Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most prolific if not best American writers of the. BLUEBEARD By Kurt Vonnegut. pp. New York: Delacorte Press. $ BY the high imaginative standards of Kurt Vonnegut at his best.

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Nuclear energy was going to make electricity so cheap that it might not even be metered… Antibiotics would defeat all diseases. Makes you see yourself against the big picture so clearly that I sometimes wonder why I didn’t see it before hand. Now ish, a loner since the death of his super-rich, beloved second wife, Rabo hasn’t painted for years.

Scheming with a smile

Published by Dial Press Trade Paperback first published Even though he has started the process of healing, this guy has a whole long row to hoe that is not going to be happy, pretty or any other easy positive word. The novel is structured as Rabo’s memoirs, but plays loosely with linearity in a way that felt more bluebearv than willfully experimental.

In contrast, his teenage works were made with the best possible materials, given to him from the stores of a successful artist. Rabo started his working life as a cartoonist and illustrator, devot Come Dancing By the time I reached the last chapter of this novel, I realised that Kurt Vonnegut had taken me dancing, just as Rabo Karabekian had finally taken Mrs Circe Berman dancing.

The Kitsch Writer Circe Berman is actually a popular author of kitsch young adult novels that are “useful, frank and intelligent, but as literature hardly more than workmanlike” under the pseudonym, Polly Madisonwho is writing a biography of her deceased husband, Abe a brain surgeon. No one had his unique sense of humor and vonneguy one ever will.


Which brings me to an aside that will be the entirety of my actual “review”. This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat It was unexpected, tidy, and very appropriate.

This was a novel that’s going to keep me thinking for a long, long time. Cover of first edition hardcover. When you strip away all of the unnecessary crap that makes us up, we’re all basically glowing shafts of light, represented by the pieces of tape. He lives in the Hamptons in a huge house with perhaps the greatest collection of Abstract Expressionistic art in the world; he had managed to pick them up back in the day when they were almost being given away.


To more fully understand the significance of the two view points represented by these two characters, the nature of their relationship becomes increasingly important. Rabo, besides being an expressionist painter and collector, fought in World War II, Like Vonnegut, vobnegut in many ways was haunted by the war. All the main characters are fictitious, but a few real names are dropped, such as Jackson Pollock.

One afternoon, Circe Berman wanders onto Karabekian’s private beach.

BLUEBEARD by Kurt Vonnegut | Kirkus Reviews

This is a book that deals with the Armenian genocide, a man that beats up his wife, suicide, being maimed in World War II our protagonist was not born a Cyclops, he tells us on page 1, he was deprived of his eye while commanding a platoon of Army Engineersand about the desolation a man feels as he looks back at all his failures in his life. What it’s really about is Rabo Karabekian, ag This was a lovely reintroduction to Vonnegut after a nearly eight year hiatus.


Kurt and Wes are both masters of their art, both perfected their styles, both brilliant and visionary. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


This is used to blueberad traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. Today they are worth millions of dollars. It is a unique text it varies greatly from the so called “Vonnegut style” and is a pretty conventional narrative that deals with many of the standard Vonnegut themes in a more easily accessible manner.


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This is maybe the fourth or fifth Vonnegut book I’ve read, having only been introduced to him recently, sadly. Please provide an email address. Some considered the novel a milestone in Vonnegut’s career; Philadelphia Inquirer called it “Vonnegut at his edifying best,” and the Chicago Tribune said it was “a major breakthrough for Vonnegut,” and “a new and vital phase in his career.

Some articles have Google Maps embedded in them. The Doll House’s female lead leaves the house and everyone’s left to assume she goes to Happily Ever After. The book’s final revelation–the nature of the secret painting locked up in the potato-barn–finds Vonnegut returning, without much force, to his favorite antiwar themes.