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Sucker's Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Vonnegut
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Available to readers for the first time, Sucker’s Portfolio showcases a collection of seven never before published works from Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Short, sardonic, and dark, these six brief fiction stories and one non-fiction piece are consummate Vonnegut with piercing satire and an eye for life’s obscene inanity. Also available for the first time is an unfinished science-fiction short story, included in the appendix.

These stories trace trivial human lives and mundane desires, which is precisely where Vonnegut’s inimitable perspective as a humanist shines, illuminating his alternating hopeful and dismal outlook, although undoubtedly focusing on the latter. Here as in his greatest novels, Vonnegut’s writing takes us to the darkest corners of the human soul and with wit and humor, manages to remind us of our potential to be something greater.

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About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) is one of the most beloved American writers of the twentieth century. Vonnegut began his career as a science fiction writer, and his early novels – Player Piano and The Sirens of Titan – were categorized as such even as they appealed to an audience far beyond the reach of the category. In the 1960s, Vonnegut became closely associated with the Baby Boomer generation, a writer on that side, so to speak. Scholars believe that Vonnegut’s reputation (like Mark Twain’s) will grow steadily through the decades as his work continues to increase in relevance and new connections are formed, new insights made.

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  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (November 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7HGHDK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but Incomplete December 29, 2012
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Kurt Vonnegut fans expecting the usual complex plots and attention to detail will be dissapointed. This is a collection of incomplete short stories. What is there is excellent and, to my mind at least, worth the time. BUT! Be warned, each story ends well before it is reasonably complete and we are left wondering where Kurt intended these stories to go.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it just me? January 10, 2013
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My first thought, on reading the first story of the ongoing series, was, "Has my taste in reading changed this much or is it him?" The answer: Neither. These are worth reading if your expectations are realistic.

As others have said more eloquently, there's probably a reason these have gone unpublished up until now. They're okay, but lack the complexity of the Kurt Vonnegut novels I know and love.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There was a reason that these were unpublished January 31, 2013
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I love Vonnegut, but this was a disappointment. Aptly titled. I was hoping for better and I'm not really sure what the point of the installments was.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vonneguesque December 7, 2012
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Loved it, needed it, ready for more. I have read just about all of his books so it was nice to hear his voice again. It flowed with fluidity, almost so much at times it seemed polished but never leaving you. It read like a twain story, fabulous and wonderful
. Buy it. It is worth every penny.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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David hopes that time travel can occur. He saves an old man's life and asks him what he saw while dead. The old man replies that his life passed before his eyes. David would do anything to regain time with his wife Jeanette. He forms a plan.

This story is told with the usual Vonnegut flare. The plot is not really new, but the take on it is. In a very short time, Vonnegut is able to flesh in this character so I felt I knew him.

The second item is begun with a note that the incident is true. It concerns Melody who loves her father deeply then finds out he is a hypocrite. In true Vonnegut fashoin, the statement about truth comes after that fact so we are uncertain what he exactly means. Melody becomes three dimensional, again in a short time.

This is a series which means I will receive new material along the way with no charge to me. Cannot wait to see what shows up next. I am a huge fan of his writing, but have a tough time characterizing it. It is done in a way that compels the reader to consider a different side of an assumption, and that to me is a great thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surreal life December 7, 2012
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Fascinating point of view of time as it relates to life. A disturbing glance at a family dynamic. Things that make you stop and think. Good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to what I expect from Vonnegut December 27, 2012
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I've read many of Kurt Vonnegut's books including his collection of short stories, "Welcome to the Monkey House" which is by far my favorite of all of his writings and my favorite collection of short stories ever. Monkey House has some of the most imaginative well developed short stories I've ever read so imagine my disappointment in reading this collection of stories that fell flat. I love Vonnegut's prose and ability to make hit the mark in his descriptions of everyday situations. His talent is unmistakeable but I felt like these stories were like practice writings to get him warmed up for deeper plots with more surprising twists as in his other stories. I still enjoy reading them but more often than not I guess the outcome before I finish. It may be because of the brevity of the stories that he didn't develop plots, I don't know. I just expected better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage, but not classic Vonnegut December 19, 2012
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I read Cat's Cradle when it first came out and have been a Vonnegut fan ever since. I can see why these stories weren't published before. They seem wordy, obvious, and not that thick in the plot. Even Player Piano had much more going for it than these stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's Vonnegut!
Gotta' love the title if nothing else.
Published 18 days ago by Zen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not best Vonnegut.
Not the best Vonnegut. I could not even finish because it was so boring.
Published 23 days ago by Jack Darnell
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It was OK
Published 1 month ago by Linda Maleckar
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Haven't read yet.
Published 1 month ago by kathleen mckinley
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of short stories by the master storyteller
An excellent collection of short stories by the master storyteller. If you are a fan, this book is a must read.
Published 1 month ago by stjoehawk
4.0 out of 5 stars Only ONE Incomplete Story (Top Voted Review is Dead Wrong)
This small collection of previously unpublished stories (and one essay) by Vonnegut was an interesting read. Some of the stories were clearly from a time early in his writing life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Troy Blackford
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Kurt Vonnegut, you will like this.
Short stories and an essay - all good reading if you are familiar with Vonnegut and like his style. Enjoy!
Published 2 months ago by Striker Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
I quite enjoyed all of the short stories. It was not one of the best books I have read, but I certainly enjoyed them and would read more of his writing.
Published 2 months ago by deanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Easy Read
I have always been a big fan of Vonnegut's work. This was no exception. I was however bummed by the unfinished story at the end. It was starting off to be fun.
Published 2 months ago by desdemona22
3.0 out of 5 stars Underdeveloped Vonnegut still filled with pithy wisdom
Despite these essays being underdeveloped or unfinished, I still enjoyed this. It was free to borrow (I think because I have Prime) and I like Vonnegut. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Sedlak
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More About the Author

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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Discuss Episode Seven of "Sucker's Portfolio"
Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors; I own every book of his ever published. Wish this story had been completed. The desire to return to their former robot status reminds me of a statement from his essay: "I have to wonder if obedience isn't the basic flaw in most humankind."
Mar 17, 2013 by Ben Atkinson |  See all 5 posts
Discuss Episode Six of "Sucker's Portfolio"
An interesting story about three couples of different generations that meet on a train to (and from) Paris. Interesting turns for everyone involved and a very sweet ending. B+
Jan 2, 2013 by M. E. Bobola |  See all 3 posts
Discuss Episode One of "Sucker's Portfolio"
The first story in the collection was okay, I guess. It was a fast enough read. It seems clear enough to me why it would make it this long without being published, it's a little rough and not quite fully formed.

I did find a possible typo, at location 155 it says "wife" when I think it... Read More
Nov 25, 2012 by M. E. Bobola |  See all 22 posts
Discuss Episode Four of "Sucker's Portfolio"
For this story, the impact doesn't come from the twist. The truth is revealed earlier before the end, unlike the 3rd story, which is revealed only right at the very end. Somehow I feel this is a sad story, not a good ending.... but we can hope...
Dec 11, 2012 by Parhjin |  See all 8 posts
Discuss Episode Five of "Sucker's Portfolio"
This one's a miss for me. Plot by the numbers, characters that don't get the depth they did in the previous stories, and serious "of-the-time" sexism that just don't add up to something worth your time in 2012. D
Dec 20, 2012 by M. E. Bobola |  See all 3 posts
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