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I concluded that the best thing for me and for those around me was to want nothing, to be enthusiastic about nothing, to be as unmotivated as possible, in fact, so that I would never again hurt anyone Kurt Vonnegut s Deadeye Dick was meant, I think, to be read as the mundane experience of one family, interspersed with recipes and finally an admission on the part of the narrator of being a double murderer The way Vonnegut writes this memoir doesn t change after that however, crazy moments con I concluded that the best thing for me and for those around me was to want nothing, to be enthusiastic about nothing, to be as unmotivated as possible, in fact, so that I would never again hurt anyone Kurt Vonnegut s Deadeye Dick was meant, I think, to be read as the mundane experience of one family, interspersed with recipes and finally an admission on the part of the narrator of being a double murderer The way Vonnegut writes this memoir doesn t change after that however, crazy moments continue to break through the surface and be recalled as if they were not at all remarkable When the narrator later reveals that this life is predicated on the murders he committed and his attempt to be a neuter and a pharmacist who might have been a writer , the meaning of the memoir is transformed Along with the absurdity of life, Vonnegut takes on prescription drug use and responsible gun ownership In Vonnegut style, Deadeye Dick ends in absurdity with the narrator experiencing a case of diarrhea accompanied by a sense of relief Most of the action of Deadeye Dick occurs in the most ordinary city of Midland, Ohio, the setting for Breakfast of Champions Not my favorite of Vonnegut s many works, but it becomes increasingly interesting as it unfolds 3.5 stars To be is to do Socrates To do is to be Sartre Do be do be do Sinatra This is satire at its blackest Deadeye Dick might be the angriest of Vonnegut s books nuclear weapons, small town life, hopeless parents and marriages, drug addiction, warped governments, racism, police brutality and gun laws It s all here in this mulligan stew of righteous indignation.Brilliant A real tour de force of grumpy trouble making. 2019 rereadMany of Vonnegut s books are set in or at least mention Midland City, Ohio This was the canvas on which he painted so much of his great work, and therein resided so many of his recurring characters It was to him as Yoknapatawpha County was to William Faulkner.Deadeye Dick had so much in common with his 1973 work Breakfast of Champions, it could almost be a loose sequel We walk the sidewalks and run into Dwayne Hoover, Celia Hoover, Fred Berry and maybe even a brief glimpse at o 2019 rereadMany of Vonnegut s books are set in or at least mention Midland City, Ohio This was the canvas on which he painted so much of his great work, and therein resided so many of his recurring characters It was to him as Yoknapatawpha County was to William Faulkner.Deadeye Dick had so much in common with his 1973 work Breakfast of Champions, it could almost be a loose sequel We walk the sidewalks and run into Dwayne Hoover, Celia Hoover, Fred Berry and maybe even a brief glimpse at our writer, in a similar fashion as he appeared in BOC.Like so much of his work, and like most great fiction, it is about a great many things besides the surface story told On the surface it is about a boy who, in a moment of reckless carelessness, does something terrible and about all the horrible consequences that flow from that sad event.But step back from Vonnegut s easel, take a broader look at what s going on and, of course, KV has said much , he has given us a cynical, satirical image of our world where wealth, privilege and apathy has left us with deadly playthings in the hands of children.He also hints that these same children grow up to get their hands on much worse playthings.A recurring theme one of the many that likely provides a universal and timeless quality to his work is the useless and passively dangerous idle rich man Here we find Otto Waltz, the father of our narrator Rudy Waltz, who is a pharmaceutical heir and erstwhile painter He is sent, before the first World War, to Vienna to develop his nonexistent artistic ability The educational sojourn of course turns into a drinking and carousing boondoggle and Otto befriends a young Austrian painter who would later almost destroy the world.Vonnegut takes us again on a roller coaster ride of American hopes and dreams, traveling through a kaleidoscope of the darker truths as well Deadeye Dick starts out with a vintage Vonnegut gem, as the opening paragraph of chapter one is a lovely and unique statement about how we set our values in life Actually it is about how our values are placed on us by the environment in which we are raised and nurtured He sets up the motif of our lives as peepholes which open when we are born, and close when we die, and that is it It is a clever and original method of presenting this thought.This novel reads and feels like a typical Vonnegu Deadeye Dick starts out with a vintage Vonnegut gem, as the opening paragraph of chapter one is a lovely and unique statement about how we set our values in life Actually it is about how our values are placed on us by the environment in which we are raised and nurtured He sets up the motif of our lives as peepholes which open when we are born, and close when we die, and that is it It is a clever and original method of presenting this thought.This novel reads and feels like a typical Vonnegut in its style and simplicity, and I will not complain about that The novel is told in first person by the protagonist Rudy Waltz who earns the unfortunate nickname Deadeye Dick early in his life and once again Vonnegut employs simple childlike language to deceive you into zipping along with the reading and then suddenly finding yourself immersed in the middle of a profound thought Then you are stuck thinking about it, and it is off to the races The narrative is told as Rudy recounts for us his life, and for the most part it is told in linear flashback scenes Vonnegut also incorporates an interesting device here, as Rudy likes to examine bits of his life as little playlets This device is effective for a couple of reasons as it breaks up the narrative style of the novel, and it also highlights the idea of our lives as short bursts of theater or stories We are all tales told by an idiot signifying nothing Chapters twelve and thirteen of this text are mesmerizing in their simplicity and depth of theme, and in chapter twelve especially Vonnegut does something that is nothing short of amazing He makes you feel immense and deserving pity for a person who accidently and arrogantly shot and killed a pregnant woman on Mother s Day The reader finds themselves embarrassed when they recognize the fact that we seem to lose our humanity when we are confronted by the worst among us and fail to see that they too are human Shame on us Vonnegut is saying, and it stings Of special mention is an editorial that the husband of the murdered pregnant women writes in the local paper It ends chapter thirteen, and although I don t agree with all of it, wow oh wow is Vonnegut on fire in this part of the book.On page 127 of the novel Vonnegut put his theme right out there for all to see Rudy has spent his life connecting with no one and nothing He is a virgin, has no friends, no real career, etc All of this out of fear of hurting other people It is foolish nobility, as pain is a part of life and is to be accepted, maybe even embraced as a sign of being alive Vonnegut seems to be saying that the tragedy in Rudy s, and our, life is not that he has done an awful deed that forever changed his and others lives It is that he gave up and stopped living once it happened Vonnegut is warning us Not you too You will hurt and be hurt, but live damn it At one point in the novel a character obsesses about a parachute while flying, wanting to guarantee a safe landing Deadeye Dick seems to be saying keep looking, and don t stop flying in the meantime Many reviews have said this is a dark novel I disagree I think it is urging us to live At one point a character says, This is as much Shangri Lai as anywhere That is the point folks Embrace your own place in this world, and make it work to some extent Rudy Waltz is the example of what not to be Vonnegut is not celebrating him he is using him as a warning bell.Heed the warning, and read this book That is my principal objection to life, I think It s too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes if I have to describe the most pervasive theme of the book using one sentence, it would be this one the protagonist, rudy waltz, accidently commits a double murder when he is twelve, and the lives rest of his life as sort of a redemption for his horrible deed in the past i concluded that the best thing for me and for those around me was to want nothing, to be enthusiastic about n That is my principal objection to life, I think It s too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes if I have to describe the most pervasive theme of the book using one sentence, it would be this one the protagonist, rudy waltz, accidently commits a double murder when he is twelve, and the lives rest of his life as sort of a redemption for his horrible deed in the past i concluded that the best thing for me and for those around me was to want nothing, to be enthusiastic about nothing, to be as unmotivated as possible, in fact, so that I would never again hurt anyone there are moments in our lives where we find ourselves standing on the diverging paths, roads that lead us to different versions of ourselves it is the our choices in those moments that come to define the rest of our lives what if i had chosen a different college what if i hadn t changed cities what if i chose to give some relationships a second chance what if i had gone to my grandmother s funeral, would i still be carrying guilt what if, as rudy waltz would say, i hadn t fired a bullet into the seeming nothingness that day but the thing about choices is, that sooner or later we have to own them we have to stop escaping our responsibilities by blaming the circumstances, the unfairness, the randomness of life because if there is any connecting dot in our past and our future it is our ability to make choices vonnegut, in his book, is trying to explain that the greatest tragedy in Rudy s life, and in ours, is not the occurrence of the murder, not our choices, rather the abandonment of them Rudy, despite given another chance, fails to live almost similar to us, when we fail to come out of our past selves.my first by vonnegut, and i have to admit that nobody else could use the word peephole , still somehow manage to sound intelligent, write a book filled with various disturbing scenarios coated with his dark humor, and throw in recipes of dishes instead of acknowledgment of grief Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe and who we say we are Description Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believeand who we say we are Minorite Church Vienna by Adolf Hitler 1910 1912O Description Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believeand who we say we are Minorite Church Vienna by Adolf Hitler 1910 1912Our narrator is the son of the artist who befriended Adolf Hitler The recipes, who expected those St Elmo s recipe a mixture of grain alcohol, opium, and cocaine, it won t hurt you unless you stop taking it.CR Deadeye Dick3 Slaughterhouse Five4 Cat s Cradle5 Mother Night3 Gal pagosTR A Man Without a CountryTR Bluebeard4 God Bless You, Dr Kevorkian TR Palm Sunday An Autobiographical Collage 3 Report on the Barnhouse Effect3 Thanasphere I keep thinking at some point I ll age out of Kurt Vonnegut and relegate him to the echelon of writers I used to love but yet I never do Just when I think his voice is a bit too dismissive, his style a bit too oblique, and his moralizing just a hair too on the nose, I m drawn in inexorably to the weird little worlds he creates Deadeye Dick is no exception, if anything, it s a bleak but heartening testament to the dreadfully optimistic, optimistically dreadful, light that Vonnegut shined on I keep thinking at some point I ll age out of Kurt Vonnegut and relegate him to the echelon of writers I used to love but yet I never do Just when I think his voice is a bit too dismissive, his style a bit too oblique, and his moralizing just a hair too on the nose, I m drawn in inexorably to the weird little worlds he creates Deadeye Dick is no exception, if anything, it s a bleak but heartening testament to the dreadfully optimistic, optimistically dreadful, light that Vonnegut shined on our modern American moment.There are few other writers, if any, I can name that are able to balance pathos and humanity as well as Vonnegut Usually they either succumb to brilliant but lugubrious naval gazing or simply opt out of deep introspection with a cursory, even peremptory sort of paean to middle class morality leading to happiness Vonnegut doesn t and never seems to take the easy way out in either direction He does the near impossible by allowing the world to show itself as awful as it is and equals this by showing his malformed and imperfect characters facing this deprived and depraved moment as only flawed human beings can, that is to say, honestly.This is a great work andthan stands alongside Vonnegut s pillar works, highly recommended to those who need to be reminded that despite their pain and their loneliness and their defective brains screaming otherwise, you are not alone Before this, I had read a number of Vonnegut titles But, unlike all of his other works that i have encountered, this one had a significant lack of science as far as the science fiction goes There was no space opera that we find in The Sirens of Titan There were no aliens, like in Slaughter house 5 and no time travel either There was not a single gram of Ice Nine nor was there an omniscient narrator that met his colorful creations at the end to give them advice Apart from a neutron bom Before this, I had read a number of Vonnegut titles But, unlike all of his other works that i have encountered, this one had a significant lack of science as far as the science fiction goes There was no space opera that we find in The Sirens of Titan There were no aliens, like in Slaughter house 5 and no time travel either There was not a single gram of Ice Nine nor was there an omniscient narrator that met his colorful creations at the end to give them advice Apart from a neutron bomb at the end which is a very real weapon , the book was largely mundane But, it is this mediocrity that makes it exceptional Vonnegut has shown us the portrait of Midland City, in crystal clear 3D imaging And, in doing so, he has provided us with a portrait of the quintessential American suburb The main characters in this book all come from this negligible point on the map, and they all share in common key events the local production of a Broadway flop, the worst blizzard of 1960, the double murder of an innocent mother and her unborn child, the senior prom of a certain Felix Waltz, and the atomic destruction of every life within city limits These events may seem chaotically assembled, with no clear pattern between them But, hey, so does the Midwest Everyone s favorite scifi satirist has proven in Deadeye Dick that he can take even the ordinary and turn it into something his readers just can t stop thinking about Good job, Kurt