- File Size: 1026 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385343728
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 12, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 20, 2009
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002L6HE3M
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book is hardcover with dustjacket and contains just over 200 pages of pure pleasure reading...the type that makes literature worth the time and effort to slow down, read and reflect upon. Unlike authors of the past, Vonnegut reflects modern society and is often compared to the likes of Twain etc... with an up-to-date appeal that makes it relevant yet refreshing.
Very enjoyable - superb gift idea for Vonnegut fans!
Sidney Offit writes in the Foreward, "Unpublished is not a word we identify with a Kurt Vonnegut short story. It may well be that these stories didn't appear in print because for one reason or another they didn't satisfy Kurt." Offit's comment is a little ironic because, in my humble opinion, two of Vonnegut's best short stories are included in this collection. The first, "Hello, Red," in which an embittered war veteran returns home to claim what he believes is his due, builds suspense in a world of complex adult emotions only to be undone by the simple, dramatic act of a beautiful red-haired eight-year old girl. In the second, a determined young woman wedges her way into the life and heart of a womanizing, bachelor whose tragic flaw is an obsessive-compulsive disorder in the story entitled, "Little Drops of Water."
In all, there are 14 stories. A regular character in many of Vonnegut's previous short stories, high school band teacher George M. Helmholtz, shows up to teach a lesson about both privacy and potential in "A Song for Selma," an unscrupulous hypnotist gets what he deserves in "Hall of Mirrors," an a murderer is brought to justice by a wily small-town cop and an innocent, bright-eyed delivery boy in "The Honor of a Newsboy.Read more ›
I would reserve a five star rating for his best work, but this deserves four- no mean feat.
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Just wow. Full disclosure I love Kurt Vonnegut, but I was hesitant about this book since it was post-mortem and not the first (or the last) of its kind. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dan L.
This collection of short stories is one of several collections of previously unpublished work that have been issued since Kurt's death. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Phil B
I am a big KV fan, but I belong to the 'left' field who like "Mother Night" and "Jailbird" a little better than "Cats Cradle" and "Slaughter House... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JJGittes
I have long been a fan and thought I had read everything he had ever written. These short stories were no disappointment.Published 14 months ago by Amy
A nice collection of short stories, all good, some excellent.Published 17 months ago by David Hanthorn
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