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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.
Not my favorite story of his but a fun a quick read. I'd like to see his predictions evolve on the metaphysical end, if not a "green death".Published 1 month ago by Devora Gray
This is the third Vonnegut book that I have read, my first two being "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse 5". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Devon
The writing style of "Slapstick" is classic Vonnegut, but perhaps the strangest book he wrote. And it's of course meant to be off the walls and odd. Read morePublished 3 months ago by soundstudio
Vonnegut is an undeniable literary genius, a titan who helped shaped satire and sci-fi. Unfortunately this book is far from his best. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kurt Russell
I think this book should be a starter of Kurt Vonnegut. All the other books would now make sense to me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by minks
This is one my favorite Vonnegut books...sometimes he can be hit or miss, but this book is definitely super-interesting, funny, and a hyper-fast read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JimmyGrits