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Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) Paperback – September 8, 1998
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Vonnegut rounds up several familiar themes and character types for his 13th novel: genocide, the surreality of the modern world, fluid interplay of the past and present, and the less-than-heroic figure taking center stage to tell his story. Here he elevates to narrator a minor character from Breakfast of Champions , wounded World War II veteran and abstract painter Rabo Karabekian. At the urging of enchantress-as-bully Circe Berman, Karabekian writes his "hoax autobiography." Vonnegut uses the tale to satirize art movements and the art-as-investment mind-set and to explore the shifting shape of reality. Although not among his best novels, Bluebeard is a good one and features liberal doses of his off-balance humor. Recommended. A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Ranks with Vonnegut’s best and goes one step beyond . . . joyous, soaring fiction.”—The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
“Vonnegut is at his edifying best.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist. ”—Time
Top customer reviews
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."
In "Bluebeard," Kurt Vonnegut grapples with those questions alongside a handful of other humdingers: Who am I to think I have anything of importance to offer the world? Do I have talent? Who really knows? Who really cares?
Here he answers, while telling the life story of abstract expressionist Rabo Karabekian: An artist must try to both define and uplift humanity. Start with whatever God gives, then never stop learning or trying, even after public failure. Somebody out there recognizes art when it bites them on the butt, and, finally, the artist cares. That's what he or she does.
Yes, the world will put a dollar value on it, call the creator a genius, a fraud or a clown. But the artist must create and release that work to the world, whatever the cost.
Is Vonnegut funny, sad and insightful here? As always. You bet. Put your money on him.
Is this his best work? You be the judge.
Not his best work, I wouldn't recommend to start with bluebird if you are new to Vonnegut but if you are a diehard fan it is definite must read.
The combination of these elements make for a very interesting and enjoyable read - I even learned a bit about art.
Would recommend to a friend.
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