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While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction Paperback – January 3, 2012
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I have always maintained the parallel between the two men. They were writers, yes. But they were more than writers. They represented the slanted moral voice that could laugh at itself and the culture. These voices were in earnest though; they lacked the facile surface-grazing of the postmodern condition. They speak a truth where writers are afraid to talk about whether you can even capitalize that `t' now.
Kurt Vonnegut died, and his was the only celebrity death I have mourned in a long time. I had long been meaning to make a pilgrimage to his neighborhood. I wanted to intercept him on the street as he walked to the post office or the local bodega to buy his cigarettes. I wanted to stop him and just say "Thank you".
Vonnegut died and left a hole in the soul of America, but he lives on. Thankfully he was prolific and lived long. There have now been three books published since his death. These books are different, but they all show why I love Kurt Vonnegut.
First published was a book of the older stuff, work for websites and highlights of his art. We were able to see the full fruit and flower of a life that spanned an eventful century. Then they put out a collection of his earlier work, including the germ of the story that became _Slaughterhouse-V_.Read more ›
This collection primarily will be of interest to fans of Vonnegut's work who wish to trace his development as a writer back to his early years. Unfortunately (and inexplicably), no bibliographic information is provided about when and where each of the stories originally was published. Nonetheless, Vonnegut fans and other readers could do worse than to sample these warm and entertaining little tales.
For dedicated fans or scholars only.
Picking up While Mortals Sleep was like taking a time machine back into Vonnegut's writing, and I would not have wanted to read him any other way. Reading his heavier novels and then picking up these more innocent stories showed a lighter, but still very subtly deep side of one of my favorite authors. For those who find themselves having a harder time getting into his complex science fiction plots, though, I do recommend reading his short stories. I guarantee that this is an easy way to fall in love with Vonnegut, and to see his efforts at advocating for people to make positive changes before we destroy ourselves and the world.
The stories range in length from eight to 22 pages, but in this short time, I, as a reader, felt extremely invested in his incredibly unique characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He obviously got a lot better the more he practiced. Don't we all?
He just practiced a lot better than most.
Every once in a while these stories have a Vonnegut like feel to them. However, clearly he was still trying to find the voice that made him famous. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Edward Hetzler
It's Kurt Vonnegut. If you have every read anything from him you will like this book. He is very subtle with his dark humor, and I can't get enough of it.Published 13 months ago by Tracey M.
Found most of the stories to be the very "KV Style" I enjoy.Published on July 18, 2014 by KERRY OBRIEN
This collection of short stories is a lot simpler than Vonnegut's novel length works but they are still first rate and a pleasure to read. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by ConcupusAl
I'm an unabashed Vonnegut fan. If you are as well, you will enjoy this collection of shorts -- classic KV.Published on December 9, 2013 by Jeff Kane
I bow to noone in my love of Vonnegut. But there's a reason why these early stories were unpublished: they are not, as a general rule, publishable by anyone but a Great Author... Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
I've been a Vonngeut fanatic for almost forty years, ever since reading Breakfast of Champions. But, I think the well is running dry.Published on November 26, 2013 by Thomas Pachuta