[KINDLE] ñ Free Read  Armageddon in Retrospect : by Kurt Vonnegut Ê #2020


  • Title: Armageddon in Retrospect
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9780425226896
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback

  • Armageddon in Retrospect By Kurt Vonnegut The New York Times bestseller a gripping posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace Imbued with Vonnegut s trademark rueful humor and outraged moralThe New York Times bestseller a gripping posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace Imbued with Vonnegut s trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he d been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut s enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today s world.
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001 2003 He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U.S Army and serving in World War II After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse Five, the book which would make him a millionaire This acerbic 200 page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as Vonnegutian in scope Vonnegut was a self proclaimed humanist and socialist influenced by the style of Indiana s own Eugene V Debs and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse Five 1969 , Cat s Cradle 1963 , and Breakfast of Champions 1973

    Armageddon in Retrospect By Kurt Vonnegut

    Commentaires:

    Jason Koivu
    War is a funny thing That s what Vonnegut would have us believe He is right He also realizes that there is nothing funny about war It s a conflicting juxtaposition and yet it is true Armageddon in Retrospect sat in the to be read pile for a good long while I haven t read much Vonnegut since school, when probably about 9 out of 10 Vonnegut readers read his work, but I do enjoy reading him Nonetheless, I dreaded this The title alone told me it would be dreary and the title, for the most part, didn [...]

    Bruce
    I often wonder how readers who did not come of age in the sixties view Kurt Vonnegut I did, and he was iconic How many times since then I have reread Cat s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five with the same enjoyment I did when they were first published Vonnegut s novels are deceptive one has the feeling that one is reading something light, flippant, and ultimately insubstantial only to find the plots and characters remain with one for years afterward.I approached this short collection of his unpublis [...]

    Jim
    There s a great introduction by Vonnegut s son the book is read by Rip Torn, a favorite actor of mine It s pretty interesting The point of Sirens , as put forth by David in 18, seems to have been echoed by Vonnegut s son in a completely unrelated chat between the two shortly before Kurt s death It s worth reading, if only for the intro.The first story was a speech he gave in 2007 that seems to have set the tone The stories so far are OK, but Vonnegut s Dresden horror stories made up most got a b [...]

    cory
    Quoting the author And now please note that I have raised my right hand And that means that I m not kidding, that whatever I say next I believe to be true So here it goes The most spiritually splendid American phenomenon of my lifetime wasn t our contribution to the defeat of the Nazis, in which I played such a large part, or Ronald Reagan s overthrow of Godless Communism, in Russia at least.The most spiritually splendid American phenomenon of my lifetime is how African American citizens have ma [...]

    John
    Vonnegut s harrowing essay on the Dresden bombing, Wailing Shall Be in All Streets, is the highlight and centerpiece of this collection, and one of the best works of anti war art I ve read something like the literary equivalent of Francisco Goya s Disasters of War series This previously unpublished work is undated, but has the immediacy and urgency of an open wound Dresden was the last major German city to escape bombing because there was nothing combative about it it was a city of hospitals and [...]

    TheSkepticalReader
    Never trust my rating on a Vonnegut I love this man.

    Ben Babcock
    After two somewhat disappointing books, I finally picked up a book I ve had since at least my birthday My experience with Kurt Vonnegut remains slimmer than I d like, with most of it locked away in adolescent memories now slipping beyond the horizon of my mind So it feels a little odd to be reading Armageddon in Retrospect, theoretically his last work unless his estate publishes unpublished tidbits , already But I did, and I don t regret it Clap me in irons if you must I m at a loss for what to [...]

    Steven Burt
    I finished Armageddon in Retrospect a few weeks ago It was really good I often wonder about works published posthumously, particularly when the works had been kicking around for a while before the author died.Did the author want them to be published Is there a reason they weren t published while they were alive I graduated from Law School just over one year ago, and it seems that in every different area of law there is a seminal case, the first that you read for the first day of class because it [...]

    Jonathan
    I love this book because it offers so much it s a buffet of essays, artistic sketches and short stories by a writer who managed to stay relevant and fresh into his late 80 s Some may be skeptical of the quality of work because the book was collected and published posthumously, but there s no need to fear that this is just another paycheck for the publisher Most of the contents stand up with the rest of Vonnegut s work, which is to say, he paints pictures here with words of a humorous, horrible w [...]

    Jorge Rosas
    It took me a while to finish this book, at a point I even abandoned it, as a collection of tales is hard to evaluate what s coming next, the first half was slow and a little bit boring but the second half improved lot, with the last shot story been the one that gives the book its title Most of them are about the absurdity of war and how horrible and pointless it is, although recognizing that some dictators really deserve to be taken down Some others are satirical, and deal with the losing side a [...]

    reem
    An amusing collection of essays on war and peace by the ever intelligent ever witty Vonnegut I liked them well enough to give the entire book 3 stars but did I think it was his best work Probably not I never usually give him a lot of stars because his writing always seems lacking to me despite his unabashed brilliance Though there s something curious about the way he tells a story that lures me back in, always, and I ve yet to go a year without reading a Kurt Vonnegut book.

    Corey Pung
    Somehow, over the years, people have started using the phrase bleeding heart liberal as if it were a bad thing In Armageddon in Retrospect, a posthumous collection of essays and stories, Kurt Vonnegut Jr comes off as a bleeding heart liberal in the best sense of the term.There s a distinction to be made between the bleeding heart liberal and the hardline leftist Both are useful and valuable in their own way For an example of the hardened individual, let s look to my idol Christopher Hitchens, w [...]

    Gerry
    This collection of unpublished Vonnegut short stories demonstrates why they were never published when he was alive they aren t very good The only interesting item in Armageddon in Retrospect is a reproduction of the letter he wrote to his family after being freed as a POW in WWII, where he was forced carry the dead to bonfires following the bombing of Dresden The letter hints at the writer he d become a dry humorist with a seemingly unpolished style who tackled great moral questions The only int [...]

    MJ Nicholls
    A fine collection of posthumous writings, themed around Kurt s wartime experiences in Dresden There are some truly essential stories here, among them Just You Me, Sammy and the wonderfully crafty The Commandant s Desk.

    Steven Williams
    This is a small book It is a collection of short pieces by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr on war They range from nonfiction letters and addresses to fiction inventive and non inventive His son has written an introduction to these previously unpublished works.My favorite was of three prisoners of war cleaning up Dresden s streets after its fire bombing What made it the best was that the prisoners under the lose supervision of their guard kept diaries of food recipes and what they would eat first when they got [...]

    Kristen
    This collection of short stories on the topic of war was written throughout his career and released after his death The stories vary widely in quality from absolutely hilarious, heartbreakingly sad, to rather mediocre the majority of them Although the short stories are the bulk of the book but what makes this a must have for any Vonnegut fan is his nonfiction account of the bombing of Dresden, addressed in far detail than any of his writings in the past many of the short stories are also set in [...]

    Simon
    Armageddon In Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut I read this in about 48 hours in Prague and was perfect to be read whilst sitting on our window ledge overlooking the Old Town Square and opposite the Astronomical Clock.This is the Second Book Kurt has put out since he died, why let death get in the way of a good career.It was also the second book of our trip to be set at least in part in Czechoslovakia as it is one of the places Kurt writes about in this collection of unpublished short stories on the t [...]

    Ed
    I have always admired Kurt Vonnegut and liked his writing I m not sure about this collection of essays, speeches, short stories and what all.For one thing, I acquired the audio version and listened to it while driving I think I might have appreciated the work if I had read it rather than listened to it Rip Torn, whose acting I admire, narrated and was almost laughable but not in a good way, especially when doing accents and dialects.The volume contains a number of un published writings I wonder [...]

    Andy
    This was kind of disappointing The stories were generally good, though a lot of them were kind of same y, about his time in the army, in a wrapper of fiction But the book kicks off with a commencement speech he was to deliver, but died before he did It was just depressing He was angry, disheveled, and not funny He was just angry, without seeing any way things could be better.I don t know if the stories were old, and just unpublished, or written somewhat recently, but I was also disappointed by A [...]

    Eric
    About halfway through this short collection, I was fairly unimpressed Not that it was bad, unpublishable tripe that made it only because of Vonnegut s name, but because it just seemed unnecessary, and I felt it had all been said by him already But I kept reading and am glad I did, because the second half of the book is much stronger My favorites were The Unicorn Trap , Just You and Me, Sammy and the title story, Armaggedon in Retrospect I also found Brighten Up to be well written, but it left me [...]

    Mina
    This was my introduction to Vonnegut I think I fell in love with his writing.

    Patrick Peterson
    14 Oct 2017Just finished listening to this and was super impressed with the writing and many of the observations and sense of life.I had read his Slaughterhouse Five back when I was in college in the 70s and remember liking it very much, but feeling disturbed and not quite understanding what he was trying to get across I read it after having seen the movie that had come out just before The movie was also good, and fairly strange, like the book The movie and book were the first I had heard about [...]

    Charlie Webster
    This book is a must for Vonnegut nerds To a reader looking for Vonnegut s best known work this book may not be the best place to start However, if you re a Vonnegut enthusiast this book provides a lot of interesting material First off, the book includes a preface by his son, and a commencement speech Kurt Vonnegut gave before he died Both of those features provide a lot of background into the genius of Kurt Vonnegut Then, we come to the main part of the book, the short stories Honestly, these st [...]

    DipShitBookClub
    Vonnegut and Tupac are the only people I fuck with posthumously.

    Sirbooksalot
    Not my fave Vonnegut but certainly great Vonnegut Sweet, funny, sad, scary Classic stuff from this classic guy

    BMK
    Good mix of short stories Makes me sad that he s gone.

    Tamara
    There are not enough words in the language to properly express how very much I love Kurt Vonnegut I ve never been a huge fan of short stories, but for him I make an exception, and am so glad I did If a person really wants to understand the human cost of war, read Vonnegut As with so many of his other books, this one hits you right in the heart, and has the potential to make you a better person for it.

    Stephen Kozeniewski
    In an anecdote in the book s introduction, Mark Vonnegut relates how his father once asked, Does anybody who s graduated high school even read me any anyway As asked by Kurt, it s meant to be a sign of insecurity, and as related by Mark, it s meant to be ironic, because of course they do And yet, as with any joke, there s than a kernel of truth.I read Vonnegut s best in high school Odds are you did, too Because they re books that speak to the young about the futility and hypocrisy of the adult [...]

    Paul Cockeram
    Opening books published by loving family members after a writer s death can be like opening a trunk discovered in someone else s attic The fantasies of what is inside rarely match the reality, and there s always a danger of finding oneself elbow deep in unwanted junk In this case, Mark Vonnegut is the relative who curated and edited these heretofore unpublished pieces by his father Kurt The introduction proves Mark is a fine writer, and the quality of this work proves he s a tasteful curator, to [...]

    Harley
    If you have not read any of Kurt Vonnegut s books, this is not the place to start This book is for those who love to read everything he has written It is a posthumous collection of short stories, a letter, an essay and a speech that were previously unpublished The central theme is war and soldiers.Kurt s son, Mark, wrote an excellent introduction The first sentence reads Writing was a spiritual exercise for my father, the only thing he really believed in I love this sentence because I think I co [...]

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