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Bluebeard was written in 1988. Rabo Karabekian is an old abstract expressionist painter who is obsessive about his painting collection. He his missing one eye from the war. In the beginning the reader learns that he is very private, with a sense of humour. A young woman, Circe Berman shows up on his property and Rabo, not knowing that she planned to stay for a long time, invites her to stay with him. She makes him write to get out his frustrations so he ...
Rudy Waltz was just a child of 12 when his life changed irrevocably. On a whim, he fired a gun into the air, not knowing that the bullet would kill a pregnant housewife. Ostracized both by this and the fact that his father was once a benefactor of a destitute painter named Adolf Hitler, Rudy seeks to make sense of the world and the town of Midland City, Ohio by writing plays....
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Eliot Rosewater is a member of a rich family and the son of a Republican senator. After serving in the Second World War, Eliot is hospitalized for “combat fatigue” in Paris, where he meets Sylvia who becomes his wife. He finishes up his law degree at Harvard and goes on to get a doctorate in international law. Upon his graduation he is given the presidency of the Goldwater Foundation and the responsibility to oversee $87,000,000, give or take a few hund...
Eugene Debs Hartke is a Vietnam veteran known as the Preacher because he doesn't utter profanities. The book takes place at Tarkington College where Eugene has become a teacher. Across the valley there is a prison for Black prisoners run by a Japanese corporation. The story interweaves Vonnegut's comments on the social woes of mankind and the socio-economic state of America in 2001 with anti war feelings towards WWI WWII Hiroshima and the Vietnam War. ...
Howard W. Campbell is, to most, a war criminal and a traitor to his country. Before World War II, Campbell lived in Germany and married a German actress. Once the war started, he was contacted by American agents who persuaded him to send coded messages in propaganda broadcasts aimed at turning Americans into Nazis. His life is destroyed, his wife disappears, and Campbell is brought back to the U.S. in secrecy. Now, years later, his location is discovered...
Vonnegut gives an excellant synopsis of the irony in human behavior, and the dangers that lie ahead. The book is slightly dated.... but the philosophy isn't....
Kurt Vonnegut Message Board 12/7/2010 7:53:41 PM
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