Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage
In this revealing collection of essays, Vonnegut examines the issues and events (both personal and social) that shaped the last decade. Ranging from an intimate portrait of his family to a biting commentary of ex-son-in-law Geraldo Rivera to the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, where he was a POW, this book "offers a rare insight into an author who has customarily hidden his heart" (New York Times).
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I loved Fates Worse Than Death. While I enjoyed reading Palm Sunday (the first of his two autobiographical collages), I felt that Fates Worse Than Death was more revealing of Vonnegut's life and personality, and therefore much more interesting. It also has a better flow - it's still delightfully random and and little doodily-do, but I flowed through his ideas and life as easily as if I was floating in a tube down a lazy river, with some sort of delicious drink in hand. Maybe a chocolate milkshake.
Review: Fates Worse Than DeathUser Review - Tracey - Goodreads
collection of speeches & essays, he reflects on religion, war and his second marriage - with a steadily more jaundiced eye. Wampeters Foma and Granfalloons is still my favorite Vonnegut non-fiction, I think. Read full review