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A Man Without a Country Paperback – Illustrated, January 16, 2007
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“[This] may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.”–Los Angeles Times
“Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. . . . [Reading A Man Without a Country is] like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.”–The New York Times Book Review
“Filled with [Vonnegut’s] usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.”–Chicago Tribune
“Fans will linger on every word . . . as once again [Vonnegut] captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity.”–The Australian
“Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we discover his family’s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism.”–Studs Terkel
“This book is nothing if not a big shot in the arm of concentrated hope.”—The Sycamore Review
“No other American humorist see-saws from gravity to gobbledygook this effectively, in part because for Vonnegut the two are always connected. Life for him is deadly serious, bu the best way to deal with fear is to laugh in its face.”—The Jerusalem Post
About the Author
- Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks (January 16, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 081297736X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812977363
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of our time, had a quirky sense of humor. One of his greatest gifts. What's impressive about Man Without a Country, is how well his essays, wrapped in that humor, hold up.
Penned in 2005, two years before he died, it's a wonderful farewell from an amazing man.
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” KV
Man Without A Country
My copy was nicely worn letting me know it was lovingly read. I always think, if a book could talk about the many laps it lingered in, they'd tell a story all their own.
I'd order from this seller again. Susannah Bianchi
That said, it was a quick, enjoyable read and had some good parts, especially about fictional structure. It would be about the last place I would start if new to Vonnegut, though.
*And by "old friend," I mean both one whom you have known for a long time and who is old.
This book is one of those treasures where every word is a pithy beam of light. It is hitting me right at a time of life when I needed it most. Indeed, what was the good news and what was the bad. It is sometimes it’s difficult to decide as they tend to merge.
Top reviews from other countries
It is actually a collection of 12 essays on topics that, as all Vonnegut readers will be aware, have concerned the author throughout his life. Politics, environment, literature, religion and technology are among the subjects touched upon here. This does involve a degree of repetition and rehashing from previous works (some of it pretty close to verbatim) but the well versed KV devotee must forgive this as there are some new golden nuggets within. The essays on creative writing and political 'guessers' were new to me and worth the price of the book on their merits alone.
There is a valedictory feel to the book and it was first published only 2 years before his death in 2007. Sadness somehow pervades. Best of all ? A wonderful and brief (what else from Kurt?) 'Requiem' for the planet that effectively shuts up shop.
Goodbye Karl, Goodbye Blue Monday.