- File Size: 1160 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Publisher: The Dial Press (October 10, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 14, 2009
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SE649W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) Kindle Edition
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“Vonnegut is at his edifying best.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The quicksilver mind of Vonnegut is at it again. . . . He displays all his talents—satire, irony, ridicule, slapstick, and even a shaggy dog story of epic proportions.”—The Cincinnati Post
“[Kurt Vonnegut is] a voice you can trust to keep poking holes in the social fabric.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“It has the qualities of classic Bosch and Slaughterhouse Vonnegut. . . . Bluebeard is uncommonly feisty.”—USA Today
“Is Bluebeard good? Yes! . . . This is vintage Vonnegut—good wine from his best grapes.”—The Detroit News
“A joyride . . . Vonnegut is more fascinated and puzzled than angered by the human stupidities and contradictions he discerns so keenly. So hop in his rumble seat. As you whiz along, what you observe may provide some new perspectives.”—Kansas City Star
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YES... (insert KV book here) is amazingly well written... you'll laugh out loud at least once... you'll cry at least once... You'll catch yourself at least once with super dumb expressions on your face and make sure no-one is looking at you... you'll have to put the book down at least once because it's too much feelz... You will read many phrases that you'll think 'I should write this down to mention to people!' but don't bother, there are too many and people will feel like you're obsessed with Kurt Vonnegut.
Seriously though, about Bluebeard... It's KV writing about abstract expressionists (painters), which I love, and I've always considered KV an abstract expressionist writer in a way... You sometimes have no idea what you are reading or have just read, but you stare off into space and simply say... "Wow... Deep."
This is an amusing look at modern art and artists, war memories and cruelty, art in general, and it’s told with all that I love about Vonnegut.
Kurt Vonnegut + art discussion = a great read. Recommended.
It was hysterically funny, tremendously sad and interestingly educational about this genre of art. Bad for sleep, though, as hard to put in down before 2 am.
I have come to love. If I was able to ever go back in time and have coffee with any famous person of my choosing, it would be Kurt Vonnegut. Coffee and a bunch of Pall Malls.
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So his story unfolds. He tried to make it as an artist, he fought in the war where he lost an eye, he returned and tried to make it as a business man and an artist, neglecting his duties as a husband and father, something he regrets. Calamities ensued. He has a secret in the potato barn that he will tell no one but everyone knows there's something in there, something he doesn't plan to have revealed until the instructions in his will say that it should be opened.
I really, really enjoyed this one. It was funny and sharp and uplifting. I guess I don't read a lot of "happy" books but this definitely was one. The ending in particular was absolutely perfect. Apparently, Rabo Karabekian is also briefly in of Breakfast of Champions, so I guess I had better read that too.
I loved it. Read it. Then talk about "And Now it's Women's Turn."
Let's admit first of all Bluebeard is a little self-indulgent and by no means Vonnegut at the top of his form. This is not Slaughterhouse Five, Galapagos, Breakfast of Champions, or even Player Piano. He inhabits the skin of an abstract impressionist painter, someone in the same loft complex as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, etc, but with a different kind of talent. Profoundly unfashionably, he has the gift of realism at a time when realist painters are not in vogue. Furthermore, he used a degraded set of materials for his largest and most respected abstract impressionist work. After a few years strips of it dropped from the canvas, much of it crumbled away. But he's doing all right, nevertheless, and has drawn the attention of a neighbour whose opening gambit on the beach is, "Tell me how your parents died."
Circe Birman, this personable, if discomforting, woman is to change several things in his life, not all of them for the better. What is it that he has locked away in his huge potato barn? Vonnegut's least impressive writing is worth a read. And he's right you know, time is liquid.