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And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J Shields
And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

Kathleen Long, March 4, 2012

I wish I had read reviews before I read Shields' biography of one of my favorite authors. I do, as the previous reviewer warned, like Vonnegut less after reading. Call me a romantic, but there is an undertow of negativity throughout the book--perhaps Shields is angry with Vonnegut for dying before he could really get to know the man personally. Or maybe he is jealous of Vonnegut's success as a writer. The tone Shields creates through decidedly extensive research, is one of a whining, lackluster talent who manuevers and manipulates his persona and his writing to fit the current market. I find the book harsh. It literally leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I have no problem with one of my literary heroes having a dark side--you cannot read Vonnegut without experiencing his depression--or having feet of clay, but there is an unsettling meanstreak throughout this biography. I suggest you skip it, if you are as fond of Vonnegut as I.
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