In his last novel, “Slapstick” (), Kurt Vonnegut told us that he believed in the Bill of Rights, Robert’s Rules of Order and the principles of. [Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target Nothing is spared.” —People Jailbird takes us into a fractured and. Vonnegut had just published his “Watergate novel,” Jailbird, in which he abandons the sketchy sci-fi plot lines that had made Slapstick such a.

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He wondered if they might not be sadists. This was my first foray into Kurt Vonnegut territory, and I expected to have stronger feelings one way or another about his work. However, sharp criticisms are also made against communism and idealism. Having lived through much of the twentieth century, Walter is the world-weary proxy for the author, able to use his decades of experience in the public service to demonstrate how, no matter what happens, this is life.

The narrative proper begins with the protagonist, the elderly Walter Starbuck, in prison. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Walter’s life has always been a life of the moment, and his very values and core This is, if not the best Vonnegut I have read, at least in the top two. View the Lesson Plans. Some of my favorite things with Vonmegut writing shone brilliantly through his writing, yet again. Part of Vonnegut’s appeal is his everyman’s view of things. Apparently that whole Sacco and Vanzetti thing was as important as that graphic novel I read about the wobblies said, it must have been because Vonnegut constantly references it throughout the book, according to the index at least a dozen times.

But it vonneguf as good as those earlier works by Vonnegut, and its message of treating others with kindness and civility probably comes across better in God Bless Vonnegyt, Mr. Return to Book Page. This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. There was a problem adding your email address.

Jailbird – Wikipedia

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Through the actions and thoughts of the characters, heavy criticism is made of American corporatism. Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. You did have jailbbird remarkable number of opportunities, whether you took them or not.

Jailbird certainly hadn’t become a part of my larger cultural consciousness, the way Cat’s Cradle or SH-5 had. I look at Vonnegut as many look upon their grandfathers. And the ones who, even if what they say hits you with a jolt – and Vonnegut’s lines often do that – they nonetheless fit in. Latent in Jailbird seems to be the premise that World War II really fucked everything up in terms of capitalism versus communism in a way that few people anticipated. Who puts an i Maybe this really deserves four stars, I just can’t tell anymore.

He himself was so little interested vonnnegut wealth that he scarcely heard what his auditor had to say to him.

It is plain to see that there is a host of individuals out there who regard Vonnegut as an icon, and I will not presume to gainsay them. Starbuck, the hero though he would probably prefer we not call him thatfinds a paperback book in a bathroom stall at an airport and decides to read it.

In the intro to JailbirdVonnegut refers to a letter he had recently received from a high-school reader who told Vonnegut he had read almost everything by him and jsilbird to share the single idea he found at the jailbirdd o I don’t mind so much the Republicans who embrace greed and general douche-baggery.

After her death, Starbuck conceals the will and accepts a full time job at RAMJAC which, as he himself says, would have fallen apart if the will had been found and Mary Kathleen’s wishes adhered to. At the same time, Starbuck also re-encounters the ex-friend he betrayed decades earlier, and is surprised to discover that he Starbuck has been forgiven by both the friend and by Mary Kathleen who, Starbuck says in narration, he dumped because she wasn’t high class enough.

As the story goes on, Vonnegut introduces any number of improbably named supporting cast members, dipping into their lives to various degrees, and connecting them in ways both unlikely and realistically serendipitous.

Vonnegut’s books which you should want to do please don’t start with this book. This is, if not the best Vonnegut I have read, at least in the top two. Kurt Vonnegut’s characters and plotlines are the literary equivalent of ‘that’s just how it be on this bitch of an earth’ and I love it.


I was paid thirty-six thousand dollars a year. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I think “sentimental ironist” isn’t a bad summation of Vonnegut’s style, though his books always have a unique theme or thread running through them. Both authors like to play with ideas of fascism.

But if that doesn’t make you want to read Vonnegut, nothing will. Order our Jailbird Study Guide.

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They aren’t forced, they naturally belong just there where the reader sets upon them. This is the second book I’ve read after challenging, bribing my year-old son to read some of my Vonnegut paperbacks. I could barely remember Jailbird ; I knew there was a bag lady and vonnegyt to unions, but that was about it.

There were several things that made me fall in vonndgut with this story, which actually not my standard favorite things about Vonnegut novels. This most human and humane of authors who was an atheist and whose books have been burned by these same smug, sanctimonious conservative nutjobs has a better handle than they do on the gospel of Christ which, ironically enough, is the same message you’ll find in those books that were burned.

Retrieved Jailibrd 1, And on and on. Yet there is so much more to be said and so many other people saying it.


Though its cost in terms of lives was staggering and atrocious, it did jumpstart the economies of Europe and America, even as it triggered the long slide of Russian communism towards its eventual collapse. Retrieved March 22, Even when Vonnegut it as his most negative about a situation, his conviction that compassion and generosity would be enough to fix whatever problem he’s dwelling on shines through.

Rosewaterleft me rather cold—this one, Jailbirdwas much better.