Alright, so what I want to know is the story on how your discovered KV, your honest first impressions, and what changes did that first reading make on your life?
My story of Kurt is a simple one. I did not read much in high school, but after I graduated a had a good friend that would always rave about this book Slaughterhouse Five. I had heard of it and I knew who KV was at the time, but apart from that, I knew nothing else. A few years into college, while I was studying music and logic/rhetoric and I was attempting to formulate all of my ideas and points of view together when my girlfriend at the time bought Slaughterhouse Five, read it, and gave it to me telling me I had to read it. By this time I was much more of a reader than in high school so I took it.
That night I started on it. From the first title page with this title and rant about smoking too much and how this was a story about the aliens from trafalmadore I was in awe. I read the entire book that evening, laughing at loud when he wrote that "So it goes" for the champagne that was dead. I still remember that first time reading about how the book was a failure because it was written by a pillar of salt and how he loved Lot's Wife for looking back because it was so human. At 2 in the morning I finally went to sleep, thinking and angry at myself that I had not read this before. the next day I went to the book store and bought "Breakfast of Champions", that being the only other title that I had heard of at the time and read that.
I am thankful every day that I have read anything, fiction or non, that I can find of Kurt's.
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