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Essential Vonnegut Interviews CD (Caedmon Essentials) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged


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  • Series: Caedmon Essentials
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061153516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061153518
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American Literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Siren's of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene has declared, "one of the best living American writers."

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In three interviews with author Kurt Vonnegut--taped in 1971, 1983, and 2006--writer/interviewer Miller probes Vonnegut on the themes and theories behind some of his most popular works. Books discussed include THE SIRENS OF TITAN, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, BETWEEN TIME AND TIMBUKTU, PALM SUNDAY, and A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY. Miller, apparently a friend of the author and a devotee (at one point, he dubs Vonnegut "the white knight of postmodern literature"), piles on the ponderous lit-crit queries and generally overreaches in an effort toward profundity. Vonnegut happily sidesteps the academic blather and, deft and plainspoken as always, delivers his unique brand of humor-laced cynicism with freshness and charm. M.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and since then he has written many novels, among them: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You Mr Rosewater (1964), Welcome to the Monkey House; a collection of short stories (1968), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976), Jailbird (1979), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1988) and Hocus Pocus (1990). During the Second World War he was held prisoner in Germany and was present at the bombing of Dresden, an experience which provided the setting for his most famous work to date, Slaughterhouse Five (1969). He has also published a volume of autobiography entitled Palm Sunday (1981) and a collection of essays and speeches, Fates Worse Than Death (1991).

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Ryan on January 17, 2007
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This CD comprises 3 interviews conducted by noted author, editor, translator, NYU English professor, and Vonnegut confidant Walter James Miller. Covered here are 33 years from 1973's discussion of Slaughterhouse Five to 1981's talk about Palm Sunday and ending with 2006's Man Without A Country. Each interview runs at about 25 minutes, giving the listener approximately 74 minutes of critical analysis and conversation. This CD is a joy, providing valuable insight into Vonnegut the man and the writer. Part of an intended series, future volumes are to cover other Vonnegut novels, interviews culled from the Walter James Miller Audio Archive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Johnson on March 26, 2008
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Even though his latter books seemed to be re-workings of earlier material I bought and enjoyed most every one. This series of interviews provides some insight into changes in Vonnegut over time. Each interview is fairly short and has a focus specific to the year it was taped. Some relate to specific books, others to specific events. Each interview reveals a calm and humorous Vonnegut filled with political satire. The interviewer often provides Vonnegut with insight on the relationships between Vonnegut's fictional characters and other works and events.
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The interviews give priceless insight into the workings of Vonnegut's mind. As I listened, I kept hoping that the interviews would never end.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on March 8, 2007
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It seems to me that Kurt Vonnegut's work is growing in popularity, and this CD allows us a peek at his point of view in writing some of it.
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