Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most prolific if not best American writers of the. BLUEBEARD By Kurt Vonnegut. pp. New York: Delacorte Press. $ BY the high imaginative standards of Kurt Vonnegut at his best.

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I love how Vonnegut is able to tie tethers through time to connect a character’s past to their actions throughout their lives without bouebeard it down the reader’s throat.

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?

BLUEBEARD by Kurt Vonnegut | Kirkus Reviews

Bluebeard is my favorite Vonnegut for one reason. He is being bullied into writing his memoirs by Polly Madison, a writer of cheap blockbuster novels. May 29, Ben Babcock rated it really liked it Shelves: This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire.

He has been through war. Army and serving in World War II. Elsewhere, too, the familiar messages–pacifist, humanist, feminist–are worked in rather clumsily.


Mar 07, Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves: Undismayed, Karabekian retreats to his barn, the forbidden chamber of his Bluebeard’s castle, where he works on a secret and final statement that sums up all he has learned of life. Dec 25, Guillermo rated it really liked it. Their casts are similarly honest, depressed, humbled to the point of self-deprecation, and wonderfully odd.


This in itself is too complex of an issue to be treated fully in an essay of this length, kutr this essay will limit its inquiry to one aspect of the unique difficulties Vonnegut has confronted in Bluebeard, in an effort to illustrate to the reader how each and every aspect within the novel could be as thoroughly examined bluebsard insights just as rewarding.

The seeming incompatibility works both ways. Nuclear energy was going to make electricity so cheap that it might not even be metered… Antibiotics would defeat all diseases. He’s so good at his dark, black humor, so penetrating; it’s like he’s laughing at a knife in his leg, pulls it out of his “meat” and laughs harder about how terrible and ridiculous it is, and gives you the knife saying “try it.

View all 6 comments. Ironically, I think it’s this literal and figurative lack of depth perception that enables him to survive and not commit suicide while all of his other artist friends don’t. New York Khrt writer Julian Moynahan said that Circe Berman sees Karabekian’s main life struggle as strained relationships with women.

Retrieved 13 March This is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. He is a wealthy inhabitant of the Hamptons, the child of Armenian immigrants, and a man waiting for death. He is staggered, outraged… and compliant: Wes’ work is most often described as “whimsical.


In the end, he is as divested of illusions as it is possible for a human to be. Lists with This Book.

This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons. An art movement not without its own tragedies for the painters involved. I loved how in Bluebeard he snapped back and forth with the “back to the past: Bluebeard is more melancholy and less slapstick than Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions which he is more renowned for.

At last, out vonmegut affection for a persistent window who has bossed her way into his life, he reveals his secret blufbeard her – a tour de force that Vonnegut handles in a masterly way, and which closes this wry and inficitley good-houmoured novel.

This state of mind allows too many of us vonegut lie and cheat and steal from the rest of us, to sell us junk and addictive poisons and corrupting entertainments. He’s famous for his paintings, you see: The scene is represented by a greenish-orange background with six brown strips of tape for the deer on one side, and one strip of red tape on the opposite side for the hunter. To ask other readers questions about Bluebeardplease sign up.