling you're listening to your drunk uncle telling you some zany bullshit after Christmas dinner, and for that I find it charming and endearing.
>sloppy in general
This I cannot abide. The plot is so tight and every line so purposeful I simply don't see what you could mean by sloppy.
Like >>7675853 I'd be interested to hear more specifically what you didn't like about it.
He's the mediocre writer I'd love to read in high school, but now he offers almost nothing. He isn't as pomo as Pynchon (who I hate for different reasons) or 'lol random quirky' like Dick. Reading him is such an ambivalent experience.
He's alright at best. Mother Night, Sirens of Titan, S5, and maybe Breakfast all had elements of something better but as a whole were pretty lacking. His status (admittedly not entirely his fault) as a preteen-author hasn't helped him any, either.
He heavily influenced one of my favorite vidya games, so I like him. I've only read SH-5 though.
Girl in my lit class has this tattoo (without the anus).
How do I fuck her?