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Ome to PDFEPUBVonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision Alternative cover edition here.. 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 the Monkey PDFEPUB #182 House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works Originally printed in p. Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut is a collection of short stories from the 50s and 60s and demonstrates Vonnegut s tremendous range as a writer I have read one critic who did not like Vonnegut saying that all of his novels are essentially the same with his voice and tone narrating each new set of facts I agreed somewhat but still liked the way he writes and have enjoyed every one of his works I have read The stories in this collection however written earlier than most of his novels displays a great variety of themes and models and though Vonnegut s signature humor is evident in many he shows a different often emotional side in many stories Harrison Bergeron the dystopian classic is undoubtedly the most recognizable of these shorts but several others have clearly been influential to other writers and filmmakers Welcome to the Monkey House and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow both address over population but from Vonnegut s uniue perspective Several stories speak to Vonnegut s stance on demilitarization and illuminating the idiocy of industrial war making Stories like DP Adam and Next Door though originally published in Ladies Home Journal and Cosmopolitan reveal an unguarded sentimentality and humanity that is not as evident in much of Vonnegut s later works A very good read 2019 re readKurt Vonnegut s 1968 anthology of previously published short stories is a good introduction to his earlier work Most of these were written in the 50s and early 60s and represent a mainstream side of him that many of his fans and those not yet accustomed to his work would not readily recognizeActually I was struck by how much like Ray Bradbury many of these were Stories like Who am I this time and The Foster Portfolio could have been penned by Ray Makes me wonder how much of an influence RB was on KVStories that stand out this time around are The Hyannis Port Story which I remember liking before and Deer in the Works which was likely connected to his work on his novel Player PianoMost endearing was DP which was first published in the August 1953 edition of the Ladies Home Journal is about a little boy in Germany after the second world war He has brown skin and blue eyes and the sisters in the orphanage and the local villagers accept that he is likely the offspring of a German girl and an American soldier When a group of US soldiers visit the area he takes to one of the men who must surely be his papa
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Ublications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly these superb stories share Welc. The world is overpopulated and they have Ethical Suicide Parlors where public minded citizens are encouraged to go in and get a lethal injection from the attractive hostesses There s a big thermometer outside showing how many people there currently are in the worldSo the guy comes in and he s chatting with the hostess He wants to know how much the mercury will go down if he decides to do it A footNo she saysAn inchNot uite she saysSuddenly he changes his tone Every inch he says represents seventeen million people That s not the right way to look at it she says But she doesn t say what is the right way to look at itEver since reading this story as a teenager I ve been unable to take anyone seriously who uses the expression That s not the right way to look at it Not my fault Blame the late Mr Vonnegut