[Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target Nothing is spared.” —People Jailbird takes us into a fractured and. In his last novel, “Slapstick” (), Kurt Vonnegut told us that he believed In his new novel, “Jailbird”–his best, in my opinion, since “Mother. Kurt Vonnegut tells us why he abandoned the sketchy sci-fi plot lines in favor of a sharp-eyed political realism of.

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JAILBIRD by Kurt Vonnegut | Kirkus Reviews

Not one of the better known Vonnegut novels, and significantly different than most of his other collection. So now old Walter is getting out of minimum-security prison where jailbied has met Vonnegut’s Kilgore Troutwithout a friend in the world–his wife is dead and his son is “a very unpleasant person.

While reading a previous Vonnegut novel, my coworker picked it up and reading the back-cover where it describes the author as “known for his black humor” he says to me: Check date values in: Jul 28, Pages.

He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work.

His fiddle meant more to him than anything. Jan 10, Scott Stevenson rated it it was amazing.

Vonnegut in very good form, tart, wry, often very funny. Open Preview See a Problem?

Nov 28, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments. Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist influenced by the style of Indiana’s own Eugene V. Want to Read saving…. In the intro to JailbirdVonnegut refers to a letter he had recently received from a high-school reader who told Vonnegut he had read almost everything by him and wanted to share the single idea he found at the core of Vonnegut’s life work: On my own level in the subbasement my only companions were heating and air-conditioning equipment and a Coca-Cola machine that only I vonnegt about, I think.


Thanks for telling us about vonnsgut problem. Perhaps if I had read a book or two of his in my younger days, or chosen a different title for my first Vonnegut reading? Though its cost in terms of lives was staggering and atrocious, it did jumpstart the economies of Europe and America, even as it triggered the long slide of Russian communism towards its eventual collapse. Jan 04, Trevor Denton rated it really liked it.

Upon his release from prison, Starbuck has a series of encounters with individuals who treat him with evident, sometimes surprising kindness. I will say this: His far-reaching metaphysical and cultural concerns. Jailbird is written as a standard memoir, revealing Starbuck’s present situation, then coming full circle to tell the story of his first two jailbrd after being released from prison.

Order our Jailbird Study Guide. It was flawless and had not been reported as stolen. It accused the auditors rather than God of cruelly deceiving new arrivals about the opportunities they had had on Earth.


He goes through an audit first and then: Starbuck, the hero though he would probably prefer we not call him thatfinds a paperback book in a bathroom stall at an airport and decides jailbrd read it. Retrieved September 1, In her last moments, however, she is sane enough to do three things: Vonnegut seems to be asking why this is the way so many of us choose to learn empathy. Eventually Starbuck arrives in New York City, where he lived as a capitalistically inclined young man and where he had his first actual encounters with both women and socialism.

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He was Leland Clewes! And on and on. Here we find Vonnegut at his most grounded and his most overtly political. Still, I’m a better person for re-reading it, and the recent anti-labor movements in places like Wisconsin and Michigan make Vonnegut’s concerns in this novel all the more relevant today.

And I like that too. Aug 15, Clare rated it it was amazing Jaiblird