Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, He was the New York Times bestselling . The best thing in this posthumous collection of previously unpublished odds and ends by Kurt Vonnegut is a great piece of writing, the strongest. First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new writings – a fitting tribute to the author, and.

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Several continue to haunt me. The concentrated power of a novel is a beautiful thing in itself, but one gets a better sense of the mind behind it by reading in smaller chunks, spaced over a longer time.

Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace

Harley King, Vonnegut fans. It wasn’t, I suspect, so much that he hated the world, more that the world had let him down, and this farewell volume has left me with sympathy, affection, admiration and gratitude, but without much hope. As for Kurt Vonnegut, every book he wrote had Dresden sketched into some corner somewhere. Learn more about Amazon Prime. A Man Without a Country. He was passionate about getting it right. This central theme makes what might have seemed a random collection of stories purposeful and related.

It puzzles me that other people consider it unusual. I laughed and cried throughout it. Some of the other stories that make up this short book are not quite as good. This book has restored my faith in Kurt Vonnegut. Not that it was bad, unpublishable tripe that made it only because of Vonnegut’s name, but because it just seemed unnecessary, and I felt it had all been said by him already. He believed our world could be a better place if we were kind to one another and took the time to try a little harder.


And I remembered that as I straightened up beside our manhole and stared and listened and sniffed. The last words of his last speech, reprinted here, were: My favorite of the stories are: Clap me in irons if you must! The boundaries of the column seemed absolutely sharp and unwavering, as though made of glass.

Start reading Armageddon in Retrospect on your Kindle in under a minute. It’s a conflicting juxtaposition and yet it is true.

I think I knew my Dad well. Read by Rip Torn. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. See all books by Kurt Vonnegut.

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In the end, Vonnegut reminds of the dangers of romanticizing the nobility of soldiers of any nationality or the justness of occupying another land. This book starts with the last speech he’d written; if nothing else, go find and ready that.

Dresden comes up numerous times in his stories. There can be no doubt that the Allies fought on the side of right and the Germans and Japanese on the side of wrong.


I read them as semi-autobiographical I have no idea if that was his intention. Both are useful armagfddon valuable in their own way. Navy force a month after the atom bombing. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. He was like an extrovert who wants to be an introvert, a very social guy who wanted to be a loner, a lucky person vnonegut would have preferred to kurr unlucky.

It has been a while since I read Kurt Vonnegut but these writings recall his early, sardonic style which I so much enjoyed in the 70’s. His mother killed herself on Mother’s Day, Armageddon in Retrospect sat in the to-be-read pile for a good long while.

His speech is peppered with jokes—including one about a man who was smuggling wheelbarrows, which I found hilarious—and absurd asides.

Though there’s something curious retropect the way he tells a story that lures me back in, always, and I’ve yet to go a year without reading a Kurt Vonnegut book.

He reported back to work, was asked to write vonnevut short piece on a racehorse that jumped over a fence and tried to run away.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. No trivia or quizzes yet. The most spiritually splendid American phenomenon of my lifetime is how African-American citizens hav Quoting the author: Books by Kurt Vonnegut. I remembered Vonnegut being funny and clever.

It was really good.