Synopses & Reviews
Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story — and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.
“Ranks with Vonnegut’s best and goes one step beyond...joyous, soaring fiction.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
"[T]he most intimate of Vonnegut's 13 novels....Like lost lives, Karabekian's is a constant blending of regret and hope but Vonnegut has graced it with a touching denouement that suggests that even in our own particular kingdom of the blind, a one-eyed man can be king." Publishers Weekly
“Vonnegut is at his edifying best.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer...a zany but moral mad scientist.” Time
An old man recounts his past to a voluptuous widow, revealing man's compulsion to create and destroy what he loves.
Broad humor and bitter irony collide in Vonnegut's fictional biography of aging artist Rabo Karabekian first introduced in Breakfast of Champions who wants only to be left alone at his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked in his potato barn.
About the Author
Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.