Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0385343718
ISBN-10: 038534371X
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Kindle App Ad
Buy
$11.99
eBook features:
Sold by: Random House LLC
Price set by seller.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Price
New from Used from
Kindle, October 20, 2009
"Please retry"
$11.99

Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Product Details

  • 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
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By AmazonJavaJunki TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This newly published collection of Kurt Vonnegut short "stories" is a worthy addition to your personal library and a delight for fans - especially those that enjoy reading the full breadth of his writing style. While some of the selections display the quick wit with a twist so common to his more popular works, others border on the bizarre...of course, each has the element of surprise that only Vonnegut does so well.

Contents include:
Confido
FUBAR
Shout About it from the Housetops
A Song for Selma
Hall of Mirrors
The Nice Little People
Hello, Red
Little Drops of Water
The Petrified Ants

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!
Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Like the other reviewers I was overjoyed for an opportunity to have something new (and old) to read by the master. These stories are well written, sweet, often surprising and relatively wholesome compared to later work. They also very much reflect a much more innocent era. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who has read Vonnegut's other work. However, let's keep this in perspective. If we save 5 stars for his masterpieces like Cat's Cradle, and maybe four for somewhat lesser books, then we have to be honest and give this one a 3.
1 Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By EllenL on December 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I admit I've never read Vonnegut's famous novels... But these short stories served as a splendid introduction to the author's sharp wit and uncanny timing. The stories kept me engrossed during a long, dreary airplane flight. After recently slogging through one of those "Best Short Stories of 2010" anthologies full of formulaic magazine fiction, this collection struck me as modern, fresh, and unexpected. I will never think about girls from the typing pool, or miniature rocket ships, in quite the same way.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Much better than the last two bits of material. These are stories from the front end of his climb to becoming the best American writer since Twain. The other stuff I'd heard before but read greedily like a man thirsting for his last breath. While these stories don't equal his best known works, they are worth the time of someone who has idolized the man and his writing. But if that is true, you probably aren't reading this. Give it a whirl, what have you got to lose?
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Much better than the last two bits of material. These are stories from the front end of his climb to becoming the best American writer since Twain. The other stuff I'd heard before but read greedily like a man thirsting for his last breath. While these stories don't equal his best known works, they are worth the time of someone who has idolized the man and his writing. But if that is true, you probably aren't reading this. Give it a whirl, what have you got to lose?
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Frankly, I had never been terribly impressed with Kurt Vonnegut's short fiction. It seemed his best short stories were the ones he didn't write, but rather referred to in the context of some of his novels. Okay, yes, the shorts in "Welcome to the Monkey House" and "Bagombo Snuff Box" were generally okay, but really nothing compared to the value and importance of his novels. While a sort of short story mediocrity still permeates "Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction," there are a few gems here.

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 ›
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
What a fabolous thing to get another volume of Vonnegut stories. Despite the fact that they were never published, I am finding the best of them to be better than those gathered in 'Bagombo Snuff Box'. No, these stories aren't in league with the classics of 'Welcome to the Monkey House', but they are solid and they bear the authors unmistakable stamp, and that is plenty.
I would reserve a five star rating for his best work, but this deserves four- no mean feat.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction