To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction Paperback – January 3, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
Amazon Author Rankbeta(What's this?)
Top Customer Reviews
I have always maintained the parallel between the two men. They were writers, yes. But they were more than writers. They represented the slanted moral voice that could laugh at itself and the culture. These voices were in earnest though; they lacked the facile surface-grazing of the postmodern condition. They speak a truth where writers are afraid to talk about whether you can even capitalize that `t' now.
Kurt Vonnegut died, and his was the only celebrity death I have mourned in a long time. I had long been meaning to make a pilgrimage to his neighborhood. I wanted to intercept him on the street as he walked to the post office or the local bodega to buy his cigarettes. I wanted to stop him and just say "Thank you".
Vonnegut died and left a hole in the soul of America, but he lives on. Thankfully he was prolific and lived long. There have now been three books published since his death. These books are different, but they all show why I love Kurt Vonnegut.
First published was a book of the older stuff, work for websites and highlights of his art. We were able to see the full fruit and flower of a life that spanned an eventful century. Then they put out a collection of his earlier work, including the germ of the story that became _Slaughterhouse-V_.Read more ›
For dedicated fans or scholars only.
Picking up While Mortals Sleep was like taking a time machine back into Vonnegut's writing, and I would not have wanted to read him any other way. Reading his heavier novels and then picking up these more innocent stories showed a lighter, but still very subtly deep side of one of my favorite authors. For those who find themselves having a harder time getting into his complex science fiction plots, though, I do recommend reading his short stories. I guarantee that this is an easy way to fall in love with Vonnegut, and to see his efforts at advocating for people to make positive changes before we destroy ourselves and the world.
The stories range in length from eight to 22 pages, but in this short time, I, as a reader, felt extremely invested in his incredibly unique characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every once in a while these stories have a Vonnegut like feel to them. However, clearly he was still trying to find the voice that made him famous. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward Hetzler
It's Kurt Vonnegut. If you have every read anything from him you will like this book. He is very subtle with his dark humor, and I can't get enough of it.Published 7 months ago by Tracey M.
Found most of the stories to be the very "KV Style" I enjoy.Published 19 months ago by KERRY OBRIEN
This collection of short stories is a lot simpler than Vonnegut's novel length works but they are still first rate and a pleasure to read. Read morePublished 21 months ago by ConcupusAl
I'm an unabashed Vonnegut fan. If you are as well, you will enjoy this collection of shorts -- classic KV.Published on December 9, 2013 by Jeff Kane
I bow to noone in my love of Vonnegut. But there's a reason why these early stories were unpublished: they are not, as a general rule, publishable by anyone but a Great Author... Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
I've been a Vonngeut fanatic for almost forty years, ever since reading Breakfast of Champions. But, I think the well is running dry.Published on November 26, 2013 by Thomas Pachuta
yet another very good story from the masterful Kurt Vonnegut. I do hope there are more of his unpublished stories to comePublished on September 8, 2013 by Tracey Smith