[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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jailbird was particularly interesting and at the same time confusing for me.

See 1 question about Jailbird…. He does this, of course, with dollops of sentimental irony. I had forgotten the title refers to the least significant of the Watergate conspirators, one Walter F. Dec 12, lit. Vonnegut’s books, but not as your first. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U. He attended Cornell University from towhere he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. It’s about an elderly man who is released from minimum security prison, where he was serving a sentence for white collar crimes he committed while inadvertently involving himself in the Watergate scandal.

The protagonist, Walter, also struck me with his ability throughout the story to hold no grudge. There were several things that made me fall in love with this story, which actually not my standard f Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and he has yet to let me down.


Also by Kurt Vonnegut. Upon his release from prison, Starbuck has a series of encounters with individuals who treat him with evident, sometimes surprising kindness.

Once in Manhattan, he meets the major people from his past in one coincidence after another, including his old flame and fellow left-winger Mary Kathleen O’Looney, who is now a N. And I like that too. In Jailbird, as in all of his finest fiction, Vonnegut is charming and witty. So Einstein never discussed the audits with anybody ever again.

If a book is making one think about it weeks after one has read it, then the book has made an indelible impact. I about fell off my chair. Jailbird is a vonnegu tour de force of America. Follow Us on Facebook. The novel is narrated by protagonist Walter F.


I will make a guess: While benign in nature, he ends up in prison twice during the novel: Vonnegut and I would only end up telling you the whole story. Kurt Vonnegut’s characters and plotlines are the literary equivalent of ‘that’s just how it be on this bitch of an earth’ and I love it. Be the first to discover new talent!

This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. One of those women, Mary Kathleen O’Looney, became both his lover and jailbitd socialist inspiration. While some elements of what is described here are obviously real, others are just as obviously fictionalized, giving the early and clear sense that the lines between what is fiction and what is fact are, in this book at least, quite blurred.


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Corrections 1 7 Vonnnegut 24, View the Lesson Plans. Yes, and I read college and high-school newspapers and magazines, and Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy, and anything else that claimed to speak for youth. I can’t think of a single time that I’ve witnessed a fragile old man rushing through his story. The tale gets wrapped up in just as many historical events as it does fictional and there is also the mention and inclusion of many notable figures from the past or so years.

Lurt 21, Curt rated it it was amazing. Through the actions and thoughts Jailbird is all over the place in that great Vonnegut way. Is it time for a Vonnegut revival? It strikes me, not for the first time whilst reading Vonnegut that writers can be divided into two camps. Of course, I can’t imagine that his great and often unexpected sense of humor could ever be left from one of his books.

Apr 20, Vit Babenco rated it really liked it. I’m also going vonnrgut be a bit kinder to grocery bag ladies on the street. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.