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Good book...but could've been better!
on June 17, 2011
Ever since I lost my collection of Vonnegut books to water damage some years ago, I've been looking for a nice omnibus edition of his novels. Well, the Library of America (LOA) has now come out with a collection of his work beginning with "Cat's Cradle" and ending with "Breakfast of Champions." In between those two, we also get "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" and his masterpiece "Slaughterhouse Five", along with a few short stories and some assorted minutiae. My problem with this edition is that, while it's nice to have these titles together, I question why the LOA didn't put his first three novels - "Player's Piano", "Sirens of Titan", and "Mother Night," in this collection first and save Slaughterhouse and Breakfast for a later collection (UPDATE: the LOA is planning on releasing a larger second volume of Vonnegut sometime in the near future with his first three novels and even more goodies). I was also hoping for more short stories instead of letters and speeches. Save the letters and speeches for a separate volume that you could devote to his essays (of which he wrote plenty). While this introductory volume from LOA is not a total letdown, it could've been much better!
**UPDATE AS OF 6/20/2011: Having been taken to task in the Comments section for my supposedly "uninformed" comments, I now revise my review. While I still feel the same way as I did in the earlier review, I will say that this is still a book worth buying - especially if you want a nice hardcover collection of Vonnegut's material as opposed to buying the various soft cover editions. The ancillary material at the back of the book really does compliment the stories and the illustrations for "Breakfast of Champions"(done by Vonnegut himself) are reproduced with great clarity. The price (if purchased on Amazon) is great as well. LOA has never skimped on the quality of the material they publish; these books are worth every penny spent on them. While I'm not going to lose any sleep over what this volume does or doesn't contain, I will state that I will be buying more of these volumes of Vonnegut as they are released. If you're a lover of Vonnegut's work and want to see more of his material released by the LOA, support LOA by buying this and any future volumes.