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Life is no way to treat an animal123 A Man Without a Country is a somewhat loose collection, thematically speaking, of writings and reflections by Vonnegut on everything from literature to sex and politics It is written by a man near the end of life Vonnegut was 82 at the time reflecting on his life and career as well as the state of the world generally and the United States in particular Needless to say if you are familiar especially with the late Vonnegut there is not much to be optiLife is no way to treat an animal123 A Man Without a Country is a somewhat loose collection, thematically speaking, of writings and reflections by Vonnegut on everything from literature to sex and politics It is written by a man near the end of life Vonnegut was 82 at the time reflecting on his life and career as well as the state of the world generally and the United States in particular Needless to say if you are familiar especially with the late Vonnegut there is not much to be optimistic about other than music, and perhaps the few angels that are found scattered here and there in the world The gloominess is sometimes overpowering, as Vonnegut acknowledges perhaps he has experienced too much to be funny any perhaps he has simply become a grump , but his concern for the world and the dogged humanism that has always marked Vonnegut is still there And he is hardly wrong in his pessimism about the future of the world, or about about the self destructiveness of human beings as a species, or about the great accumulation of power hungry guessers in government who are just as blind as the rest of us but who lack a steering conscience A Man Without a Country also includes one of the best diagrams ever, of Kafka s narrative arc It s the first time that I include an image in a Goodreads review I had to As long as there is a lower class I am in it.As long as there is a criminal element, I m of it As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not freeEugene Debs, Quoted in Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country We use humor to dull the pain We use drugs too, but humor often costs less and last longer I think one of the reasons I ve been so drawn to Vonnegut the last couple weeks is our recent election Vonnegut almost seems to be a Rosetta Stone for our times He wrote this, his last bookAs long as there is a lower class I am in it.As long as there is a criminal element, I m of it As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not freeEugene Debs, Quoted in Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country We use humor to dull the pain We use drugs too, but humor often costs less and last longer I think one of the reasons I ve been so drawn to Vonnegut the last couple weeks is our recent election Vonnegut almost seems to be a Rosetta Stone for our times He wrote this, his last book, in 2005 The subtitle of the book was A Memoir Of Life In George W Bush s America It is both amazing and frightening to think that Dubya s America seems now, 11 years later, so tame and restrained compared to the circus that is slouching slowly towards DC Vonnegut, when I was young as impressionable made me unafraid to call myself a humanist in my religious milieu a humanist is a dirty word like socialist and feminist His voice is often the voice I hear in response to news columns that are dumb, politicians that are corrupt, or corporations that seem unrepentant about their growing bottom line Like Mark Twain, Vonnegut appeals to the young and the sweaty masses while simultaneously ribbing them ever so gently Hell, in that way Vonnegut and Twain were a bit like Jesus I wonder what Vonnegut would think about that comparison I wonder what Jesus would have thought Perhaps, it is a bit early, but maybe a kid born in the last couple years will do for Vonnegut what Paul did for Jesus Maybe in 200 years there will be a Church where the Blues gets played and on certain Sundays people take turns reading from A Man Without a Country and talking about the time when Vonnegut emerged unstuck from time from that tomb in Dresden F %k and Amen In A Volume That Is Penetrating, Introspective, Incisive, And Laugh Out Loud Funny, One Of The Great Men Of Letters Of This Era Or Any Era Holds Forth On Life, Art, Sex, Politics, And The State Of America S Soul Whether He Is Describing His Coming Of Age In America, His Formative War Experiences, Or His Life As An Artist, This Is Vonnegut Doing What He Does Best Being Himself Whimsically Illustrated By The Author, A Man Without A Country Is Intimate, Tender, And Brimming With The Scope Of Kurt Vonnegut S Passions A while back another writer, a reviewer, a critic, or whatever we are called, described a Kurt Vonnegut novel as another fun visit with Uncle Kurt I really liked that description and have since plagiarized that avuncular idea to denote reading a Vonnegut book Like another of my favorites, Robert A Heinlein, who has also been described as a crazy old uncle you run into at a reunion, Uncle Kurt can make you laugh, make you a little uncomfortable, and most of all make you think A Man Without A A while back another writer, a reviewer, a critic, or whatever we are called, described a Kurt Vonnegut novel as another fun visit with Uncle Kurt I really liked that description and have since plagiarized that avuncular idea to denote reading a Vonnegut book Like another of my favorites, Robert A Heinlein, who has also been described as a crazy old uncle you run into at a reunion, Uncle Kurt can make you laugh, make you a little uncomfortable, and most of all make you think A Man Without A Country has been described as possibly the closest thing we Vonnegut fans may get to a memoir from him Like all the rest it is filled with his unique perspective on the world and with maybeacerbic wit and vitriol, and somewhat less playfulness, that can be remembered from most of his works Written in 2004, he did not like George Bush and was unabashedly opposed to the Iraqi invasion He opined that like Mark Twain and Einstein before him, he had given up on humanity, that he had simply grown too grumpy to be funny any Let me respectfully disagree, I smiled throughout most of the short book 145 pages laughed several times and almost fell out of my chair at his explanation as to why he did not win the Nobel Prize for Literature This latest visit with crazy Uncle Kurt was as fun as ever And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say Kurt is up in heaven now That s my favorite joke.In a country that gets its feathers ruffled beyond all rational allowance should one commit the hell worthy trespass of bidding someone else of unknown spiritual beliefs an all encompassing, meant to convey well wishings without presumption Happy holidays and thus betray one s role as a covert hippie cog in the heathen machine that s making a religious majority feel increasingly insecu And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say Kurt is up in heaven now That s my favorite joke.In a country that gets its feathers ruffled beyond all rational allowance should one commit the hell worthy trespass of bidding someone else of unknown spiritual beliefs an all encompassing, meant to convey well wishings without presumption Happy holidays and thus betray one s role as a covert hippie cog in the heathen machine that s making a religious majority feel increasingly insecure about its apex predator status, we have been blessed with the bastion of razor sharp wit and level headed wisdom of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., a man who knew that h umor is a way of holding off how awful life can be, to protect yourself and has offered shelter through laughter, however sardonic it may get, to anyone who s sought either full on refuge or just a few hours of necessary escapism behind the shield of his words Ever since I picked up and tore through Slaughterhouse Five much to my surprised delight, Vonnegut has held a special place in my terminally uncool, fiercely enthusiastic bookworm heart I was not expecting masterfully balanced humor and heartbreak and a tale that positively trounced my initially wary approach in a matter of pages and KV has left me absolutely dazzled if not downright delighted time after time, book after book I usually help myself to a few of his works every year, ever mindful that I don t want to gobble them up too quickly and be left with nothing untilposthumous releases make their way to publication though it s not like Vonnegut was stingy with his output I ve been craving his words and particular perspective a bitkeenly than usual after having felt his influence practically radiate off the pages of George Saunders s own variations on black humor this, rather than a novel, turned out to be exactly what I d wanted.What I got with this collection was what one back cover blurb so correctly asserted to be like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend A Man Without a Country, published two years before Vonnegut s death, during what seemed an especially hopeless stretch of Dubbya s ill gotten presidential stronghold, is nothing but a mosaic of the writer comprising a parade of varied but interlocking short essays And even though it features the proclamation that Mr Vonnegut had lost hope in humanity toward the end of his life, so much of what he put forth in these collected essays contradicted such an uncharacteristic statement from one of the most cautiously optimistic and darkly hilarious writers I ve ever had the good fortune to know through his brainchildren.This all too short collection equal parts biography, writing guide complete with hand drawn plot diagrams and celebration of creativity, no matter how ham fisted, an On Writing of Kurt s own served as a spot on capstone for the literary legacy he left behind, as Vonnegut intended it to be his last published work Far from the cranky, doddering old man he could have become, the insights here betray the good hearted core of an archly lucid humanist who has seen and, indeed, lived through as a WWII soldier and POW the worst his fellow Earthlings can do to each other but still sees a glimmer of hope for their future He knows we ve trashed the Good Mother and her finite resources all in the name of greed and getting from A to B in record time, that we ve used our scientific advances for chiefly devastating effects rather than giant leaps toward good, that politicians are paving the way for a bleaker,selfish way of life but zeros in on the saintly individuals By saints I mean people who behaved decently in a strikingly indecent society, he says who ve made the most of their stay on this hurdling blue marble to the betterment of their tiny but significant microcosm There is hope in these unsung minor heroes and Vonnegut gives a voice to their songs, as there s no hope for the human species but for a few remarkable creatures who do everything they can to benefit whomever they can with whatever they ve got.Between a sci fi moniker a label not of the author s choosing, as discussed herein alongside his vaguely Luddite inklings stemming from his seemingly outlandish visions of the future and his satirical but not caustically so lampooning of all the things wrong with our current society that very well could be handily laying the foundation for such oncoming terrors if we don t address the problems immediately, Vonnegut has left a giant, blinking neon sign pointing toward a better tomorrow for all who are brave and willing enough to downsize their egos to follow his lead He s like the impatient but understanding grandfather we all so desperately need to point out our failings but follows up the well meaning criticism with a cookie and hug, whose high standards but well earned belly laugh make one want to live up to the good of us all standards he has so thoughtfully set up for those who dare to take a gander at the blueprints.I honestly don t know if the world is a better place since Vonnegut issued his last collection I know it s a littlewitless without him but I also know that, on a much smaller scale, I ve been able to improve my staunchly pessimistic regard for my fellow two legged beasts when I stop judging the whole and admire the day to day efforts of those individuals whose good intentions have them railing against the ugliness that could be so easy to submit to if not for their determination to keep fighting the good fight in the stead of greater minds who ve fought before A Man Without a Country is the rally cry for anyone who wants to prove that optimism isn t always a symptom of na vety, that it s only by objectively understanding the bigger picture and your place in it that you can hold an educated opinion about how much better things can be and how we can slowly but steadily make it there.God bless you, Mr Vonnegut and I hope you would have appreciated the joke, sir I think it s a rule that you have to quote Vonnegut if you review his work I ve been bad about it in the past, but this book is essentially just a quotable book What better time to start Some of my favorite quotes from A Man Without a Country Here is a lesson in creative writing First rule Do not use semicolons They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing All they do is show you ve been to college There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don I think it s a rule that you have to quote Vonnegut if you review his work I ve been bad about it in the past, but this book is essentially just a quotable book What better time to start Some of my favorite quotes from A Man Without a Country Here is a lesson in creative writing First rule Do not use semicolons They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing All they do is show you ve been to college There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don t know what can be done to fix it This is it Only nut cases want to be president If you actually are an educated, thinking person, you will not be welcome in Washington DC About Bush I m sure, but really applies in general We are here on Earth to fart around Don t let anybody tell you any different You know, the truth can be really powerful stuff You re not expecting it We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down This is one of my favorites that I come back to often It s both humorous, but a very good and real summation of the arts and why it s important to keep creating If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts I m not kidding The arts are not a way to make a living They are a very human way of making lifebearable Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven s sake Sing in the shower Dance to the radio Tell stories Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem Do it as well as you possibly can You will get an enormous reward You will have created something emphasis added But I am eighty two Thanks a lot, you dirty rats The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon Well, I wonder what thoughts mr Vonnegut would have after last year s electionsI don t want to review this book in detail it s good, it s vonnegutian, it s funny and clever, and you should read it yourself, it ll take you a couple of hours, noAnd that was my only problem with this book it was tBut I am eighty two Thanks a lot, you dirty rats The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon Well, I wonder what thoughts mr Vonnegut would have after last year s electionsI don t want to review this book in detail it s good, it s vonnegutian, it s funny and clever, and you should read it yourself, it ll take you a couple of hours, noAnd that was my only problem with this book it was too short I find it funny how so many Vonnegut fans are able to gloss over Vonnegut s flirtations with socialism, love Vonnegut as a writer and person a Hoosier, ain t he, dammit , and yet have revulsive responses to others mentioning, questioning, and engaging with socialism I know I m remembering wrongly, but when I think of Vonnegut and his writing patterns, I imaginatively think that he mentions Eugene Victor Debs in the first 15 pages of all of his books Certainly it happens in one of them, perha I find it funny how so many Vonnegut fans are able to gloss over Vonnegut s flirtations with socialism, love Vonnegut as a writer and person a Hoosier, ain t he, dammit , and yet have revulsive responses to others mentioning, questioning, and engaging with socialism I know I m remembering wrongly, but when I think of Vonnegut and his writing patterns, I imaginatively think that he mentions Eugene Victor Debs in the first 15 pages of all of his books Certainly it happens in one of them, perhaps in a couple.And now I want to read Marguerite Young s biography of Debs which Vonnegut blurbed favorably Kurt Vonnegut s darkly twisted cantankerous humor mixed with genuine compassion for the human condition makes its way into A Man Without a Country This book, apparently the closest thing to a memoir Vonnegut ever wrote, is a must read for Vonnegut fans and I definitely count myself in that camp Vonnegut has a way of looking at the world that is often quite rationale, but all the same surprising and sometimes disturbing This is a great start to Vonnegut s thinking or a great companion for Kurt Vonnegut s darkly twisted cantankerous humor mixed with genuine compassion for the human condition makes its way into A Man Without a Country This book, apparently the closest thing to a memoir Vonnegut ever wrote, is a must read for Vonnegut fans and I definitely count myself in that camp Vonnegut has a way of looking at the world that is often quite rationale, but all the same surprising and sometimes disturbing This is a great start to Vonnegut s thinking or a great companion for those who have already read some of Vonnegut s classics like Cat s Cradle or Slaughterhouse Five A man without a country, Kurt VonnegutA Man Without a Country subtitle A Memoir Of Life In George W Bush s America is an essay collection published in 2005 by the author Kurt Vonnegut The extremely short essays that make up this book deal with topics ranging from the importance of humor, to problems with modern technology, to Vonnegut s opinions on the differences between men and women Most prevalent in the text, however, are those essays that elucidate Vonnegut s opinions on politics, and A man without a country, Kurt VonnegutA Man Without a Country subtitle A Memoir Of Life In George W Bush s America is an essay collection published in 2005 by the author Kurt Vonnegut The extremely short essays that make up this book deal with topics ranging from the importance of humor, to problems with modern technology, to Vonnegut s opinions on the differences between men and women Most prevalent in the text, however, are those essays that elucidate Vonnegut s opinions on politics, and the issues in modern American society, often from a decidedly humanistic perspective A Man Without a Country was a New York Times Bestseller and a Booksense Notable Book In January 2007, Vonnegut indicated that he intended this to be his final work, a statement that proved to be correct with his death in April 2007 Later published works of Vonnegut s were all published posthumously, and consisted almost entirely of previously unpublished material from early in his career 2012 1386 138 9789648838527 21 1993 2001 1390 128 9789643624255