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Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) Paperback – September 8, 1998
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“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
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This Kindle book is absolutely loaded with typos from poorly scanned and edited OCR. They must have had an unpaid intern take care of it. It goes to show me just how little the publishers care about ebooks, and how they'd like to slow demand for what they think they can't get insane profits from. It wouldn't surprise me if they purposely do a horrible job with every ebook just to get people running back to their precious overpriced paperbacks and hardcovers.
Examples of typos:
He, cheat and steal
"J already have," she said.
Talk about realism]
--The author wrote "realism!" in italics so the OCR thinks an italics exclamation point is a bracket. Nobody changed it. How could they miss this stuff? It's not just misspellings but also lack of commas, quotation marks, and so on. It wouldn't be so bad if they weren't on every couple of pages. The first few are no problem, nobody's perfect. But once they become a distraction, it really takes away from the reading experience.
The should at the very least have some respect for the late Mr Vonnegut and have an editor do a once over.
Rabo has one eye. Rabo was an artist of astounding technical talent, yet helped form the Abstract Expressionist movement (along with his friends the fictional Terry Kitchen and the very real Jackson Pollock). Rabo has seen the best talents of his generation succumb to suicide and self-destruction, yet he is still kicking and screaming at 71. Rabo (guided by Vonnegut) is in the process of pouring his life onto the page, with the encouragement of a mysterious woman who has moved into his home.
Vonnegut's greatest accomplishment in the book is the building up of the surprise ending (What the heck is in the barn?) to the point where something astounding should happen, and then drawing up a scene where something astounding happens. It all lives up to the hype, which is a tough thing to do. But I never doubted my man Kurt for a second. He is one of my favourite writers -- for his pointed humour and his deceptively simple prose -- and this is one of his best books. He has managed to create a commentary on the history of war, art, Europe, America, and literature in the twentieth century, by gently leading the reader through a guided tour of one man's life.
A superb book, definitely worth reading. It also made me realize (since this was one of the first Vonnegut books I'd read) how interconnected his books really are; Rabo dates back to "Breakfast of Champions," where the reader is almost compelled to dislike him. However, during the course of this book, not only did I end up liking Rabo, I found myself cheering for him, and even understanding him. A must-read for any Vonnegut fan, and even for those who don't have a Vonnegut fetish like I do. Brilliant.
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It's a typical Kurt Vonnegut book, rich with his unique enjoyable writing style.
However, to my taste, it feels as if it was written as a result of a publisher's order, not... Read more
In the 70s, I read all of Vonnegut's novels and short stories published at that time. I only recently started reading his later works. Such new treasures to find.Published 23 days ago by NMARK
One of his best. Very touching with a strong message and a lot of that odd Vonnegut humor. Being a lover of contemporary art and a long ago assistant to Robert Rauschenberg, I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by postpunkweaselman
If you like Vonnegut, this is a great novel made towards the end of his mainstream popularity. Blends multiple constants from prior novels into an Étouffée delicious... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason P.
Kurt Vonnegut writes himself into the story as an impressionist painter instead of an impressionist writer. Great read for mid-life issues.Published 2 months ago by alternative MD
I didn't want to put it down. I didn't want it to end... Why couldn't this be a true story!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite Vonnegut book- but maybe because i'm an artist and get all the little jokes in this one. But seriously, it's a solid work of his.Published 2 months ago by wasuck
Now a member of the Kurt Vonnegut Letters, I have this self-assignment to re-read all his books. Not a tough gig, and my take with Bluebeard, he maintains, throughout the book,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Elliott