A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

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A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut’s hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life ("If I die—God forbid—I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, ‘Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?"), art ("To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."), politics ("I asked former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton what he thought of our great victory over Iraq and he said, ‘Mohammed Ali versus Mr. Rogers.’"), and the condition of the soul of America today ("What has happened to us?").
Based on short essays and speeches composed over the last five years and plentifully illustrated with artwork by the author throughout, A Man Without a Country gives us Vonnegut both speaking out with indignation and writing tenderly to his fellow Americans, sometimes joking, at other times hopeless, always searching.
 

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Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers." Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.
 
Published September 1, 2005 by Seven Stories Press. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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In “Here is a lesson in creative writing,” there is a slapdash reading of Hamlet, in which Vonnegut asserts of Polonius, “Shakespeare regards him as a fool and disposable.” Vonnegut is at his best when he simply tells us about his enthusiasms: for socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs;

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A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut (Bloomsbury, £7.99) Why should not old men be mad?

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In less caustic terms, he notes an interesting dichotomy in one of the positions taken by the religious right as they rose to political power.

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Reading Kurt Vonnegut's latest work, A Man Without A Country, makes one thing clear.

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Vonnegut's fiction such as Slaughterhouse 5 or Hocus Pocus remains the place to start for novices – but Country serves as a summing up of this unique voice's views, a fine final epilogue.

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Chamber Four

For readers unfamiliar with Vonnegut, I wouldn’t recommend starting here, but I’d recommend starting immediately.

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Spirituality & Practice

The playful, smart, sappy (he uses the term about himself), and prophetic man of letters, Kurt Vonnegut displays his wry humor, cultural criticism, political satire, and savage commentaries on the insanity of our times in this ribald collection of pieces from the Chicago paper called In These Times.

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