A Man without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Supposedly, Vonnegut broke a promise he made never to publish another book when he put together a series of ramblings and published it shortly before his death in 2008. The book is far from a success, considering the reputation of the author that I have developed over the years even though I have never, until now, read one of his books. However, it does serve as an interesting starting point for me - beginning with the last work of an author. He talks mainly about his own life. What he had to say was intriguing. There was just not enough of it.

At one point he briefly discusses socialism in the USA and his own Socialist leanings. After a lifetime in America I can assume that even Vonnegut began to develop an appreciation of the free market considering he compiled a few writings into a book which can be read in an afternoon and sold it for $23.95. He must have known that his fan base was large and loyal enough to pay to get their hands on his last insights.

2 comments:

Volks January 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM  

I immediately had to think about The Terminal and its related latest news of 2008, the Japanese tourist who lived at Mexicos airport for 3 months: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20081231a2.html

Volker

ChasHoff June 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

This collection of ramblings was, I believe, actually published after Vonnegut's death by his son. You're missing out if you've not read any other Vonnegut works - start with "Slaughterhouse Five" and followup with the one of his more wacky works like "Cat's Cradle." Socialist or closet capitalist, he was one of the great writers of the 20th Century.

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