In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of his best-loved literary creations on the scene.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 1
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 21/05/1992
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099842606
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Review by zappa
It's 1972, remember. Authors are playing with the relationship between author as Creator and Creator as defunct. Gunther Grass, in <i>Cat and Mouse</i> (by memory - as I can't find my copy) flings the skies across the heavens in an act of authorial creativity at around the same time Vonnegut was calling Trout and Hoover <i>ex nihilo</i>. It makes a point, perhaps. Vonnegut makes many points in this romp. Some he makes well, others I sense he loses control of. He parodies much of the malaise of 1970s americana, though he overdoes penis size. We end up with escapism-with-meaning. Vonnegut can do better - but many have done worse.
Review by PilgrimJess
“He couldn't tell the difference between one politician and another. They were all formlessly enthusiastic chimpanzees to him.” It is said that author wrote this book for himself to mark his 50th birthday and that he was rather disappointed with it, well not me. The book revolves around to main characters Kilgore Trout, a sci-fi author whom no one has ever heard of bar one fan and certainly has made no money from his trade and Dwayne Hoover, a second hand car dealer who everyone seems to think has everything but who is slowly slipping into madness.This lovely book is full of wonderful satire as Vonnegut, with Kilgore Trout being an almost autobiographical figure, and takes a sideways swipe at the art of writing and American culture. Nothing seems to be off limits, racism, politics, green issues, crime and corruption, drug use and abuse, insanity, parenting to name but a few. The juxtaposition of the many ideas and sketches continually amazed and tickled me making me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.The prose is simple and easy to understand and once picked up this is a hard book to put down as you are never quite sure onto what tangent it will be leaping off onto next. Perhaps the ending is a little abrupt but all the same is still a very good read. He certainly managed to give me a new appreciation of 'beavers.'“Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.”