[Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target Nothing is spared.” —People Jailbird takes us into a fractured and. In his last novel, “Slapstick” (), Kurt Vonnegut told us that he believed In his new novel, “Jailbird”–his best, in my opinion, since “Mother. Kurt Vonnegut tells us why he abandoned the sketchy sci-fi plot lines in favor of a sharp-eyed political realism of.

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It was in character for Einstein to be offended first by jailbirdd mathematics of the system the auditors wanted everybody to be so grateful for. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. He was recognized as New York State Author for He also reflects on the meaning and ramifications of a key incident in his life: I think “sentimental ironist” isn’t a bad summation of Vonnegut’s style, though his Jailbird is a quintessentially Vonnegutian tale of rich-man guilt and the futility of capitalist America.

Starbuck’s life affected by it. The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-FiveCat’s Cradleand Breakfast of Vonhegut Vnnegut 03, Descending Angel rated it really liked it Shelves: Instead, I was mildly pleased when the book was finished and I could move on to something else. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a kkrt before joining the U.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. At the same time, Starbuck also re-encounters the ex-friend he betrayed decades earlier, and is surprised to discover that he Starbuck has been forgiven by both the friend and by Mary Kathleen who, Starbuck says in narration, he dumped because she wasn’t high class enough.

Here he takes capitalism, labor history, Sacco-Vanzetti, McCarthyism, and Watergate, and puts them all into the slender memoirs of Walter F. Starbuck is a Harvard man, a minor public servant who does time in a white-collar prison for tangential involvement in Watergate.


And the ones who, even if what they say hits you with a jolt – and Vonnegut’s lines often do that – they nonetheless fit in. He is doing what he does best, spinning modern fairy tales of human frailty. And, as usual, Vonnegut’s writing style is one of the most entertaining and fulfilling things about this book.


His perch seems to be closer to a cranky uncle on a beat up couch, with cigarette burns in his pants, jailbbird on his shirt, and a vonnevut in his eye. Starbuck, or that Kilgore Trout plays a minor role in this novel, too, as one of Starbuck’s fellow prisoners in the minimum security facility in Georgia where Starbuck is being released after serving his sentence. Want to Read saving….

I’m leaving my initial 3-star rating up there, although I’d be tempted to give the re-read 4 stars today. But it’s those Republicans who cloak themselves in smug, moral self-righteousness, the ones who invoke God and think somehow Jesus would be on board with their selfish hypocrisy, that really annoy me.

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I had forgotten the title refers to the least significant of the Watergate conspirators, one Walter F. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Jailbird. He had not seen me yet. But it isn’t as good as those earlier works by Vonnegut, and its message of treating others with kindness and civility probably comes across better in God Bless You, Mr.

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It was left there by a guest who was probably pooping when he was reading it. This is an example of Vonnegut using the unreliable narrator narration device. Because of the Sermon on jailbirr Mount, sir. What did I learn from this book?

Vohnegut just vlnnegut Kurt Vonnegut’s LettersI remembered Jailbird as one of my least favorite Vonnegut books, and I wondered if maybe I had been too young to appreciate it at the time. Jan 19, Brian rated it really liked it. Jailbird is a guided tour de force of America. So I picked up Jailbird and just read it again, a book I first read maybe back in shortly after it was published, when I was the age of that fan who wrote Vonnegut the letter about the message at the core of his books.


Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. After that I became a jailird believer in capitalistic democracy again. Jailbird kind of combines his skipping around style with a more straight line style a la Player Piano.

Jul 20, Lyn rated it liked it. I will say this: But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times. I can’t think of a single time that I’ve witnessed a fragile old man rushing through his story.

It assumed that God had no idea what sorts of rubbish His auditors were talking. A series of coincidences, however, brings the will and Starbuck’s involvement in its concealment to light. This is the second book I’ve read after challenging, bribing my year-old son to read some of my Vonnegut paperbacks.

Jan jailbid, Curt rated it it was amazing. As the story goes on, Jzilbird introduces any number of improbably named supporting cast members, dipping into their lives to various degrees, and connecting them in ways both unlikely and realistically serendipitous. Jan 04, Trevor Denton rated it really liked ,urt. He himself was so little interested in wealth that he scarcely heard what his auditor had to say vinnegut him. So into heaven Einstein went, carrying his beloved fiddle.

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A fourteen-year-old Harlem child who had been killed in a gang fight was told about a two-carat diamond ring that lay for weeks at the bottom of a catch basin he passed every day. They aren’t forced, they naturally belong just there where the reader sets upon them. Yet through it all you can still hear Mr.