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Unstuck in Time: A Journey through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels

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In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner guides us, with insight and passion, through a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonnegut's best known works, his fourteen novels starting with Player Piano (1952) all theway to an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country (2005), to illustrate the quintessential American writer's profound engagement with the American Dream in its various forms. Sumner gives us apoignant portrait of Vonnegut and his resistance to celebrating the traditional values associated with the American Dream: grandiose ambition, unbridled material success, rugged individualism, and winners over losers.Instead of a celebration of these values, we read and share Vonnegut's outrage, his brokenhearted empathy for those who struggle under the ethos of survival-of-the-fittest in the frontiermentality-something he once memorably described as an impossibly tough-minded experiment in loneliness. Heroic and tragic, Vonnegut's novels reflect the pain of his own life's experiences, relieved by small acts of kindness, friendship, and love that exemplify another way of living, another sort of human utopia, an alternative American Dream, and the reason we always return to his books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609803605
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Author:
Sumner, Gregory D.
Subject:
Literary Collections : American - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : American - General
Publication Date:
November 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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