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Armageddon in Retrospect

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ISBN13: 9780425226896
ISBN10: 0425226891
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The first and only collection of unpublished works by Kurt Vonnegut since his deathaa fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace, and humanityas tendency toward violence.

Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new and unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegutas trademark rueful humor, the pieces range from a visceral nonfiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden during World War IIaan essay that is as timely today as it was thenato a painfully funny short story about three Army privates and their fantasies of the perfect first meal upon returning home from war, to a darker, more poignant story about the impossibility of shielding our children from the temptations of violence. Also included are Vonnegutas last speech as well as an assortment of his artwork, and an introduction by the authoras son, Mark Vonnegut. Armageddon in Retrospect says as much about the times in which we live as it does about the genius of the writer.

Review:

"When Kurt Vonnegut died in April 2007, the world lost a wry commentator on the human condition. Thanks to this collection of unpublished fiction and nonfiction, Vonnegut's voice returns full force. Introduced by his son, these writings dwell on war and peace, especially the firebombing of Dresden, Germany. The volume opens with a poignant 1945 letter from Pfc. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. to his father in Indianapolis, presenting a vivid portrait of his harrowing escape from that city. The fiction, full of his characteristic humor, includes stories about time travel and the impossibility of peace in the world ('Great Day') and, in the title piece, a kind of mock Paradise Lost, Dr. Lucifer Mephisto teaches his charges about the insidious nature of evil and the impossibility of good ever triumphing. In his final speech, Vonnegut lets go some of his zingers (jazz is 'safe sex of the highest order') and does what he always did best, tell the truth through jokes: 'And how should we behave during the Apocalypse? We should be unusually kind to one another, certainly. But we should also stop being so serious. Jokes help a lot. And get a dog, if you don't already have one.' So it goes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Not the best introduction to Vonnegut, but certainly fascinating for his countless fans." Booklist

Review:

"Readers of Vonnegut's books won't find any surprises here, but because he is at his sardonic best when working in short form, they won't be let down by his humor and poignancy, either. Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"This new collection...shows him at his best and worst. The satiric parables seem obvious and strained, but when he creates characters who suffer and question the world around them, he's at his best." Providence Journal

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestseller-a "gripping" posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war.

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. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today's world.

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922-April 11, 2007), was a writer, lecturer, and painter. First published in 1950, he went on to write fourteen novels, four plays, and three short story collections, in addition to countless works of short fiction and nonfiction.

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wurdnurd, June 13, 2011 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
Tragic. Hilarious. Touching. Gruesome. Heart-breaking. Each of these stand-alone essays and short stories ruminates on the perils of war, mostly from the soldier’s point of view. There are few writers who are so imaginative, so eloquent and so talented, yet so thoroughly knowledgeable of the brutality and unfairness of war. Each of these essays elicits a keen emotion, whether it be joy, amusement, bewilderment or depression.
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Ronin Talken, May 21, 2009 (view all comments by Ronin Talken)
There's a reason Kurt Vonnegut has a novel in the list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. If you're looking for a light, easy read -- prepare to be blown away. Vonnegut's writing style is delineating and somewhat abstract, but engaging as only Modern writers can be. I highly recommend this book, and any other by Vonnegut, to anyone hoping to gain a grasp on literature as an art form. You'll have an incomplete perception of the art otherwise; however, casual readers shouldn't feel overwhelmed. Vonnegut engages contemporary, connectible issues and tropes -- it's no Ulysses, so don't worry! It's not the easiest read, but it's not a work-out either.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425226896
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.10x5.50x.70 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Kurt Vonnegut died in April 2007, the world lost a wry commentator on the human condition. Thanks to this collection of unpublished fiction and nonfiction, Vonnegut's voice returns full force. Introduced by his son, these writings dwell on war and peace, especially the firebombing of Dresden, Germany. The volume opens with a poignant 1945 letter from Pfc. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. to his father in Indianapolis, presenting a vivid portrait of his harrowing escape from that city. The fiction, full of his characteristic humor, includes stories about time travel and the impossibility of peace in the world ('Great Day') and, in the title piece, a kind of mock Paradise Lost, Dr. Lucifer Mephisto teaches his charges about the insidious nature of evil and the impossibility of good ever triumphing. In his final speech, Vonnegut lets go some of his zingers (jazz is 'safe sex of the highest order') and does what he always did best, tell the truth through jokes: 'And how should we behave during the Apocalypse? We should be unusually kind to one another, certainly. But we should also stop being so serious. Jokes help a lot. And get a dog, if you don't already have one.' So it goes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Not the best introduction to Vonnegut, but certainly fascinating for his countless fans."
"Review" by , "Readers of Vonnegut's books won't find any surprises here, but because he is at his sardonic best when working in short form, they won't be let down by his humor and poignancy, either. Recommended."
"Review" by , "This new collection...shows him at his best and worst. The satiric parables seem obvious and strained, but when he creates characters who suffer and question the world around them, he's at his best."
"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestseller-a "gripping" posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war.

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. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today's world.

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