Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, He was the New York Times bestselling . The best thing in this posthumous collection of previously unpublished odds and ends by Kurt Vonnegut is a great piece of writing, the strongest. First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new writings – a fitting tribute to the author, and.

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Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace

I love this vonnefut. Though there’s something curious about the way he tells a story that lures me back in, always, and I’ve yet to go a year without reading a Kurt Vonnegut book. Most of them have something to do with war, with World War II, with the bombing of Dresden … at every level Vonnegut examines the assumptions and rationalizations we attempt to internalize about the morality of conducting war.

The most spiritually splendid American phenomenon of my lifetime is how African-American citizens have maintained their dignity and self-respect, despite their having been treated by white Americans, both in and out of government, and simply because of khrt skin color, as though they were contemptible fonnegut loathsome, and even diseased. This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire.

He’s out of here

Then, we come to the main part retrosspect the book, the short stories. A retrosppect is a terrible thing to ruin. Despite the familiarity of the material, this piece is useful for laying out exactly where Vonnegut thinks humanity goes wrong, exactly what syndromes he believes it suffers from. And every squeak was echoed loudly. So it feels a little odd to be reading Armageddon in Retrospecttheoretically his last work unless his estate publishes more unpublished tidbitsalready.


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For those bits alone it’s well worth the price for any Vonnegut fan, if you are not a fan then you’d be better off with one of his more popular books. Honestly, these stories seem to me to be some of the most frank and least funny stories Vonnehut can’t remember reading by him.

I would rather remember Vonnegut for his novels than this conglomeration of stuff. Showing of 81 reviews. Especially, as our world again grapples with it’s ability to destroy itself in countless ways. Apr 01, Minutes Buy. Armageddon In Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut I read this in about 48 hours in Prague and was perfect to reetrospect read whilst sitting on our window ledge overlooking the Old Town Square and opposite the Astronomical Clock.

It’s a conflicting juxtaposition and yet it is true. I highly recommend this book.

The day after the destruction of Dresden, largely by US bombers, the American prisoners are taken to the edge of town and bedded down in the rretrospect of an inn, kept by a blind inn-keeper. Also by Kurt Vonnegut. There can be no doubt that the Allies fought on the side of right and the Germans and Japanese on the side of wrong.

Eliot, rising from his seat in the bus, beheld the firestorm of Indianapolis.

Rip Torn, whose acting I admire, narrated and was almost laughable but not krut a good way, especially when doing accents and dialects. His is a voice that speaks not for a generation or for a people or for a school of thought but merely out of a conviction that all humans deserve a healthy dose of dignity and levity.

The story finally comes full circle with a second twist, which results in a reveal vvonnegut what the cabinetmaker had been planning all along. It wasn’t, I suspect, so much that he hated the world, more that the world had let him down, and this farewell volume has left me with sympathy, affection, admiration and gratitude, but without much hope.


The season of locking was over. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A Man Without a Country Paperback. I’m not sure about this collection of essays, speeches, short stories and what-all.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: It’s as if he lets an artistic facade down and reveals his personal thoughts and feelings in these stories. However, if you’re a Vonnegut enthusiast this book provides a lot of interesting material. My parents moved us to the Cape when I was 4 after he sold a few short stories. It was disgust with civilization. Like much of the best satire, it feels breezy and off the cuff, but as the introduction by Vonnegut’s son reminds us, writing which seems that way is almost always deceptive, hard-earned, much-revised.

Ironic because, although Armageddon in Retrospect comes nearly 40 years after Slaughterhouse-Five, the famous phrase seems to have expressed to the end Vonnegut’s view of the world – so it goes, so it goes, so it goes Great masses of essays and remarks and letters and stories organized only in chronological order.

A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace.

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