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A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged oEl bars and airport waiting areas to spare you the horrifying possibilityf conversation with Think good thoughts about a pussycat others Since the contentsf Sucker s Portfolio are largely not entirely short fiction it can be picked up and abandoned at will The contents One, Two, Three Me of the stories are by far from the author s best which is probably the reason nonef them saw the light f day until the literary executors determined it was time to get the last few drops f blood Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos outf the turnipI don t mind reading minor works by well known writers for many reasons among them it s reassuring knowing that even the well regarded had ff days it s interesting to compare the best work by a writer with less than best what works what doesn t why sometimes a writer reveals in failure than works what doesn t why sometimes a writer reveals in failure than Also the lightweight nature f the book and its contents allow you to uickly return and incoming mixed metaphor plow the needed furrows in whatever literary doorstop has currently caught your fancyI enjoy reading the Tea for Ruby opinionsf The Life of Saint Philip Neri others here at Goodreads Just as I sometimes do in many areasf endeavor in real life I find the judgment f ther readers inexplicable In this case I felt that the long non fiction piece The Last Tazmanian was by far the weakest piece n the book although many thers stopped to praise it in these electronic pages In my I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 opinion this essay is the sortf prolonged The Whistle Pig old codger getff f my lawn cane n the floor banging that well regarded writers tend to indulge in when they are well after their prime and floor banging that well regarded writers tend to indulge in when they are well after their prime and world continues to spin ff n its disastrous course with supreme indifference to the distinguished career Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things of the writer It s actually an embarrassment to read even if especially if you agree with thepinions expressed therein about Christopher Columbus the sad fate f indigenous peoples the pernicious effect OF TELEVISION AND OTHER TOPICS I television and ther topics I imagine Vonnegut looking at this essay and saying What a mess I ll put this in the bottom drawer and see if I can improve it in a few months but never uite getting back to itIt s a shame that there isn t any information in the book r as far as I can tell nline about when the fiction might have been written the reader is left to guess by piecing together clues from the make Rufus of cars and typef telephones for example the characters are using It s my guess that most f the stories including the unfinished fragment at the end came from the pen f a much younger writer They are cheerful vigorous and straightforward than the cranky 1992 essay Some readers here complained that they are dated which I think might be some sort You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of codeword I have not noticed previously for views in Vonnegut s case about women OK at the time but now considered unsuitable the views not the women Since I was not expecting a modelf enlightened thought I guess it didn t bother me much but then again it might have had I been a member f the group being represented in a manner which might charitably be called unflattering but also could be accurately called insulting I got this ebook for 199 as a Kindle Daily Deal and I have noticed that n com as elsewhere in life what goes around comes around meaning if you are willing to check back nearly every day like a little lambkin it may return to Daily Deal dom and you might be able to pick it up cheap too If like me you are a practicing cheapstake it is worth the effort 45 starsMaybe it s because I haven t rea. With piercing satire and an eye for life’s bscene inanity Also available for the first time is an unfinished science fiction short story included in the appendixThese stories trace trivial human lives and mundane desires which is precisely where Vonnegut’s inimitable perspective as a human. .

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Ò 2 Review


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times where I really enjoyed short story collection I m now realizing that annoyingly none f these never before published stories had a date The Cowboys of compositionn them I nly mention this because I guess I just assume they were all early works I mean that makes sense since short stories represented KV s first foray into fiction and since literally anything he wrote post Slaughterhouse Five would have been published So assuming these are all precursors to Vonnegut S Big Works s big works is just awesome to see nascent ideas that would come to beautifully dominate those big works In ne story he has the beginning f the Tralfamadorian concept f Time just without his staple aliens themselves maybe he hadn t come up with an anagram for fatal dream at the time In another he predicts his final complete novel Timeuake a personal favorite in that characters prefer to go through life as unthinking robots My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City on autopilot so to speak Finallyther stories have characters that are too stock beginnings that are trying too hard for a hook and endings that are just blah And for me those are some f the best it s like seeing an author develop his craft The writing may at times be clunky and the BIG ideas are just taking shape but you just know that it s the kindling that will serve for a brilliant blazing beautiful conflagration This is a collection f 6 fiction stories and 1 non fiction essay that published in serial format under its Serials imprint The appendix includes an unfinished science fiction story It s complete now so buying it get 45 stars I bloody loved this Knowing the last story was unfinished physically tugged Whos Next? Guess Who! on my heart I want to know Sucker s Portfolio is a collectionf previously unpublished short fiction and essays by Kurt Vonnegut Published in 2012 this compilation features six short stories an essay and the beginning draft f a story that ends midway through a scene Several f the stories have the feel and tone Papi's Gift of stories published in Welcome to the Monkey House his collectionf short stories published in 1968 Those stories were first written in the 50s and 60s but I am unsure when the stories from Sucker s Portfolio were written My favorite story was Paris France which seems to pull together the charm humor and devilish powers f bservation that Vonnegut used to mastery The Last Tasmanian a rambling essay about the sins f Western Civilization written in 1992 seems familiar to me I may have read it in a magazine some time ago but it served up a healthy portion f Vonnegut s acerbic wit and political cynicism The draft グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] of the story Robotville and Mr Caslow showed promise using themes similar to those from The Sirensf Titan Not his best but like pizza and sex less than best is still pretty good A true fan will smile and laugh and enjoy another visit with ur favorite ld mid western curmudgeon the bottomless well f human yearning I am a huge Kurt Vonnegut fan so a friend bought me Sucker s Portfolio for Christmas I had not even heard f it It is an publication The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of 6 short stories 1 essay and 1 unfinished storyf Vonnegut s that were never published For what it is it is kay Especially if you are already a fanThe 6 stories are fine None are brilliant none are awful Most are solidMy favorite selection in the text is the essay The Last Tasm. Ist shines illuminating his alternating hopeful and dismal utlook although undoubtedly focusing File Under: Arson on the latter Here as in his greatest novels Vonnegut’s writing takes us to the darkest cornersf the human soul and with wit and humor manages to remind us Wicked Sense ofur potential to be something great. ,
The previously unpublished stories are fine but the stand ut is the essay Last Tasmanian which is classic Vonnegut through and through and worth the alone My five star ace forever and ever My first taste f Vonnegut I am feeling Luke warm about this I didn t have strong Powerless Against You opinions really Sortf good Sort f meh Wouldn t avoid books by Vonnegut in the future but I also would not seek them ut Yeah Just kind f meh I haven t read much Kurt Vonnegut yet though I m trying to rectify that So far I ve just read Slaughterhouse Five though I have a bunch f his books Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training on the endless to read list This particular book was free to borrown the Kindle and who doesn t love freeThis was an interesting collection The Texan Meets His Match of stories I liked mostf them and thought ne r two were duds but verall they didn t blow me awayHowever the final non fiction essay that blew me away It was Absolutely Brilliant And Made Me Want To Read Of His brilliant and made me want to read f his Do these exist I found myself nodding and highlighting passage after passage I think the book is worth it for this essay aloneI would have rated this 3 stars but bumped up to 4 just for this essayCompletely forgot to mention the unfinished scifi story at the end there was definitely some great build up and I wish we had gotten to read the entire thingBunch The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of my favorite highlights all from the non fiction essayWe like to pretend that so many important disco People say you can t learn anything from social media but I have learned from Goodreads about normal behavior whichtherwise exists in my life mostly as a rumor Specifically I have learned that many people read than Blue Guide New York one book at a time apparently remembering eachf them individually This strikes me as an intellectual feat n a par with Mr Memory in The 39 Steps who amazed music hall audiences by recalling random facts such as the distance between Winnipeg and Montreal n demand I possess amazed music hall audiences by recalling random facts such as the distance between Winnipeg and Montreal Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered on demand I possess enough gray matter remaining in theld coconut to retain the Garden of The Gods ongoing action in a single book This is possibly a resultf repeated exposures to the delightful chemical concoctions f the Jameson family f County Cork The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now or maybe it s just the runf the mill ravages f time Whatever the reason I rarely assay a new book unless finished with the ld Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments one However it is my strange and not unpleasant fate in life to be periodically served up with blocksf time Goig of happy isolation in remote lands freed from both the seemingly unbreakable dinf popular culture eg the latest brayings Where Alligators Sleep of those who hope to grab political power as well as the tyrannical necessitiesf fashion eg having to wash Saraswati Park one swn clothes In these happy moments I am able to seize upon Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits onef the many great doorstops f Western literature and plow through it secure in the knowledge that if any f the Young And Naive, Wasted Years oxen I see daily getbstreperous I possess the means to render the beast non compos mentisBut there are inevitably times when Ebekulak one cannot practically carry a volume such as thene I am working Israeli Soldier Girl on now whose main text is 980 pages manyf them without so much as a new paragraph indentation followed by 100 pages Understories of 8 point digressive footnotes that would have Natty Bumppo reaching for the Visine At these moments it is fine to have a book like Sucker s Portfolio you see now I actually am going to get to the point somedayn hand waiting patiently Commissar on the tiny e gadgetf choice in your pocket to be produced in hot. Available to readers for the first time Sucker’s Portfolio showcases a collection Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook of seven never before published works from Kurt Vonnegutne f the greatest writers f the 20th century Short sardonic and dark these six brief fiction stories and ne non fiction piece are consummate Vonnegut. Suckers Portfolio