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In Slapstick, Vonnegut muses on war, man's hubris, and the awful, crippling loneliness humans are freighted with--but, miraculously, the book still manages to delight and amuse. Absurd, knowing, never depressing, Slapstick kindles hope--for the possibility of wisdom, perhaps; for human resiliency, surely.
It's best to end with a quote from the prologue wherein the author discourses on The Meaning of It All, or at least This Book: "Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go off looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous.
I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, 'Please--a little less love, and a little more common decency.'"
Amen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The plots are fantastic, the language silly, the characters far from realistic.
The novel is ultimately cynical and satirical, and Vonnegut's elegant descriptions make Slapstick a very powerful and enjoyable read.
Other times they just flop around uselessly, sort of cute but really kind of gross, like a beagle without any legs.
Maybe strange, but I've read his best handful of books a number of times each. They are my favorite works of art.Published 21 days ago by adam
Book was as described, however it was a different edition than I expected. It is still the same book, but just a different cover, which is why I rated only 4 out of 5 starsPublished 1 month ago by Andrew McKee
Hmmm... I'm less and less of a Vonnegut fan all the time. Oh well.Published 1 month ago by SOUNDOCTOR BARRY OBER
A very rambling and dull.read. It focuses on the author and his sister an it lost me on the fifth chapter.Published 1 month ago by Big Ric