Bagombo Snuff Box, Paperback Book
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It's New York, 1950. A young PR man working at General Electric sold his first magazine piece.

By the time he'd sold his third, he decided to quit his job and join the likes of Salinger, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner, and make a living as a full-time writer.

That young man was Kurt Vonnegut. "Bagombo Snuff Box" collects Vonnegut's favourite stories from the postwar years that sharpened his dark, vaudevillian and quietly subversive voice.

Here we see the mind-bending wit and central themes of his masterpiece, "Slaughterhouse-Five".

This is a must-read for Vonnegut aficionados new and old.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
  • ISBN: 9780099282969

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I really enjoyed these short stories. These aren't sconce fiction except for one or two stories. It demonstates Vonnegut's mastery of storytelling. He could make a rock sound intersting. I love his introductions and epilogues. It really delves into the root of all of his stories and demonstates he doesn't take himself too seriously. These are the stories he had written before and during his first major novel, player piano. Many of the characters, plots and settings are revisited in depth in his later works. It's nice to read them here in their infancy. This book is more for the already established Vonnegut fan for that reason specifically. Fab lines:It proves that the short story, because of its phsiological and psychological effects on a human being, is more closely related to Buddhist styles of meditation than it is to any other form of narrative entertainment...a Buddhist cat-napReading a novel, War and Peace for example, is no Catnap. Because a novel is so long, reading one is like being married forever to somebody nobody knows or cares about.