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5.0 out of 5 stars Chronicling Genius!, February 28, 2001
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Anne Mooney (St. Louis, MO United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Vonnegut Chronicles: Interviews and Essays (Contributions to the Study of World Literature) (Hardcover)
If there has ever been any question about the legitimacy of Vonnegut's work as literature, The Vonnegut Chronicles dispell all doubt. Unlike other criticisms, the Chronicles is a page turner, and one that you will come back to time and time again...I know I have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vonnegut Literary and Visual Art Illuminated, October 13, 2013
This review is from: The Vonnegut Chronicles: Interviews and Essays (Contributions to the Study of World Literature) (Hardcover)
The Vonnegut Chronicles maps the author’s career and works as they have moved through different stages and eras (to that point---1996).

Its fourteen essays “celebrate” the joys of reading writings that range from “Player Piano” to “Bluebeard.” Articles are primarily by academics, but are accessible and help reveal complexity and depth. Some pieces deal with individual works while others address a particular theme or approach used by the writer in his creations.

One might think that this book is primarily for those concerned with “analysis.” However, it can also be fascinating and illuminating for the enthusiast and a useful source for addressing particular questions.

For instance, this reviewer has an interest in why/how Vonnegut came to include graphics in several of his novels, and this book helps in developing an explanation (This reviewer happened to meet Vonnegut and purchase a silkscreen of one of his drawings). Several interviews and chapters appear contribute in this regard. Particularly pertinent are the “Conversation with Kurt Vonnegut” where he discusses his responses to critics who contrasted “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Breakfast of Champions” (originally there were poor reviews for the latter, but there has been critical reappraisal of its value since that time). “Dancing with the Muse in Vonnegut’s Later Novels” by Loree Rackstraw and “Bluebeard and the Abstract Expressionists” by Cliff McCauley as well as an Appendix, “The Graphics of Kurt Vonnegut” by Peter Reed (that includes and discusses a number of his drawings) are especially insightful.

Anyway, if you are a Vonegut fan and/or have questions related to his literary and visual arts, “The Vonnegut Chronicles” is for you.
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