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Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage Paperback – May 11, 1999
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“[Kurt Vonnegut] is either the funniest serious writer around or the most serious funny writer.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
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All in all this rates as an average of all the material included, and that average is no more or less than, well, thoroughly average. 3 stars. By giving it 3 stars I think it says the book is worth reading. But it's clearly not worth getting too excited about. No, this is not one of Vonnegut's greatest works. But it is interesting at spots.
In this book Vonnegut touches on all sorts of things, but as many seasoned KV readers will know, it would not be a vintage Vonnegut without mentioning Dresden, Indianapolis, and his son Mark's insanity. All 3 make numerous appearances in the book. It could probably be argued that the name of this book should be exactly that: Dresden, Indianapolis, and Mark's Insanity.
But it's not. It's called Palm Sunday for whatever reason. In it, he rates all of his works to date and I think he does a fair job doing so. For this one, he gives himself a C+, which is fair enough. He also said it took 6 years. If time is an indicator, I'll give him an A for effort.
Those interested in getting to know Vonnegut from the start should try The Sirens of Titan, Cat's Cradle, or Slaughterhouse-5. Those 3 are vintage Vonnegut and worth every good word ever expressed about them. Those who have read all of his fiction works and are looking to peer even deeper into his writings should indeed read this.Read more ›
One of the most interesting aspects of the text is when Vonnegut lies about himself. For instance, he states that there were no other women involved in the breakup of his first marriage, and this is patently untrue. I love that aspect of this book, seeing how Vonnegut selects bits of autobiography to make himself look good. It makes him seem so human. He probably needed to believe a lot of good things about himself during the time he wrote this. His last novel had been roundly trashed by critics, and a lot of personal family junk had broken apart all over his head. I think most of us would have cleaned up our past a little if we could have, and Vonnegut's humanity is what has always drawn me to him and his writing.
Any avid reader will enjoy the opening chapter of "Palm Sunday" which deals with the first amendment and censorship. Vonnegut is at his biting and indignant best in this chapter. Chapter four of the text also includes a lovely essay on literary style. It is a profound and simple statement on what makes the best writing, which does not have to be "literature", but just the stuff we scribble in our everyday lives. It is the act of communicating with each other that powers the soul and Vonnegut is eloquent in his defense of it.Read more ›
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You should probably already be a fan of Vonnegut before you read this, but if you are, it's an interesting insight into an amazing humorist. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Steven T. Heulett
I didn't enjoy a large amount of this book. It seemed lazy for so many hundreds of pages, which is why I resented it for finally getting damn good near the end. Read morePublished 3 months ago by isaxman
I've read almost every KV book and this has been my favorite for about 10 years now. It is not a novel, but it is also unlike the many Vonnegut short story collections out there. Read morePublished 13 months ago by clayton p michaud
Thank you for sharing these tales about your life KV you will always be one of my most cherished teachersPublished 19 months ago by Keith crossland
Another wonderful book by my favorite author. It is thought-provoking, irreverent at times and very funny. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
Much as I love Vonnegut, this isn't his strongest work. While there are a lot of great pieces, this book never feels like it truly comes together. Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by Magnus Arin
Although Mr. Vonnegut himself only gave the book a "C" grade, it is an entertaining look at the world through the eyes of a brilliant writer.Published on May 5, 2014 by Shawn Shell
I purchased these so I could take them with me to read on my Kindle, I have all of his books in hard cover already.Published on December 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer